Since the launch of the first Tanzania National Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Network in 2007, PRB has collaborated with partners in Tanzania to advance integrated approaches to development. One of our first activities was publishing a policy brief focusing on the history and potential of PHE in Tanzania.

This webinar highlights new developments across the country that are boosting cross-sectoral collaboration and explores how government, academia, and civil society in Tanzania embrace multisectoral approaches to development through population, environment, and development (PED) initiatives to preserve wild spaces and enhance people’s health and livelihoods. Featured speakers shared how these initiatives in Tanzania provide a model for sustainability and national investment in multisectoral development through flagship PED projects, PED training for local students, and commitment to a national-level strategy for integrated development.

Panelist Judith Ngoda, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation and coordinator of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, highlighted the importance of the regional approach within the East African Community (EAC) to protect the area’s unique biodiversity while promoting healthy communities. “As one of the regions with the world’s fastest growing populations, the EAC is fast losing its biodiversity due to the changing of human habitation patterns, overgrazing, deforestation … [and] unsustainable exploitation of natural resources,” she stated. In the effort to implement PHE at the national level to support sustainable development in Tanzania, it will be key to foster local leaders with expertise in integrated development. Mathew Senga, lecturer at the University of Dar Es Salaam, spoke of the university’s newly developed Master’s program in Population, Health, and Environment. “The philosophy of the program itself is to advance the so-called new frontiers of PHE knowledge,” he states.

The webinar featured updates from current integrated PED projects in Tanzania: Endangered Ecosystem of Northern Tanzania (EENT), implemented by Pathfinder International, and Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania (LCWT), implemented by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI). Angelo Kihaga of Pathfinder International shared aspects of the integrated PED model of the EENT project. “The project’s goal is to secure an ecologically and economically thriving landscape that supports people and wildlife,” he stated. Emmanuel Mtiti of the Jane Goodall Institute presented the development of JGI’s multisectoral model, implemented in the current LCWT project, to respond to community needs such as access to reproductive health care and poverty reduction. “[We] reorganized the way we think about an integrated approach. . . at the center of everything, we are thinking about sustainable natural resource management, but we cannot do it without involving family planning.”

This webinar is part of the Africa PED webinar series made possible through the USAID-funded PACE (Policy, Advocacy, and Communication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health) Project. For regular updates about PED news, opportunities, resources, and other events, subscribe to the monthly Global PED updates newsletter online and follow @AfricaPHE on Twitter.