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TFESSD Forum: Tanzania



The objective of the Forum was to bring together donors, Bank staff, and Tanzanian and East Africancounterparts to discuss progress and challenges in environmental, poverty, and social aspects inwhich the TFESSD has been providing support, foster south-south learning, and gain a betterunderstanding of knowledge transfer and capacity building in Africa. The Forum focused on howpractical knowledge and capacity can promote synergies between environmental and socialsustainability in Tanzania and neighboring countries. Leading into the Rio+20 conference next year,this Forum highlighted the critical role of knowledge in helping countries achieve the vision of sustainable development for all people.

 Workshop report is available here.

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Agenda and Presentations

Arrival, Monday, November 14

| 7 pm | Cocktail reception (hors d'oeuvres served)

Tuesday, November 15 - Toward Greener and more Resilient Development

| 9:00 - 9:45 am |  
Opening Ceremony

  • Opening address, Dr. Terezya L. Huvisa MP, Minister of State, Vice President's Office (Environment), Tanzania
  • Opening remarks, Mercy Miyang Tembon, Acting Country Director, World Bank Tanzania
  • Statement of purpose, Harriet Solheim, Senior Adviser, Multilateral Bank and FinanceSection, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
| 9:45 am - 1:00 pm | 
Building Blocks for Climate Resilience in Africa 

Chair: Anne Kristin Hermansen, Minister Councellor, Norwegian Embassy, Dar es Salaam

  • Tanzania's perspectives on climate change and DRM, Dr Julius Ningu, Director of
    Environment, government of Tanzania |  PRESENTATION |
  • Building Cyclone Resistant Housing in Madagascar, Mamy Razakanaivo, Executive
    Secretary of the Unit for the Prevention and Management of Disasters, Prime Minister's Office, Madagascar |  PRESENTATION |
  • Benefits and challenges of disaster proofing Social Infrastructure, Serge Rajao Harilala, Consultant, Project Community and Environment, Intervention Fund for Development (FID), Madagascar
  • Scaling up climate resilience: the cases of Madagascar and Sao Tome, Sofia Bettencourt, Lead Operations Officer, World Bank Zambia office |  PRESENTATION |
  • Economic and social aspects of adaptation to climate change in Mozambique, Jean-
    Christophe Carret
    , Sr. Environmental Economist, World Bank Madagascar office |  PRESENTATION |
  • Mozambique's perspectives on adaptation to climate change, Xavier Chavana,
    Coordinator for the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, Government of Mozambique
  • Adaptation to climate change in Kenya's smallholder sector: lessons for mainstreaming
    climate change from a TFESSD-funded study, Barrack Okoba, Principal Research
    Scientist, KARI-Nairobi

| 1:00 - 2:00 pm | Lunch

| 2:00 - 5:30 pm |
Africa's Challenge – Africa's Opportunity: Wood Energy, Green Growth and Africa's Development Objectives

  • Chair: Juho Uusihakala, Counsellor, Governance and Energy sector, Embassy of Finland
  • Moderator: Klas Sander, Natural Resource Economist, Environment Department, World Bank |  PRESENTATION |

Overview of the study, Klas Sander

Screening of short documentary on charcoal in Tanzania (15 minutes)
Video Charcoal: Environmental Crisis or Sustainable Development Opportunity?

Panel discussion on charcoal, household energy, and the role of local capacity. Key questions the panel will discuss include: past and current state of the charcoal sector in Tanzania, where are the main challenges for charcoal sector reforms?, what role for charcoal in climate change adaptation and green growth strategies?, and the role of the private sector.


  • Representative, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Government of Tanzania
  • Patrik Zimmerli, Program Officer, Swiss Development Cooperation
  • Estomith Sawe, Executive Director, TaTEDO (NGO)
  • Dennis Tessier, Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI) (NGO)
  • Abdalla Shah, IUCN (environmental NGO)

| 5:30 pm | Closing of the day. Field visit logistics

Wednesday, November 16 - Field Visits

Departure 9 a.m. in three different groups. Field sites are within easy reach and feature cash transfers, public works on local small-scale social infrastructure, and household energy activities, and are arranged by TASAF and ARTI.

Thursday, November 17 – Fostering more Inclusive Development

| 9:00 - 10:00 am |  Lessons from field visits (reports by rapporteurs)

 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm | 
Social Funds: what role for Inclusive Development?

Chair: Dan Banik, Associate Professor and Research Director, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

  • TASAF: from project to program, Ladislaus J. Mwamanga, Acting Executive
    Director, Tanzania Social Action Fund |  PRESENTATION |
  • TFESSD support on social accountability, mobile phone banking and impact
    evaluation, Amadeus Kamagenge, Training, Research and Participation Specialist,
  • Social accountability in Malawi’s Social Action Fund, Charles Mandala, Director of Advocacy and Knowledge Management, Local Development Fund - Technical
    Support Team, Ministry of Finance, Malawi |  PRESENTATION |

| 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Lunch

| 1:30 - 2:45 pm |
Preparing for drought and climate change in agriculture: Lessons from Kenya

  • Drought insurance for pastoral livestock, Brenda Wandera, Project Development Manager, International Livestock Research Center, Kenya |  PRESENTATION |

| 2:45 - 5:00 pm |
Supporting knowledge and capacity for change: reflections on the Forum and lessons for the future

  • Chair: Cyprian Fisiy, Director, Social Development, World Bank

| 5:00 pm | Closing of the Forum


Field Trip Photos

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