Improving water, sanitation and community life in Tanzania

Caritas Australia is working with Tanzanian communities to improve water and sanitation conditions and support community development in general.

A water race in Mahenge Tanzania

About the program

A water tank in Mahenge Tanzania

The Integrated Community Development program in Tanzania began as a water and sanitation program, but has expanded to address specific development needs as defined by the local community.

The World Bank estimates that around one third of the Tanzanian population live below the national poverty line. Over 75 percent of Tanzanians do not have access to adequate sanitation, while nearly 50 percent don't have access to water that is guaranteed to be clean.

The Integrated Community Development program has evolved substantially from the water and sanitation program established in 2001. As well as providing access to clean and safe water to within 500 metres of households, the program also uses participatory methods to alleviate gender-based social injustice and helps communities identify their needs and develop solutions. 

Input from local communities helps to ensure that their development needs and priorities are met.

The program has been very successful. In Njombe it has helped train over 650 people in the principles of sanitation and hygiene. In Mahenge it has supported the training of 23 Water User Committees on good water management.

The program benefits a large number of people in Tanzania and creates structures that can be successfully  sustained long after the program's completion date.

Watch the video below to see how our water program has helped in Tanzania.

Program details

  • Issues: Water and sanitation; Food security and agriculture
  • Partner Agency: Caritas Tanzania
  • Funding in 2014/15 financial year: AU $1,600,00 for program in Tanzania and Malawi 
  • Geographic location: Dioceses of Njombe, Mahenge, Kigoma and Mbulu
  • When established: 2001