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 on the VLIR-UOS Country Strategy for Tanzania.

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.
  • 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 synergy.
  • 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.
  • Linking the JSF with the VLIR-UOS country strategy. This document provides a general overview of relevant information from the Joint Strategic Framework for each thematic area of the VLIR-UOS country strategy. The Joint Strategic Goal relevant for each theme is listed, together with the Belgian non-governmental actors which are (or will be) active with funding of the Belgian development cooperation in the 2017-2021 period. By providing this list, VLIR-UOS wants to promote synergy and/or complementarity with programmes of other Belgian actors. 


Herman Diels

Programme Officer South

[t] + 32 2 550 19 62

[e] herman.diels@vliruos.be



Ongoing projects

Overview of ongoing projects




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