From a policy perspective, the Government of Tanzania has recently renewed its commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for all Tanzanians. In particular, Goal 6 in Cluster III of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty 2005-2010 (NSGRP) aims at achieving broad outcomes to improve personal security, reduce crime, and eliminate sexual abuse and domestic violence. The operational target for this goal is to “ensure the institutions and agents of government such as the police, courts and prisons observe human rights and ensure justice and security for all citizens”. A number of relevant strategies to help realise Goal 6 have already been identified and are being implemented. These include enhancing the capacity of police by training and equipping them to combat crime, terrorism, illicit business, trading in persons, drug-trafficking, and related problems. Efforts are also underway to increase the capacity of judges, magistrates and state attorneys to handle large numbers of cases.
In successive Afrobarometer survey rounds, more than seven of 10 Tanzanians have said they feel free to say what they think, placing Tanzania near the top among African countries in perceived freedom of speech. The Tanzanian news media environment, however, is only partly free, according to Freedom House assessments, and recent years have witnessed extensive […]
Political accountability in East African countries: Who should make MPs and councillors do their jobs?
One of the critical challenges facing African countries today is how to make governments work for the people – using resources at their disposal efficiently, delivering public goods and services, and guaranteeing an equitable distribution of opportunities and national income among citizens. In many places, systems of checks and balances have not lived up to […]
Tanzanian Citizens Assess The Performance Of Parliament And Consider Its Responsibility For Legislation And Oversight
The key roles of legislatures are drafting, enacting (passing, amending and repealing) laws and exercising oversight over the executive branch of the government. In a democracy, legislators perform these roles as representatives of the people. In order to perform its essential functions, the legislative body, in this case, the Parliament of Tanzania, must be a […]
The survey results indicate that more citizens are aware of their tax obligations when access to tax information is easy. Furthermore, citizen’s educational attainment is associated with greater awareness of tax obligations, while urban residents are more often aware of their tax obligations than rural residents. Based on this evidence, the brief recommends improving access […]