To understand a country economic dynamic, it is important to look back into history and analyze the different trends, when trade became prominent, the different actors involved, the administrative structure, the law, the different policies introduced to stimulate the economy, and most importantly it is crucial to carefully analyzed  both the economic strengths and weaknesses. This helps to understand the country level of economic development, and why it is the way it is today.

This presentation focuses on the making of Tanzania economic development while highlighting the different development policies implemented by the power in place. It explores both the effectiveness of those policies and  its relationships with other like minded countries. By attempting to shed light on the socioeconomic situation of Tanzania, it however tries to explains why the reality of the country is animated Julius Nyerere’s legacy, father of African socialism. Using the Ujamaa policy which is clarified through the Arusha Declaration, it shows why despite the economic challenges that the country went through in the 1980s, Tanzania offers a compelling story; that of a nation willing to be economically free and developed despite the odds.

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