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 (http://www.tzaffairs.org/), 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

  • Tanzania’s national response to COVID-19 – An online public discussion; Thu, 28 May 2020 17:00 – 19:00 BST; Online Event

    May 22, 2020

    How successful are Tanzania’s COVID-19 measures? About this Event Tanzania has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic in some unusual ways – withholding data from the public, questioning the reliability of tests, and calling for God’s assistance. There are signs that the outbreak was spiralling in late April, since when there has been very little reliable information, though the government claims that the crisis has passed. This discussion will cover the COVID-19 outbreak in Tanzania and the national response. What is known about the extent of Continue reading →

  • COVID 19 APPEAL

    May 10, 2020

    Thanks to the generosity of BTS members and other friends of Tanzania we have so far sent over £12,000 to 27 different hospitals and health centres across Tanzania, to enable them to buy locally made reusable masks, gowns and aprons for their front line health workers. Many of these centres had no protective equipment, even those with confirmed COVID cases, so are extremely grateful for these which they will be able to use long term. We have been working very closely with Tuheda<https://www.tuheda.com/>, Tanzanian Diaspora Continue reading →

  • Newsletter – May 2020

    April 25, 2020

    BTS Newsletter May 2020

  • Newsletter – January 2020

    January 7, 2020

    BTS Newsletter January 2020  

  • 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 →