Tanzania Says No to Conditional Aid


Tanzania has refused to accept financial aid under conditions set out by donors from the international community.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan says the country will generate its own funds rather than compromise its political ideologies to suit Western powers of the international community.


No conditional aid

The vice-president insists her country is open to accepting international aid that doesn’t come with conditional requirements – such as allowing same-sex marriage in Tanzania. However, she says aid that comes with strings attached will be outright rejected by the government.

“We cannot accept funds on condition of, say, endorsing same-sex marriages. This cannot be tolerated. We shall run our country using our own money and resources,” she recently told members of Wananchi Group.


Tanzania to generate funds

Ms Hassan also highlights the importance of raising funds from within Tanzania with a stable tax system.

“We need to ensure that we pay taxes drawn from the money we make in our various businesses in order to bring about the development of our country,” she said. “We can only build our country if we collect enough internal revenue and we are the ones to do so. We don’t need to depend on donors.”


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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.