Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organizations – Their Perceptions of Their Relationships with the Government of Tanzania and Donors, and their Role in Poverty Reduction and Development

In 2005 REPOA conducted a survey of Tanzanian NGOs to examine the extent to which these organizations are making a contribution to policy development in Tanzania. This paper gives an overview of the social and political context of Tanzanian civil society, examining the relationship between NGOs, the government, and the donor community in Tanzania. It summarizes the perceptions of 81 Tanzanian NGOs (from eight regions) of their relationships with the government and donors, and their views on their roles and impacts on poverty reduction and development. The study discusses some of the challenges and opportunities for NGOs to become a strategic link between the government and local communities.

Public Spending on Health Care in Africa: Do the Poor Benefit?

This paper examines the distribution of health services in seven African countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, and Tanzania. The authors find that public spending on curative health care mostly favors the better-off rather than the poor and observe that the constraints that prevent the poor from taking advantage of these services must be addressed if the public subsidies are to be effective in reaching the poor. Brief summaries in French and Spanish are included.