The agreement was officially signed by Norwegian ambassador Hanne-Marie Kaarstad and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Alvaro Rodriguez.
The additional support will be channeled towards agriculture in the Kigoma Joint Programme, and expanding capacity to implement the Tanzanian government’s national action plan to combat violence against women and children.
Kaarstad saluted the government’s efforts so far to accommodate approximately 340,000 refugees in Kigoma Region. She said the government had requested external support “to bring benefits to the host communities and provide results that go beyond the immediate humanitarian needs.”
“The funding for the UN Joint Kigoma Programme is Norway’s response to that request,” the envoy explained.
She also highlighted that Norway is a long-term global supporter of women’s rights and through its support to UNDAP II has so far empowered women through entrepreneurship training, as well as contributed to efforts to end violence against women and children.
Underlining Norway’s support to the UN, ambassador Kaarstad stated: “We believe having the UN delivering as one will enable the UN to increase its impact on the ground for the benefit of all Tanzanians”.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, described Norway as a steadfast development partner for One UN activities as well as for Tanzania.
“The resources that Norway offers will help address the needs of those furthest behind,” he said, pointing to a focus on the needs of vulnerable women and children.
Norway’s donation will be channeled through the Tanzania One Fund, established for UN agencies in the country to help implement the United Nations Development Assistance Plan 2016-2021 (UNDAP II).
Last year, Norway donated approximately $ 4.8 million (10.6bn/-). The additional funding tops up on the previous donation by an additional $5.1 million (11.4bn/-) approximately.
Norway has pumped in over $16 million to the Tanzania One Fund during its previous programme cycle – UNDAP I (2011-2016). Norway’s latest donation will support One UN Tanzania in its recently launched current programme cycle, UNDAP II (2016-2021).