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Within Sight, Yet Far: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving MDGs in Tanzania

Bandara, A. (2013) Within Sight, Yet Far: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving MDGs in Tanzania. Working Paper. United Nations Development Programme(UNDP).

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The paper reviews the current progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Tanzania with particular reference to its MDG Acceleration Framework introduced in 2010, identifies challenges and opportunities, and proposes key pointers for a new agenda. While Tanzania has made steady progress in many of the MDGs and targets, it is lagging behind in others. Direct targeted policy interventions seem to have paid off in areas such as education, child health and gender equality. However, a little push could enable Tanzania to achieve some MDG targets by 2015, if strategic policy interventions are effectively implemented on a priority basis. Spillover effects of growth on rural communities seem to be weak, requiring a rethinking of its growth strategies. Recent programs such as the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor, under the Agriculture First or Kilimo Kwanza initiative, could be a stepping stone to achieving the poverty and hunger targets, if connected to small holder farmers going beyond a narrow focus of technology intensive large-scale commercial farming. While Tanzania has a clear objective of aligning its development strategies to achieving the MDGs, implementation of policies seem to have been constrained by gaps in institutional, financial and human resource capacities. The MDG Acceleration Framework, with a focus on reducing hunger, provided cost-effective and innovative solutions to address some of the key bottlenecks that prevented Tanzania from achieving the hunger target by 2015. To accelerate progress, Tanzania could also apply similar cost-effective solutions to other MDGs targets where it is lagging.

Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Keywords: Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Development, Poverty, Hunger, Tanzania
Subjects: Equity, gender, social determinants
Policies, Strategies, Plans, Guidelines
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 06:26
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2014 06:26

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