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

  • Presentation with the All Party Parliamentary Group – “Tanzania; Making progress in Agriculture” – Tuesday 6th March 2018.

    December 15, 2017

    The Committee Room 6 has been booked for the event and the speakers will be confirmed soon. For more information contact Jonathan Williams at  

  • Children’s Rights in Tanzania – Monday 29th January 2018, @17:10pm at SOAS Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

    December 15, 2017

    The main speaker for this seminar will be Kate McAlpine, who has lived in Tanzania for 23 years. When she arrived, she was struck by the plight of street children, and subsequently set up an organisation Mkombozi to help them. She will talk about the world views of Tanzanians who take action to protect children – as a lens on how large scale behavioural change to end violence may occur. Her websites are and  Twitter@katemcalpine. For more information contact Janet Chapman on

  • Events and Seminars

    September 3, 2017

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

  • Britain-Tanzania Society AGM 28th October 2017

    September 3, 2017

    A Pathbreaking AGM for BTS Our AGM ended with the biggest committee ever – 24 – including 13 Tanzanians living and working in this country. The venue was stunning: St.Mary-at-Hill, one of the churches redesigned and rebuilt by Christopher Wren after the Fire of London in 1666. It hosts the Lutheran congregation which meets there for worship in English every week and in Kiswahili every month. Willie Fulton stood down as Vice-Chair and was replaced by Petronilla Mlowe.  Gabriel Mgambwa is our new Treasurer.  Elizabeth Continue reading →

  • Newsletter – September 2017

    September 3, 2017

    The September 2017 Newsletter has news of our forthcoming AGM with guest speaker Salim Kikeke, on October 28th at St Mary-at-Hill Church, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE, plus articles on the Tanzania Albinism Collective at WOMAD, Making Wind turbines in Zeze and how Tanzanian rats save lives.