VLIR-UOS cooperation in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the key partner countries of VLIR-UOS. From 2003 to 2016 VLIR-UOS budgeted €14.250.373 for cooperation programmes with Tanzania, including three institutional university cooperation programmes (with Sokoine University of Agriculture, Mzumbe University and Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology).


Tanzania is also one of the 31 scholarship countries of VLIR-UOS. Nationals can apply for a scholarship to follow a training or Master programme at a Flemish university or university college.

Facts and figures


Total budget Tanzania 2003-2016 (in €)



Individual scholars





A country strategy for Tanzania

The Country Strategy for Tanzania  identifies the following main themes for all future interventions in the cooperation with Tanzania:


  • Environment. Sub-themes: Natural resource management; Soils, landsuse and land degradation; Eco-tourism; Renewable energy; Water sanitation.
  • Health. Sub-themes: Drug resistance HIV; Environmental health; Databases; Bubonic plague and zoocenoses rodents; Diabetes.
  • Food Security. Sub-themes: Technology development; Food quality.
  • Business and entrepreneurship. Sub-themes: Community involvement; Linking with industry; Incubator development.


The country strategy identifies the following main transversal and cross-cutting themes:


  • Monitoring and evaluation. Sub-themes: Public-private-uni's-NGO's-FBO; NGO Involvement.
  • ICT and applications. Sub-themes: ICT systems and administration; Statistics and biostatistics; Learning platforms development.
  • Gender. Sub-themes: Gender mainstreaming; Equal rights.
  • Information management. Sub-themes: Library & information services management; Access to research information and resources.


More information in the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Tanzania.

The country strategy process

In 2011 and 2012 several steps were taken to come up with a country strategy for Tanzania. Starting from a desk study with a contextual analysis, stakeholders were consulted in Belgium and Tanzania.


The mission report Tanzania presents a match between the recommendations from Flemish stakeholders through consultations and interviews and the Tanzanian priorities for cooperation as gathered during the mission and the seminar in Tanzania.


Based on this mission report and its strategic considerations, VLIR-UOS worked out a strategy paper for Tanzania that draws the outlines for all future interventions in the cooperation with Tanzania. This document was discussed at level of the Flemish university associations and was confirmed as the reference framework for programming and more in particular as reference for calls and selections.

Background documents

The VLIR-UOS compiled documents are work in progress, and your feedback in terms of their completion and/or improvement is much appreciated:


  • The Tanzania Fact Sheet is a draft summary on the general status of the country with specific attention for the development aid actors as well as the sector of higher education.
  • The Tanzania Linkages List provides an overview of past and present linkages between relevant Belgian (academic) institutions and Tanzania, including those that are not VLIR-UOS funded. The list is based on feedback provided by academics and/or ICOS up til 1 July.
  • The Tanzania thematic and strategic framework presents the various donor interventions along thematic lines with reference to partners and national development priorities.
  • The statistical box provides a quick profile of Tanzania.
  • Joint Context Analysis (JCA) of Tanzania. This document aims at an analysis of the context in Tanzania and of the opportunities to collaborate for the non-governmental actors of the Belgian Development Cooperation from 2017 until 2026. It should primarily be seen as an opportunity to identify possible ways of cooperation, complementarity and syngergy.
  • Joint Strategic Framework (JSF) of Tanzania. This document presents different joint strategic goals which the non-governmental actors have put forward, based on the JCA Tanzania. Each goal is specified into different approaches, which reflects the contributions of different actors to the joint strategic goal. An elaboration on the development relevance of every goal is also included. The last chapter elaborates commitments for synergy and complementarity between Belgian actors, related to the presented goals and approaches. Special attention is given to the transversal themes gender and environment.


Several governments and international organizations have relationships with Tanzania. We made an overview of the relationships between Tanzania and international and European institutions. We listed their websites and documents on the cooperation with Tanzania. In the following we give you some of the most relevant documents:



Wannes Verbeeck

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 68

[e] wannes.verbeeck@vliruos.be



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