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Same May 31 2022: Limited involvement of the rural communities, low resource allocation, and a slow pace in right technological advancement could hinder Tanzania’s transition to clean energy
In a dialogue between District Officers (Dos), CSOs, organized under the FORUMCC who are also the Designated National Platform of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the media held on 27th May 2022 in Same District, Northern Tanzania, stakeholders argued that rural communities in Tanzania are being left out in the planned move to clean energy.
“I had a 32 inches Solar powered Television screen, of which I am not using it any longer because its power cable was damaged and its compatible spare is not in the market,” said a development officer in Same District while sharing his experience on the slow pace of investment in the technological development in clean energy transition endeavor in Tanzania.
The participants also said unless the government addresses barriers, lack of access to clean energy could also be a hindrance to the aspirations of Vision 2050 towards energy transition. Zainabu Daudi, a Councilor from one of the remote Wards in Same District said the private sector is not actively playing its part because of limited knowledge and information about the demands of clean energy, which include equipment and technologies. “These, in rural areas are compounded by unclear business cases that could have been used to attract their investment,” she noted.

Contributing in the dialogue from the CSOs representation, Titus Onesmo noted that the term "transition to clean energy" has recently made its way into National Policy and Climate Change discussions, but many workers in the local government and actors in the private sector are unaware of this term and are thus inactive in the green growth across all levels in the country”
Onesmo added that the government policy initiatives meant to ramp up green energy in the country should be promoted and decentralized for the understanding by the local government administrators and the private sector.
Gaspary Gratian, a participant from the CSOs said the real-world impact of such policies is not yet visible despite the government's publicly stated aim of boosting potential energy sources such as from the wind and solar energy”.
He added that there is a gap between the political commitment and the actual implementation at local levels and the non-state processes on this transition.
He further pointed out that to grow the interest towards the real transition, reforms in terms of stakeholder’s engagement and public awareness are crucial.
The policy dialogue on the transition to Green growth using the clean energy transition brought together different actors from the CSOs in Same district and District Officers (Dos) from natural resources, environment, community development, planning and Agriculture departments.
FORUMCC, CSOs and the District Officers under the leadership of the Council Chairperson agreed to develop a Road map towards an integration of the Clean Energy transition initiatives into the District plans and budgets, including some actions in relevant projects.

Author Msololo Onditi, Head of Programmes, FORUMCC. Tel: +255784225616

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