23 March 2023
Norway Announces TZS26.4 billion to Accelerate SDGs in Tanzania
Norway has announced a contribution of NOK 120 million (TZS 26.4 billion) to the Tanzania Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Acceleration Fund, aimed at accelerating SDGs in Tanzania. The Tanzania SDG Acceleration Fund is a pooled-funding mechanism established in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the United Republic of Tanzania, 2022-2027. The Tanzania SDG Acceleration Fund seeks to reduce multidimensional poverty in Tanzania through transformative, greener, inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs, and national priorities. Norway's contribution will focus on supporting joint programs involving multiple UN organizations and partners, with the aim of leveraging the UN's extensive expertise in various areas for greater development impact. Bjørg Sandkjær, Norway’s State Secretary of International Development, who is currently visiting Tanzania, said, "We are pleased to announce this contribution to the Tanzania SDG Acceleration Fund. Through this Fund, we aim to contribute to the reduction of multidimensional poverty in Tanzania and to support joint UN action at the country level." The contribution makes Norway the first donor to the new Tanzania SDG Acceleration Fund. Mr. Zlatan Milisic, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, expressed his gratitude, saying, "We thank the Government and people of Norway for this new contribution. It is a testament to the strong partnership between Norway and the United Nations in Tanzania, and our shared commitment to supporting Tanzania in achieving the SDGs." The Tanzania SDG Acceleration Fund is a joint initiative between the United Nations and the Government of Tanzania that aims to mobilize and direct pooled resources to high-impact and transformative results to accelerate SDG progress in Tanzania. The fund prioritizes special efforts to ensure that no one is left behind. Norway's contribution of reliable and flexible funding will enable the UN to respond to Tanzania’s development priorities and needs in a more integrated and efficient way.