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

  • Events and Seminars

    March 20, 2017

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

  • 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 →

  • The Arusha Declaration @50 – 24th February 2017

    February 8, 2017

    Date: 24th February, 2017 Location: 50 George Square Project Room, 1.06, The University of Edinburgh To mark the 50th anniversary of Tanzania’s Arusha Declaration in February 1967, the Centre of African Studies and the Global and Transnational History Research Group at the University of Edinburgh  hosted a one-day workshop on the theme ‘The Arusha Declaration @50’ on Friday 24 February 2017. The workshop brought together academics from across the UK and Tanzania providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussion on the broad theme of implications of the Continue reading →

  • Britain Tanzania Society Education Group Seminar – Maths focus -23rd January 2017

    January 24, 2017

    Date : 23 January 2017 Time : 17:00 Location : School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square WC1H 0XG. This was a very interesting evening with presentations from Polycarp from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, who run teacher training and maths camps in Tanzania and Lyra who are doing a research project on how using tablet computers running RACHEL content can help with the teaching of Maths in Tanzania.  The presentations, additional links and recordings of the seminar  can be viewed here.  BTS Continue reading →