On 21st November 2018, Swisscontact handed over the Developing Economic Opportunities in Waste Collection project commonly referred to as ‘Taka ni Mali’ to 2 municipal councils and 1 city council working under the Government of Tanzania.
Taka ni Mali, the only pure urban market project in Swisscontact’s Central, East and Southern Africa region, was initially implemented in Morogoro Municipality from 2013 – 2017 and additionally in Mwanza City Council from 2017 – 2018.
The community-based project was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Canton of Geneva. The project goal was to develop economic opportunities in the solid waste collection and recycling sub-sector while reducing environmental degradation and health risks through the implementation of an efficient and sustainable Solid Waste Management (SWM) system.
‘It would be erroneous to say that the project was successfully implemented solely by Swisscontact. The local government, Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and the private sector have all played an important role in supporting this cause. In fact, all the stakeholders have driven this project and Swisscontact’s facilitation has supported the sector in functioning correctly. This clearly identifies with our organisation's systemic approach of stakeholder ownership and accountability to ensure that the project activities are sustainable,’ said the Regional Director, Ms. Veronique Su, during the ceremony.
The project handed over 3 cheques each worth CHF 8,690 to the Mwanza City Council, Ilemela and Morogoro Municipalities. The monies will be used to help them strategically sustain proper solid waste management systems in the different locations.
The event was graced by a representative from the Regional Commissioner’s Office, Mr. Seif Hussein, Mrs. Viane Kombe, the Ag. District Executive Officer in Mwanza City Council, Mr. Dauson Jeremiah, the Ag. Municipal Environmental Officer from Morogoro and Mr. Batare, a Municipal Official from Ilemela. Several beneficiaries shared their testimonies on how the project has helped them create a decent living as well as a clean ecosystem.
‘We have seen a reduction in diseases such as cholera in Mwanza and we attribute this to the community embracing the Taka ni Mali project. We are thankful for the monies handed over to us and plan to use them to ensure a cleaner city,’ said Mrs. Viane Kombe.