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On February 17, 2008 the MCC signed a five-year, $698 million compact with Tanzania. The compact focuses on transportation (rehabilitation of roads and an airport), the energy sector to increase the coverage and reliability of electricity for business and domestic use, and the water sector to increase the availability and reliability of potable water. 

MCA Status

Tanzania's compact entered-into-force on September 17, 2008. The investments in three projects will help Tanzanians address the inadequate transportation network by improving roads that will increase commerce and help connect communities with markets, schools, and health clinics; improve the reliability and quality of electric power and extend electricity service to communities not currently served; and increase the availability and reliability of potable water for domestic and commercial use which will increase health and productivity.

Tanzania was deemed eligible for threshold program funding in FY2004 and FY2005. On May 3, 2006, the MCC and Tanzania signed a two-year, $11.2 million threshold program agreement which aimed to reduce corruption, strengthen good governance through rule of law initiatives, and increase oversight of public procurement.  The threshold program concluded on December 30, 2008.

Country Compact

Tanzania MCC compact
Tanzania's Monitoring and Evaluation plan
MCA-Tanzania website

For comparison, read Tanzania's most recent Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). 

Country Eligibility

In the FY2011 selection process, Tanzania scored above the median on all six Ruling Justly indicators, four of five Investing in People indicators, and five of six Economic Freedom indicators. Tanzania is a low income country (LIC).

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2011 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2010 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2009 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2008 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2007 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2006 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2005 selection indicators

Review Tanzania's performance on the FY2004 selection indicators

Learn more about the MCC’s country selection process 

Country Facts

Data are for 2009 (or most recent year available)

 Per capita income (GNI, current US$)
 Poverty rate ($2 a day) 96.6%
 GDP growth (annual) 5.5%
 Population, total 43,739,051
 Rural population (% of total) 74%
 Life expectancy 56 yrs
 Literacy rate 73%

Source: World Development Indicators 2010

Tanzania Country Brief from the World Bank

Other US Policies

Review USAID's strategy in Tanzania

Other Donors

The top three donors to Tanzania in 2009 were:

Gross ODA,
2008-2009 average 
(USD millions)
 World Bank IDA 525
 United States
 United Kingdom

Source: OECD/DAC database 
*ODA is Official Development Assistance

Other Resources

MCC Tanzania website

U.S. Department of State country profile providing background on Tanzania's history and U.S.-Tanzania relations 

World Bank Assistance in Tanzania