Tanzanian Affairs

Cover of Tanzanian Affairs magazine

Tanzanian Affairs is an influential news and current affairs magazine, issued three times a year by the Britain Tanzania Society, and circulated to its members.

Since its first issue in December 1975, Tanzanian Affairs has covered all main economic, political, social and other developments in Tanzania. It is also highly valued for its reviews of books and other publications relating to Tanzania.

Tanzanian Affairs attracts many influential writers. Its talented and experienced editorial team has been led since 1984 by David Brewin.

On the occasion of its 100th issue in September 2011, President Kikwete wrote a congratulatory message, which included the following:

“For us in Tanzania, it is another moment to thank you for the good work you have been doing over many years of telling the Tanzanian story. The “Tanzanian Affairs” Bulletin has been writing reports about Tanzania that are well researched and presented ‘without mixing fact and opinion’ as Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanzania, said in 1994. You have done justice to your readers in Britain, Tanzania and elsewhere by being analytical and objective in your work.”

Tanzanian Affairs’ web site is a wonderful resource, containing not only up-to-date publications, but also a searchable database of most past issues, and PDF copies back to issue 1.

Recent News from Tanzanian Affairs

  • TA ISSUE 124

    September 1, 2019

    Feathers ruffled in CCM Plastic bag ban earns minister sack? Parliament passes TSh 33 trillion annual budget Reviews A pdf of the issue can be downloaded here

  • FEATHERS RUFFLED IN CCM

    August 31, 2019

    by Ben Taylor Two former Secretary Generals of the ruling party, CCM, Abdulrahman Kinana and Yusuf Makamba, stirred up a very public argument at the highest levels of the party in July. They wrote a letter to the Elders’ Council, an advisory body within the party, warning of the dangers that “unfounded allegations” in a […]

  • PLASTIC BAG BAN EARNS MINISTER SACK?

    August 31, 2019

    by Ben Taylor A country-wide ban on plastic bags has perhaps had unexpected con­sequences for the Minister who brought the long-standing proposal to fruition. As of June 2019, Tanzania became the 34th African country to ban importation, production, sale and use of plastic bags, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). A few weeks […]

  • INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST ARRESTED

    August 31, 2019

    by Ben Taylor Erick Kabendera, a leading Tanzanian investigative journalist whose articles have been published around the world, was arrested in July, prompting widespread criticism. Kabendera, who has written for The Guardian, The Independent and Economist Intelligence Unit in the UK, as well as the East African and several Tanzanian newspapers. His work has been […]