Poverty in Tanzania – An analysis of impoverishment in Morogoro and Kilombero districts

  • susanne ådahl
  • Published 2010


This paper seeks to explore the possibilities of<lb>Property and Business Formalisation Programme<lb>in Tanzania to empower the poor to find their<lb>pathways out of poverty. The programme, popu-<lb>larly known in Kiswahili as MKURABITA, targets<lb>property and business owners in the informal<lb>sector whose entry into the formal market econ-<lb>omy would enhance their opportunities by using<lb>their assets to access capital and thus transform<lb>their productive activities and reduce individual<lb>poverty. We found that while the programme<lb>may help the petty traders to access credits by<lb>virtue of operating formally, the same could not<lb>be said of smallholder farmers, who may lose<lb>their attached land once they fail to service their<lb>loans. Thus, MKURABITA appears to benefit pet-<lb>ty traders more than smallholder farmers regard-<lb>less of whether the operators are in rural areas or<lb>urban setting. This suggests a paradox. Poverty in Tanzania -<lb>An Analysis of Impoverishment<lb>in Morogoro and Kilombero<lb>Districts Poverty reduction is the central goal of current development policies both locally<lb>and internationally. To reach this objective it is essential to understand the com-<lb>plexity and ambiguity of poverty. This locally specific in-depth analysis offers a<lb>means to understand poverty beyond statistics. The aim of this working paper is to give voice to the poor by reviewing local people’s<lb>understanding of poverty in four selected communities in Tanzania. It presents the<lb>ways the locals perceive both poverty in general as well as the challenges of eve-<lb>ryday life. Rural and urban coping strategies are examined and the social context<lb>analyzed to create a profound description of poverty in Tanzania. KEPA’s<lb>Working Papers KEPA’s Working Papers series offers information on<lb>development issues. Studies, seminar memos, and articles<lb>produced or commissioned by KEPA are published in the series.<lb>The papers cover e.g. topics of Southern civil societies, development work<lb>and political advocacy work of civil society organisations, development<lb>cooperation, impact assesment and international trade issues. The papers will<lb>be published in several languages. The papers are available at KEPA’s web site:<lb>http://www.kepa.fi/taustaselvitykset

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@inproceedings{dahl2010PovertyIT, title={Poverty in Tanzania – An analysis of impoverishment in Morogoro and Kilombero districts}, author={susanne {\aa}dahl}, year={2010} }