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 (, 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

  • Newsletter – May 2017

    May 6, 2017

    The BTS Newsletter May 2017 edition of our regular newsletter for members has news of the welcome for the Bishop of Mara, an update on TDT’s Kagera earthquake relief programme, details of past and forthcoming trips, events and seminars, plus news of the sad passing of Dr Elly Macha and Sir Andy Chande who was a life vice President of BTS.

  • Events and Seminars

    April 27, 2017

    Events and Seminars which BTS either organised or was very involved include:

  • Dentists and Friends Charity Dinner for Musoma – 19th May 2017

    April 27, 2017

    Date: Friday May 19th 2017   Time: 6.30 – 7.15pm: Cash Bar, 7.15 pm: Dinner, Raffle and Auction for fundraising Location: Royal National Hotel Russell Sq, London, WC1H 0DG. Tickets: £35 per person.  Make cheques payable to AOG. Send to PO Box 72307, London, NW7 0HQ.   Or pay online: AOG, Sort Code 30 98 91, Account 01668226. If you pay online, please send an email to saying that you have paid that amount. Please list names of your party and mobile contact number. Co-ordinators: Dr Continue reading →

  • Small Business Investments in Africa: Support from the Diaspora – 19th June 2017

    March 14, 2017

    Date : Monday, 19th June 2017 Time : 5pm – 7pm Location : Room 4429, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London  WC1H 0XG Speakers Perez Ochieng and Petronilla Mwakatuma will tell us how to identify and support small business opportunities. Perez specialises in innovative agricultural products, Petronilla in how to get the right permits and licenses to import products to Europe and the UK. Everyone welcome. See also BTS Facebook Small Business Investments in Africa: Support from the Diaspora This event will Continue reading →

  • Leprosy in Rural Tanzania: Detection, Treatment and Overcoming the Stigma -6th March, 2017

    March 4, 2017

    Date: 6th March 2017 Time: 5pm to 7pm Location: School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square WC1H 0XG Speaker:  Dr Sarah Feather The Rufiji Leprosy Trust was set up thirty years ago to support the village of Kindwitwi, in Rufiji District, about 80 miles South of Dar es Salaam, which was once a leprosy camp for people affected by leprosy but is now a thriving village concerned to promote the self-sufficiency of people living with leprosy and their families. Many cases are still being diagnosed, Continue reading →