Vodacom Tanzania Foundation launches social impact report and new strategy to deliver inclusive growth.
Vodacom Tanzania Foundation, today launched its Social Impact Report (2014-2017) together with its new strategic plan for 2019-2021 which focuses on Inclusive Education, Growth in Agriculture, Climate Action and Financial Inclusion pillars at an event themed “Alama za upendo wa Vodacom” that was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event which was graced by the Deputy Minister of State in the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Government - Health), Joseph Kandege and other officials from development partners and stakeholders both local and international and local civil societies.
During the assessment period, Vodacom Tanzania Foundation invested more than TZS 11 billion in community projects that have impacted the lives of nearly 3 million people in Tanzania.
The Guest of Honour, Honourable Kandege commended Vodacom Foundation efforts in supporting communities and emphasized on greater collaboration through partnerships among all actors. “I commend Vodacom’s support on government initiatives that seek to improve lives especially in the area of maternal health, education and economic empowerment. Realizing a transformed Tanzania cannot be done alone, it is important for all of us to come together. My hope is that this report will encourage all of us to create meaningful change in the lives of low-income and marginalized people throughout Tanzania,” said Hon. Kandege
Speaking on the foundations’ new strategy, Vodacom Tanzania Managing Director Hisham Hendi said, “Our 2019-2021 strategy of the Foundation is hinged on Tanzania’s national development plans and the global SDG’s and geared towards increasing the number of Tanzanians who have access to financial services, quality education and instigate incremental changes that will lead to the growth of the agricultural sector. As the country’s leading mobile network operator, we are in a unique position to bring about socio-economic development in Tanzania through the use of mobile technology.”
He added the telco has a huge opportunity and responsibility to define how technology and innovation accelerate digital transformation and foster inclusive economic growth in Tanzania for the increased efficiency and productivity of its people and has been doing so since inception in 2000.
On her part the Corporate Affairs and Vodacom Tanzania Foundation Director, Ms Rosalynn Mworia, called on other private sector organisations to undertake community projects solving various social issues to transform Tanzania. “We want to share this report with all stakeholders hoping that it will inspire other organisations to direct more capital towards social investments and to catalyse more partnerships that will deliver social value to communities and create a more empowered and connected society,” added Rosalynn.
Through collaborative partnerships, Vodacom Tanzania Foundation has since its inception in 2006 made a positive impact on the lives of Tanzanians through poverty reduction, providing children with quality education, empowering women and girls, and improving access to maternal health services.