About Us

Who we are

The Tanzania Development Trust (TDT) is a registered UK charity (Charity number 270462) that has funded development projects within Tanzania since 1975.

TDT’s parent, The Britain Tanzania Society (BTS), was created by friends of Mwalimu Nyerere, the first President of an independent Tanzania, to promote friendship and co-operation between the peoples of Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

The Executive Committee of BTS appoints the Trustees, Chair and Treasurer of TDT. We operate through teams of dedicated volunteers, within the UK and Tanzania.

Officers of TDT’s UK-based team include Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Website Manager. The team’s Project Officers are all highly knowledgeable about Tanzania, and most are regular visitors to Tanzania.

TDT’s Tanzania-based team consists of Local Representatives in each of the areas in which we work. They provide our essential eyes and ears on the ground.

Our Trustees each have a role within TDT and are  Janet Chapman, Andrew Coulson, David Gibbons, Robert Gibson, Petronilla Mwakatuma, Jonathan Pace and Elizabeth Taylor

How we work

The Britain Tanzania Society pays TDT’s modest administrative costs, and we are staffed entirely by volunteers. No salaries are paid. We have no offices. Our Project Officers all pay their own expenses when visiting projects.

This is why we can promise that every pound you donate will be spent on projects.
TDT invites applications, with a very clear priority given to Tanzania’s poorest regions. There are certain exclusions as to type of project and expenditure we will fund, which are explained in our funding guidelines. We seek to make the process as clear and transparent as possible.

Project requests come from Tanzania via our website, from visits, by word of mouth, through the BTS branch in Dar es Salaam or from NGOs in the UK.
Having passed initial screening, a potential project is placed on our project database, assigned to a Project Officer, and all correspondence copied to our Local Representative.

The project is evaluated fully, and clarifications requested where we need further information. Our Local Representative may be asked to visit, and will seek any known local information about the applicant.

Identities of at least two applicants and of account signatories are checked and validated. We ask for full estimates from contractors, and these are checked against similar projects on our database.

We get clear evidence of community participation and approval from local government officials.

When we are confident, and we have enough money, the project will be put to TDT’s Committee to approve a grant. With larger/more complex projects, we may divide funding into staged payments, with agreed performance milestones. On occasions we may propose a project to one of our network of like-minded trusts.

Projects are monitored and visited during the implementation phase, and beyond. We follow up projects via our Local Representatives and Project Ofiicers visits to assess their impact. Not only does this tell us whether this project has delivered as expected; it also helps inform future decisions on funding other projects.