The Let’s Talk Land Tanzania website is a platform of information on issues related to land in Tanzania. The aim of the Let’s Talk Land Tanzania is to aggregate all information on land matters in Tanzania and make it easily available to all interested parties. The Let’s Talk Land Tanzania also provides space for interaction and collaboration between agents engaged on issues related to land – it being practical implementation, research and policy work.
LetsTalkLandTanzania.com is facilitated by Land Accountability Programme (LAP) under ActionAid International Tanzania for the website partners, Tanzania Land Consortium and Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA). TALA is a coalition of civil society organisations with strong expertise on land governance and sustainable development. TALA won a competitive bid in May 2012 from the International Land Coalition (ILC) in Rome to lead an East African programme on articulating what a sustainable land based investment policy should entail. LAP has been established to compliment the establishment of TALA to promote human rights based approach to development by providing the means and evidence necessary for its members, women and the poor to hold the government and local leaders accountable for just and democratic land administration. It focuses on enhancing women and the poor’s access and control over land and its productive resources through facilitating enforcement of the Village Land Act number 5 of 1999 in Tanzania.
Land Accountability Programme (LAP)
c/o ActionAid International Tanzania
Plot No. 115 Ngorogoro Street
Mikocheni B Area
P.O. Box 21496
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tel: +255 (0)22 2700 596/694/699
Fax: +255 (0)22 2700710
The documents and statements presented in this website do not reflect views of the Let’s Talk Land Tanzania partners.
Rural Access Technologies Information and Institutional Services (RATIIS) is a non-governmental not-for profit organization established in 1998 and registered in 1999 then complied with the Non Governmental Organizations Act of 2002 with certificate of compliance NO. 1533 issued in August 2005. It is a capacity building organization supporting people to undertake their development initiatives through working on enabling environment in particular, facilitating access to relevant information in regard to development and advocacy with a view to improve basic services in the sectors of water supply and sanitation, Agriculture and food security, and Land and Environment protection. Governance is also implemented as the most important element for enabling transparency and accountability in its programmes. RATIIS mission is to promote access to appropriate information to the marginalized rural communities through engaging in research, participatory training, sharing, policy advocacy and campaign. RATIIS facilitates in empowering rural communities through engaging in Policy analysis and advocacy on land issues, Training village land council on their roles and responsibilities as well as steps of solving land disputes, Training/informing the communities on the procedures and importance of acquiring Certificates of Customary Right of Occupancy (CCROs), Training on implementation of land Act No 4 and village land Act No 5 of 1999, and Land use mapping and planning.
- ActionAid Tanzania (AATZ)
ActionAid Tanzania (AATZ) is an international NGO and a federation working to fighting poverty and injustice by a people’s centred approach to development in Tanzania. It operates in 20 Districts in Tanzania mainland and Island, including Bagamoyo district. The districts are referred to as Local Rights Programme areas according to the operational philosophy of the ActionAid International. Generally, ActionAid International works in over 40 countries, taking sides with poor people and excluded to end poverty and injustice together by human rights based approach to programme and development execution. ActionAid Tanzania help people fight for the rights that they are denied which are basic entitlements, like the right to eat, the right to stay on their land in accordance with the provisions of the rule of natural justice, the right to access education, the right to have a say in the decisions that shape their lives. ActionAid’s mission is not about giving hand-outs or telling people what to do, because in the long run ActionAid know that isn’t workable in a sustainable manner. Instead, it uses its resources, influence and experience to help people find their own solutions. AAITZ listen to what people really want and need. AAITZ help Communities take action together to hold their governments to account, and give local organisations support where needed. Together, AAITZ is making a lasting difference. Basically, the organisation envisages a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity. ActionAid International Tanzania works with the poor, excluded people and their organisations to eradicate poverty and injustice.
Envirocare is a non-profit making, non-partisan, non-governmental registered organization founded in 1993. It envisages a society with a clean and safe environment that can benefit all citizens equally and in a sustainable way. Envirocare promotes and supports environmental conservation and livelihood with a gender, human rights based and participatory approach through advocacy, capacity building and action research.
The Land Rights Research & Resources Institute (LARRRI/HAKIARDHI) was founded in 1994 and registered as a non-governmental not-for Profit Company limited by guarantee under the Companies Ordinance, Chapter 212 of the laws of Tanzania. The Institute was established out of the need to generate and sustain a public debate and participation, particularly where it matters in villages on issues of land tenure. Land Rights Research and Resources Institute envisages a socially just and equitable land tenure system in which all groups in the society and especially the rural based small producers are guaranteed security of tenure, access and ownership to land and other means of their livelihood. HAKIARDHI's mission is to promote and ensure realization of the rights to land of about eighty per cent of the rural based communities who are mainly small land holders and producers. To advance, promote and research into land rights of small peasants and pastoralists with a view to provide information and knowledge so as to facilitate equitable and socially just access to, and control over land for production of food and other basic needs. In particular, to monitor developments in land tenure regimes (including machinery for settling of land disputes) generally and in rural and peri-urban areas specifically.
- Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)
Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) conserves and restores the biodiversity of globally important forests in Tanzania for the benefit of the present and future generations. It envisage a world in which Tanzanians and the rest of humanity enjoy the diverse benefits from well conserved, high biodiversity potential forests. TFCG was established in 1985. With over 20 years of experience, TFCG is the largest Tanzanian non-governmental organisation focusing on the conservation of natural forests. Over the years, TFCG has found that the most effective way to achieve its mission is through capacity building, advocacy, research, community development and protected area management, in ways that are sustainable and foster participation, co-operation and partnership. TFCG focuses on Tanzania's most important forests: the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests. The forests and the plants and animals that they support provide many ecological services including capturing and storing greenhouse gases that might otherwise contribute to climate change; water catchment; biodiversity; pollination; and soil protection. The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group is a team of professional foresters, biologists and communicators determined to improve the way Tanzania's forests are managed and to support the livelihoods of communities living close to the forests.
The Property and Business Formalization Program as known in Kiswahili as Mpango wa Kurasimisha Rasilimali na Biashara za wanyonge Tanzania (MKURABITA) is an initiative that was established by the Government of Tanzania in October 2004, with the objective of transforming property and business assets in the informal sector into legally held and formally operated entities in the formal sector of the economy. The Government of Tanzania entered a Consultancy agreement with the Institute of Liberty and Democracy (ILD) of Lima, Peru based on their experience and unique model of formalization road map to lead the formalization Programme. The reform process is divided into four phases, namely Diagnosis; Reform Design; Implementation and Capital Formation and Good Governance. The Programme targets property and business owners in the extralegal sector, whose entry into the formal market economy will enhance their opportunities to access capital and other benefits thus improving the national economic growth and reducing individual household poverty. The goal of MKURABITA is to empower the target groups and individuals, especially in the extralegal sector, so that they can participate effectively in the growth of the nation’s economy. The overall objective of MKURABITA is to build an architecture of property and business rules that will bring together, standardize, and modernize the prevailing local customary arrangements dispersed throughout the country, so as to create one Tanzanian property and business legal system that incorporates all.
The Mtandao wa Jamii wa Usimamizi wa Misitu Tanzania (MJUMITA) is a network of community groups involved in participatory forest management in Tanzannia. The network provides a forum for capacity building, advocacy and communication for these grooups. MJUMITA was initially supported by TFCG starting from 2000 and became an independent NGO in 2007. It was established originally in response to the need for a forum for communities to share experiences with regard to participatory forest management and engage in dialogue with the Forestry and Beekeeping Division on ways to address policy, legal and implementation issues in relation to participatory forest management.
Community Research and Development Services (CORDS) is a voluntary organization, which is registered in Tanzania under the societies ordinance of 1954, with the certificate of registration no. 9398. CORDS is also incorporated under the Trustees Incorporation Ordinance (Cap 375). It emerged out of a research project carried out in 1997, the research covered the four traditional Maasai pastoralist districts of Kiteto, Monduli, Ngorongoro and Simanjiro in Northern Tanzania. The project, titled Pastoralist Research and Development Project (PARDEP) resulted a need to establish a permanent body mandated to address development needs of the pastoral communities in Northern Tanzania. Some of the core targets for which CORDS was created were to address the security of tenure for key pastoral resources such as land, grazing, water and mineral resources; improved animal health and inclusion of pastoral communities in social development processes. Currently CORDS works in the districts of Kiteto, Simanjiro in Manyara region and Monduli, Longido and Arumeru in Arusha region. After its registration as an NGO, CORDS initiated a set of activities that evolved out of felt needs of the local communities generated through a participatory approach. Such interventions addressed land demarcation and certification, land use planning, livestock development and women development
- PINGOS Forum
Pastoralist Non Governmental Organization (PINGOS FORUM) is the membership Organization of 53 members working country wide on the advocacy of the right of marginalized pastoralist and Hunter-gatherers communities PINGO’s Forum is a human rights and development Non-Governmental organization that seek to advocate and develop competencies for sustainable Livelihoods and development of Pastoralists and hunter-gatherer communities in Tanzania. PINGO’s Forum endeavors to amplify the voices and foster the interest of pastoralists and hunter-gatherers by advocating for change through Lobby and advocacy on Good Governance and human Rights (social, economic, political and cultural rights); Capacity Building of Member CSOs and key stakeholders; and Networking with stakeholders with similar objectives and interests with that of PINGO’s Forum or interested with Pastoralists and hunter-gathers livelihoods. Furthermore, PINGO’s Forum addresses Crosscutting issues of Gender, HIV/AIDS, Environment, and Climate Change.
Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) is a farmers organisation which unites small holder farmers in order to have a common voice in defence economic, social, cultural and political interests of smallholder farmers. It is the accronym for the National Network of Small-Scale Farmers Groups in Tanzania. MVIWATA was founded in 1993, by 22 innovative farmers from Morogoro, Iringa, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Rukwa and Dodoma regions for the purpose of creating a farmer-to-farmer exchange forum. Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) through its Strengthening Communication Project (SUA-SCOM) guided the initial process in the formation of MVIWATA. It was registered in 1995 under the Society Ordinance Act (Reg. no. SO 8612), in 2000 as the Trust Fund. In 2007 MVIWATA received a compliance certificate under the NGO Act of 2002 (Reg. no 1930). The national office of MVIWATA is situated in Morogoro town. The slogan of MVIWATA is Mtetezi wa Mkulima ni Mkulima Mwenyewe literally means the defender of the farmer is the farmer. MVIWATA's goal is to unite small holder farmers (including all small producers whose livelihood depend on land such as pastoralists and fisher folk) in order to defend their interests and address the challenges of farmers with one voice. The mission of the organisation is to strengthen farmers’ groups and networks, facilitate communication and learning through exchange visits among farmers for the purpose of defending the interests of small scale farmers. MVIWATA’s vision is to become a strong farmers’ organisation that will guarantee small-scale farmers’ participation and representation in socio-economic and policy dialogue process at various levels through learning, initiating, implementing and monitoring social and economic development processes.
The Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT) is the first public interest environmental law organization in Tanzania. It was established in 1994 and formally registered in 1995 under the Societies Ordinance. It’s mission is to ensure sound natural resource management and environmental protection in Tanzania. LEAT carries out policy research, advocacy, and selected public interest litigation. Its membership largely includes lawyers concerned with environmental management and democratic governance in Tanzania.
- Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF)
TNRF is a collective civil society-based initiative to improve natural resource management and conservation in Tanzania by addressing fundamental issues of governance. We view the quality and equity of governance as fundamentally determining how natural resources are managed and how they support the livelihoods of Tanzanians and the sustainable economic development of the country.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in 92 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
- Legal and Human Rights Centre
The LHRC envisages a just and equitable society which can be contributed to, through the planned mission as a non-profit making, non-partisan non-governmental organization striving to empower the public, promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights and good governance in Tanzania. For the LHRC to be able to forge its way in the realisation of its mission, it has a broad objective of creating legal and human rights awareness and empowerment among the general public and, in particular, the underprivileged sections of the society through legal and civic education, advocacy, research, follow up of human rights abuses and provision of legal aid.
- Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA)
Tanzania Land Alliance (TALA) is a loose coalition of 7 Civil Society Organizations namely Land Rights Research and Resources Institute (LARRRI/HAKIARDHI) which serves as secretariat, Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), Lawyers Environmental Action Team (LEAT), Pastoralists Indigenous NGOs Forum (PINGOs Forum), Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), Ujamaa Community Resource Team (U-CRT) and Muungano wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) which is a national network of small farmers groups in Tanzania. It was founded in 2010 with a focus to undertake joint advocacy activities in a bid to spearhead the attainment of land rights for small producers in Tanzania. These seven organizations now forming TALA are the founding members but recruitment of other members will be taking place step by step after completion of the scoping study cum stakeholders’ analysis that is going on.
- Women Legal Aid Centre (WLAC)
The Women's Legal Aid Centre (WLAC), is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit making organization. WLAC was registered in 1994 as a Company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act, Cap. 212 R.E of 2002. Before registration in November 1994, as an Independent autonomous entity, WLAC ran a Legal Aid Clinic which was known as SUWATA Legal Aid Scheme for women, operating under the umbrella of Women Economic Wing (Shirika la Uchumi la Wanawake Tanzania - SUWATA-1989).