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, who may visit the projects at their own expense or ask the regional representatives to obtain further information.
Projects are evaluated and identities checked. We also get clear evidence of community participation and approval from local government officials before grants are approved. 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. At all stages, this is recorded in a web-based project database.
In most years, expenditure is quite well spread across sectors such as education, water, self-help, women’s welfare and business, solar, disability and agriculture. Since 2014 expenditure breakdown was unusually dominated by the major project to build a Safe House to help combat FGM.
2015/16 TDT’s project spend of £156,029 almost matched the record spend in 2014-15 (£156,893). Legacy income was small compared to recent years and we gratefully received legacy donations of £1,500. Non-legacy income has increased substantially over the past four years to £148,809 from £53,173 in 2012/13. This growth was due the continued Safe House campaign (£63,727 raised) and significant support from trusts with whom TDT had developed strong relationships, notably the David Anderson Africa Trust, Hilden, African Palms and Eucanaid. Non-legacy giving and fundraising by members has been consistent in recent years and funds raised for Trevor Jaggar’s 90th birthday were a notable contribution. TDT received a £5,000 donation from the same very generous donors who have given equally generously in each of the previous five years. Private Projects have again made an impact in Tanzania thanks to very generous and hardworking BTS members. Private Projects spend was £61,911 (2014/15 £62,731).