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 – January 2019

    January 19, 2019

    The January-2019 Newsletter includes presentations from Benedicto Hosea, Tanzania Development Trust’s local representative for Kigoma about his work on Youth Employment and poverty reduction.

  • Newsletter – September 2018

    September 12, 2018

    The September-2018 Newsletter letter includes information in ‘Implementation of Tanzanian Agricultural Products Traceability System’, a workshop that was held at London South Bank University. It also includes information of a seminar with the All Party Parliamentary Group on ‘Investment Climate and Ethical Investment in Tanzania’  

  • 3rd December 2018 on Monday at 5 PM – 8 PM @ SOAS, University of London WC1H 0XG

    July 20, 2018

    We will have a seminar (panel discussion) at SOAS on a dam construction project. The panel discussion will tackle Tanzania’s energy sector, focusing on electricity generation and particularly the Stiegler’s Gorge Dam Project. Barnaby Dye (University of Manchester) has studied this dam as part of his doctorate. He will present on the project’s recent history, its position in Tanzania’s energy sector and place within government policy. For more details, please visit;

  • 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 →

  • Youth employment and entrepreneurship in Tanzania by BTS & APPG Tanzania; Wednesday 24th October 2018 @ House of Commons Houses of Parliament Westminster London SW1A 2PW

    July 20, 2018

    Anyone with an interest in youth employment in Tanzania is very welcome to this event. There will be presentations from Nicola Banks and Benedicto Hosea, followed by a general discussion and opportunity for questions, plus opportunities for general networking. Nicola is a Lecturer in Global Urbanism and Urban Development at the University of Manchester’s Global Development. Her recent research has explored young people’s experiences of urban poverty in Tanzania and she has recently finished a project mapping the UK’s development NGO sector. She previously worked as Head Continue reading →