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The expert’s roundtable discussion on COP28 and Tanzania’s NDCs was held on 1st June, 2023, at Protea Hotel Oysterbay in Tanzania. The objective of the discussion was to engage pre-COP28 stakeholders, academia, policy makers, and climate experts in a collective effort to raise awareness, foster accountability, and drive action on climate change. The discussion aimed to understanding international and national climate action processes, the outcome of COP27, evaluate the status of Tanzania’s NDCs and identify practical solutions for effective implementation and plans towards COP28. The major theme of the discussion was how to keep the 1.5°C goal alive and how to strengthen adaptation and mitigation actions, including loss and damage. The alarming projections of global warming and greenhouse gas emissions reaching catastrophic levels underscore the urgency to address the climate crisis now.


Expert's Roundtable Discussion

The United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), Conference of Parties (COP28) is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai from 30th November to 12th December, 2023. It’s major goal is to critically reassess the real implementation of 2015 Paris Climate Agreement as the COP 26 Glasgow Climate Pact and COP 27 Shamel Sheikh’s Implementation Plan. The main COP 28 Agenda will be: Loss and Damage, Climate Finance and Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP). Climate Science shows that the Current Emissions and Global Warming Projections are reaching catastrophic proportions and levels particularly in Greenhouse gasses emissions whereby last year 2022 the warning levels reached 1.15oC. Undoubtedly, these facts pose untold and unprecedented critical quantitative and qualitative humano – economic, existential, health, educational, social, nutritional, political, infrastructural dilemmas, challenge, risks and vulnerabilities both to people, planet and biodiversity to thousands of years to come. Hence, threatening common wellbeing, peace and security of humanity the planet locally and globally than ever before. It is an undeniable fact that Africa (including) Tanzania is the most affected continent. In response to this the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Tanzania collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Consortium for Development and Environment (KCDE) based in Kilimanjaro, deemed it relevant and critical to engage Pre-COP 28 Stakeholders, academia, policy makers and climate experts for round table discussions and consultations as effective spaces and opportunity for collective awareness, accountability and action.

UJAMAA: Past and Present

The concept of Ujamaa and its impact on postcolonial Tanzania

This article aims at promoting an understanding of the concept of Ujamaa in its key ideas and of its relevance as a policy that still has an impact on postcolonial Tanzania. Using Julius Nyerere’s essay „Ujamaa - the Basis for African Socialism“ (1962) as a starting point, this article seeks to explore Ujamaa’s multifaceted meanings and realities, addressing the Arusha Declaration (1967) and the beginnings of a villagization program. It furthermore aims at critically reflecting on the role and portrayal of Julius Nyerere concerning Ujamaa.

KAS and EU goes to the pitch

Sports for Development

This article provides a brief overview of the activities in the European Union project Together for peace in Zanzibar. Spanning from the sports for development approach to the encouragement of political dialogue, it connects the population politically, socially and physically in multi-dimensional inclusion efforts.

Tanzania Agency in the international System

On 24 November 2022, the Chatham House Africa Program, in partnership with KAS, convened a public webinar event on Tanzanian foreign policy. Now a Event Report has been Publised.

The Webinar explored Tanzania’s international partnerships and external engagements in a context of global geopolitical change marked by war in Ukraine, climate change and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also marked the first in a series in partnership with KAS on Tanzania’s Foreign Policy Agenda: Economic Diplomacy and International Agency. Now a detailed Event Report has been published with the outcomes of the discussion.

Tanzania and the Ukraine War

A German perspective

An attempt from a German perspective to answer questions about Tanzania's abstention in the UN Resolution and what impact the relationship between the African country and not only Russia, but also China has on it.

Climate Change Vulnerabilities, Risks and Opportunities in the AMECEA Region.

A Contribution to the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Conference 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

According to the latest 5th Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there is strong evidence that the impacts of climate change are already striking Africa hard. The health, livelihoods, and food security of people in Africa are all affected by climate change. We at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), together with local partners, aim to raise awareness for issues pertinent around climate change amongst political and societal stakeholders. We work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity.

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Social Media and Tanzanian Politics

This article will provide an overview of Tanzania's use of social media and its impact on political discourse.

First, we'll examine how widespread social media usage is currently compared to previous years. Following that, we'll talk about the government and its impact on social media, as well as how societies use these platforms. Dangers and risks are also discussed, as well as how politics has evolved as a result of new media.

The Role of Youth in Peace Making and Conflict Resolution for Sustainable Development.

CETA Journal Volume 19

Peace is the universally accepted virtue among human beings irrespective of gender, age, religion, race, geographical location and socio-economic status. People everywhere appreciate peace as an essential component for a better living here on Earth. That’s why the promotion of peace is among the goals endorsed by global community for attainment of inclusive and sustainable development by 2030 (UN SDG 16). Both CETA and KAS have been undertaking joint activities for promoting civic education among youth, teachers and students from Secondary Schools and Colleges/Universities, Civil society organizations and entrepreneurship forums. Among the topics of interest discussed include the role of youth in peace making and conflict resolution towards sustainable development.

China Africa Relations

China and Tanzania in the New Era: A complicated Relationship

China’s relationship with the United Republic of Tanzania has a long history, spanning back to the independence of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in the early 1960s. Zhou Enlai, Premier at that time, even visited Tanganyika in 1964, just some months before the unification of Tanganyika and Zanzibar which created modern Tanzania (Shangwe, p. 81). As China promptly recognized the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, while other countries were hesitant at first, it positioned itself as an unconditional friend to Tanzania. Relations were natural as Tanzania, like many other sub-Sahara nations, was led by a socialist revolutionary government. For young Tanzania, the relationship with China was important as it strengthened its position as an independent country, while China looked for recognition as well. Hence, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), the all-time governing party in Tanzania, have a long-standing mutual friendship. The good relations resulted in many development projects and other cooperation’s, most famous the challenging Tanzania-Zambia (TAZARA) railway project that today stretches over 1800 kilometers. The first Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere visited China in 1968, and since then mutual visits between the two nations, especially of party officials has remained common (Shangwe, p. 83). Particularly since China's economic opening in the 70s the good inter-party and diplomatic relations were joined by more and more economic and investment cooperation. To this day African countries remain the most favorable towards China, many for very similar reasons as Tanzania (Benabdallah, p. 3).