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Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu.

Mr Ndulu said “financial inclusion” was a high priority for the East African country, and diversifying the economy at all levels of society will reduce dependence overall.

In his capacity as chair of the international Alliance for Financial Inclusion, he said Tanzania had seen tremendous progress since the increasing its adoption of digital technology.

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'100 million' African children out of school: former Tanzania President

There are around 100 million African children out of school which is endangering the global push towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

That’s according to the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, who is leading The Education Commission’s push to convert its call for new ways of financing classrooms around the world, into action.

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Canada funds WFP cash transfers for refugees in Tanzania

A US$385,000 contribution from Canada is being used by the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide cash transfers to thousands of Congolese refugees in western Tanzania.

The pilot programme at the Nyarugusu Refugee Camp will give households the freedom to purchase items at a nearby market which will also inject money into the local economy.

Under the three-month scheme, 10,000 refugees will receive twice-monthly transfers of US$4.50 to their mobile phones, as well as food.

Tanzanian girls cycle to better performance at school

A scheme to help increase girls’ “performance at school” by giving them their own bicycle has just been launched in Tanzania, by the winner of a special UN award.

Rebecca Gyumi is a lawyer and activist in the East African country, who founded the Msichana Initiative, which advocates for girls’ rights and access to education.

She took the prize at the recent inaugural UN Children’s Fund Global Goals Awards for an individual who achieved “significant social change for girls.”

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Emulate leadership of Tanzania in refugee policy

The international community has been urged by the UN to learn from refugee policies in Tanzania.

The East African country has a history of taking in refugees from regional conflicts, including in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2010 more than 200,000 Burundian refugees were given Tanzanian nationality.

Assumpta Massoi spoke to the UNHCR Representative in Tanzania, Chansa Kapaya, ahead of Monday’s major migrant and refugee summit at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Fighting discrimination against albinos in Liberia

Discrimination, marginalization, unemployment and greater susceptibility to skin cancer are some of the obstacles encountered by people with albinism, according to an activist from the West African country of Liberia.

Patricia M. C. Logan is the founder and Executive Director of the Liberia Albino Society which works to empower people who have the rare genetic condition, which results in lack of pigment in the hair, skin and, sometimes, eyes.

Ms Logan attended the first-ever UN forum on Action on Albinism in Africa, which concluded in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Sunday.

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Expert on albinism rights urges people to "discover who we are"

People with albinism do not bring good luck or bad luck; neither are they  “superhuman.”  They just want to be treated like everyone else.

That’s the message from the UN Independent Expert on Albinism, Ikponwosa Ero, who is hosting a three-day forum in Tanzania to combat discrimination and violations against people with the condition.

Albinism is characterized by a lack of melanin, resulting in lighter than normal skin and hair.