A couple of weeks ago we released a briefing paper summarising some on-going research in Northern Tanzania on a small project working with groups of People Living with HIV/AIDS to claim their rights as defined by the 2008 Tanzanian HIV/AIDS Act. We are now pleased to present the full working paper which you can download on the publications page.
The paper shows how a small NGO project could act as a catalyst in starting processes of change without creating dependency on aid and through working directly with existing state institutions. Using a rights-based approach requires long-term commitment and HIV/AIDS magnifies inequality in both poverty and gender. Reflecting on this research I am left with the conclusion that further work on rights is required but those rights are not just for those living with HIV/AIDS but broader rights and entitlements which fundamentally challenge gender inequality and poverty in Tanzania. This is a challenge for a country such as Tanzania in which inequality and the numbers of people living in poverty is growing despite record economic growth. I will be returning to this topic in my next post but in the meantime you might be interested in the latest African Economic Outlook report on Tanzania.