In 1961, Tanzania was the first country in the world to receive Technical Advisors sent by HORIZONT3000 (at the time ÖED). Besides the challenging situation to obtain work visas, the predominantly Swahili-speaking country offers a positive environment for technical advisors. Since November 2015 John Magufuli, former Minister of Works with a reputation to be a corrupt-free and results-driven politician, has been president of Tanzania. Many hopes and expectations are given to him and he has been implementing a number of reforms since his inauguration.
Broadly speaking, the geographical focus in East Africa is the region around Lake Victoria. In Tanzania we work in the regions Kagera and Mara around Lake Victoria, in Mbeya in Southwestern Tanzania, and Kilindi and Morogoro in the East of the country. Technical advisors also work in Dar es Salaam.
* Rural Development and Natural Resource Management
HORIZONT3000 supports small-scale farmers to improve agricultural and cultivation practices, in the area of organic agriculture as well as marketing of products. The objective is to empower the farmers to generate income as well as to achieve food sovereignty. HORIZONT3000 promotes the Enabling Rural Innovation (ERI) approach which enables small scale farmers to produce those agricultural products that are demanded by the local markets and trains them in improving their homestead and increasing their production.
* Human Rights/Civil Society
Activities in this sector concentrate on lobbying and advocacy for specific rights, such as rights of women, children, youths and child headed households, and marginalised rural communities. In Tanzania a focus of our work is on land rights.
Areas of intervention and beneficiaries
The HORIZONT3000 programme in the sector Rural Development and Natural Resource Management addresses the livelihood of the poor and the marginalised rural small scale famers. In the sector Human Rights – Civil Society the aim is to empower local civil society organisations to strengthen their watchdog function, namely to monitor and comment the actions of local authorities, the state and other actors if necessary.