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Dar will not become a “middle income country” in 2015, but will Tanzania?

Daily News fp 120615Dar closer to don middle-income country tag soon,” said the government-owned Daily News on the front page, citing the budget speech by Tanzania’s Minister of Finance, Saada Mkuya Salim.

Let’s leave aside the oddly phrased headline (including the implication that “Dar” is about to become a country).

Instead, is Tanzania really on track to soon become a middle-income country? Continue reading

Charged numbers: access to electricity in Tanzania

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Mwananchi fp 120615In her budget speech to parliament yesterday, Minister of Finance, Saada Mkuya Salim, gave some positive figures on access to electricity in Tanzania. Between 2011 and 2014, she said, access to electricity increased from 7% to 36% (see page 44).

The figure made it onto the front page of Mwananchi newspaper.

Numbers that don’t sound plausible are worth checking out, especially when presented by politicians. So I decided to check the sources. Continue reading