Tanzania is a recognized as one of the most beautiful countries in the world with many national parks, a gorgeous sandy coastline, paradise islands such as Zanzibar as well as a diverse and rich culture.
The registered population of Tanzania is 37,445,392. 99% of the mainland population are African of which 95% are Bantu consisting of more than 130 tribes. Zanzibar is an island and the population is Arab and mixed Arab and African. The official language is Kiswahili or Swahili and English is the primary language of commerce, administration and higher education. There are hundreds of local tribal languages and these are the first language of most people with Swahili as the second and English as the third.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy depends heavily on agricultures which accounts for almost half of GDP, provides 85% of exports and employs 80% of the work force.
Please visit www.tanzania/go.tz for more detailed information on the United Republic of Tanzania. Please visit www.unicef.org/infobycountry/tanzania_statistics for detailed socio economic statistics in Tanzania.
13.4 million Children have lost one or both parents to the epidemic (HIV/AIDS) in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. This number will increase to 25 million by 2010. Millions more children are adversely affected by the disease. Africa has the greatest proportion of children who are orphans. In 2001, 34 million children in SSA were orphans, one third of these due to AIDS. By 2010 the number of orphans will reach 42 million and 20 million (6%) of these due to AIDS. (Source: UNICEF report 'Children on the Brink' 2008).
It is estimated that there are 2.5 million orphaned children in Tanzania.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine-majority-ruled states in Southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), with the main aim of coordinating development projects in order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa.
SADDC was formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980, following the adoption of the Lusaka Declaration - Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation.
The transformation from a Coordinating Conference into a Development Community (SADC) took place on August 17th 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia.
The SADC vision is one of a common future, within a regional community that will ensure economic well-being, improvement of the standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice; peace and security for the peoples of Southern Africa.
The SADC objectives are to:
- Achieve development and economic growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration;
- Evolve common political values, systems and institutions;
- Promote and defend peace and security;
- Promote self-sustaining development on the basis of collective self-reliance, and the inter-dependence of Member States;
- Achieve complementarily between national and regional strategies and programmes;
- Promote and maximize productive employment and utilization of resources of the region;
- Achieve sustainable utlisation of natural resources and effective protection of the environment;
- Strengthen and consolidate the long-standing historical, social and cultural affinities and links among the peoples of the region;
For further information about the aims, programmes and activities of SADC please go to www.sadc.int
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