Fifty Years of Cooperatives and Economic Development in Tanzania (1961-2011)
The study examines fifty years (1961-2011) of cooperatives and economic development in Tanzania. Data collection involved review of various reports and documents, as well as interviews. Results show that without co-operatives, small producers are left with almost no form of collective organization, at an immense disadvantage when taking their products or crops to the market. Without savings and credit co-operatives, many poor people have no safe home for their savings and nowhere to go for loans. Co-operatives are reliable institutions to provide solutions through collective action in other areas, too, such as fisheries, forestry, minerals and housing.