How We Spend Funds

An entirely voluntary organisation, TDT is proud to say that 100% of donations are spent on projects within Tanzania

Our funding guidelines spell out TDT's priorities, in terms of sectors and Tanzania's regions. These are designed to enable us to focus our resources on projects and areas of greatest need.

After an initial screening, requests for funding are assigned to Project Officers and Local Reps for assessment. We need clear evidence of community participation, impact, and approval from local government officials before grants can be approved. Promising projects are discussed at committee who have the final say.  Where possible we seek match funding from the many small trusts and foundations we work with.

TDT partners successfully with Trusts and organisations in funding specific projects.  One such partnership is with Eucanaid an organisation of EU staff wishing to participate in development projects; with them, we have worked together on a multi-year programme at Marumba Village in Mtwara.

Larger projects may be funded through staged payments linked to performance milestones. Projects are monitored during implementation phase and beyond, and assessment made of their impact after they have been completed. We have long term relationships with the communities we work with. At all stages, this is recorded in a web-based project database.

In most years, expenditure is spread across sectors such as education, water, health, self-help, women's welfare and business, disability and agriculture.

                               Project Expenditure 2019-2020

In its 44th Annual Review for 2019-2020, TDT reported on 31 projects of varying sizes, many showing creative ideas in their concept and implementation.  In addition we provided £24,500 to support Covid-19 emergency projects.

Our current priorities are:

  1. Sustainable access to water for rural communities
  2. Small income generation projects, particularly for rural women and youth
  3. Girls education, particularly hostels for government secondary schools

TDT remains active in supporting local rep Rhobi Samwelly working tirelessly for the eradication of FGM in Tanzania via her NGO Hope for Women and Girls Tanzania.

Read the full Annual Review 2019- 2020