On Saturday, 30th April, FES organized its second public dialogue entitled "
Can Tanzania Do Without Foreign Aid: What Would It Take?".
This theme appeared to be highly relevant seeing the recent decision by the US based ‘Millennium Challenge Cooperation’ (MCC) to suspend its partnership with Tanzania. During the dialogue some important questions were raised: What has foreign aid done for the country? Has it really been effective and helpful? How has it influenced political reform, institutions and transparency? Would Tanzania actually be better off without aid? How can it achieve this goal?
We were honoured to have Mr. Richard Mngazija, columnist of The Guardian Tanzania, Dr. Emmanuel F. Simbua, Executive Director of the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT) and Mr. John Reyels, Deputy Head of Mission of the German Embassy, as our guest speakers.
Each of them was able to introduce a different perspective to the debate and therefore to contribute to a more holistic understanding of the topic. The presentations were followed by another vigorous Q & A session and a lively discussion with all the participants.