The Britain Tanzania Society

The Britain Tanzania Society (BTS) was founded in 1975 by Bishop Trevor Huddleston, Amon Nsekela, Roger Carter and others in the UK and Tanzania. It is a non-political, non-governmental organisation. It aims to increase mutual knowledge, understanding and respect between the peoples of Britain and Tanzania.

Founders of the Britain-Tanzania Society, 1975

Britain-Tanzania Society’s founders in 1975 and (below) their society still fulfilling their vision 40 years on…

screenshot of Britain-Tanzania Society web site

BTS is organised in two ‘chapters’ or sections, one in Tanzania and one in the UK. The President of both sections is H.E. Ali Hassan Mwinyi, who was the second President of Tanzania.

Within the UK, there is also a Britain Tanzania Society Scottish Group, which aims to facilitate contacts between people living in Scotland who are from Tanzania or who have links with Tanzania.

Britain Tanzania Society seeks to achieve its goals by:

  • Providing speakers and writers and running seminars in the UK on subjects relating to Tanzania.
  • Welcoming visitors to the host country.
  • Offering support and friendship to students.
  • Publishing regularly the highly authoritative magazine Tanzanian Affairs (, and the Society’s newsletter.
  • Through the operations of Tanzania Development Trust.

In addition, many members of BTS actively support their own Tanzania-based projects.

News from the BTS web site

  • Global warming in Tanzania – how big is the problem and what can be done?

    November 2, 2019

    Report of a BTS Seminar on 2 September 2019 Tanzania has been slow to take up the challenges of changing climate. It did not ratify the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change till 2018, and has not yet produced the detailed strategy required under the Agreement. However, resources are available from donors and the private sector for projects which can demonstrate that they can reduce emissions, or “capture”, carbon. Andrew Coulson introduced the topic with pictures of Mount Kilimanjaro showing the dramatic shrinking of the Continue reading →

  • Under-education in Africa: From Colonialism to Neoliberalism: A seminar in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Monday 25 Nov 2019, 5.00-7.00pm

    November 2, 2019

    Introducing a new book by Karim Hirji Hirji is a distinguished Tanzanian mathematician and statistician. But as an undergraduate at the University of Dar es Salaam in the 1970s, he edited the student magazines Cheche and Majimaji, which published Issa Shivji’s pioneering Tanzania: The Silent Class Struggle. He has continued writing on Tanzanian politics and education, and in the last 5 years published six books. This one brings together his writing on education from the 1970s to now. This event will launch this book.  It Continue reading →

  • Redditch Rethinks Rubbish Expo; Saturday 19th October 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Redditch Town Hall

    October 18, 2019

    Aim: Exploring our responsibilities for the ONE WORLD, utilising the link between Redditch and Mtwara. We will be sharing recycling initiatives, raising awareness and responsibilities, investigating how the way in which we live impacts on other parts of the world, with reference to Mtwara and Redditch. For More Information, please click  here and here

  • Annual Report – 2019

    September 23, 2019

    BTS Annual Report 2019

  • Newsletter – September 2019

    September 4, 2019

    Britain-Tanzania Society held Summer Event On 27th July 2019. Over seventy people, i.e. BTS members, friends and families came together at St Mary-at-Hill Church in Billingsgate for a summer event. For details, please click the following link: BTS Newsletter September 2019