Civil Society Voluntarism in Tanzania
By Manara Kenny
Tanzania has a long tradition of voluntarism, but the increased
number of civil society organisations has formed a new arena for
voluntary work. Has the voluntarism changed overtime and why? In what
kind of voluntary activies do Tanzanians participate these days?
This working paper is based on interviews with various Tanzanian
civil society actors and contemporary documents on the country’s civil
society. It aims to increase understanding and knowledge concerning
civil society. Such themes as the history of voluntarism in Tanzania and
the characteristics of current civil society voluntarism, as well as
discourses the Tanzanian NGOs use on voluntarism are reviewed .
The focus of the working paper is on service-providing civil society
organisations because of the volume of their voluntary activities. Local
volunteers’ contribution to South-North civil society co-operation is
also touched on.