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

  • 3rd December 2018

    July 20, 2018

    We hope to have a seminar at SOAS on the Stiegler dam project, date yet to be confirmed.

  • Sector by sector: Towards Feasible Tanzanian Anti-Corruption Strategies; on 29th October at 17:00–19:00 UTC @ SOAS, University of London WC1H 0XG

    July 20, 2018

    On Monday October 29th we have a seminar at SOAS on Tanzanian anti-corruption strategies. The main speaker will be Antonio Andreoni, Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London ad Research Director of the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium. Antonio is also Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Convenor of the Industrial Development and Policy Research Cluster at SOAS and Member of the SOAS Centre for African Studies. Antonio has published extensively on industrial development, manufacturing firms, ecosystems and technological change, governance and policies Continue reading →

  • Wednesday 24th October 2018

    July 20, 2018

    On Wednesday October 24th we have an APPG on youth employment in Tanzania at which Benedicto and Ocheck will speak, more details to follow.

  • Saturday 27th October 2018

    July 20, 2018

    On Saturday October 27th BTS has its AGM, to which we have invited two young Tanzanian entrepeneurs, Benedicto Hosea from Mboni ya Vijana and Ocheck Msuva from Bridge for Change  – more details to follow.

  • Current Investment Climate and Ethical Investment in Tanzania; Tuesday, July 17 at 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM @ Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 2, UK

    June 21, 2018

    A meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tanzania meeting entitled ‘Current Investment Climate and Ethical Investment in Tanzania’ will take place in Committee Room 6. The main speaker is Peter Maila, investment director in the Africa Team at the CDC (formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation), with other speakers to be confirmed. The talks will be followed by discussion and debate. Everyone welcome. Please RSVP to