United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are among countries which have achieved the fastest growth in Africa in sustaining human progress by reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience between 2000 and 2013, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development report shows.
The latest report indicates that Rwanda ties with Ethiopia, on the continent followed by Angola, Burundi, Mali, Mozambique, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zambia.
It says Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being but insecurity as well as natural or human-induced disasters persists in some parts of the region.
“Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable who are the most affected are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive,” Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa said.
He urged countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crises from setting back recent development advances.
The report cites jobs, social protection and more cohesive societies among the requirements needed to secure the region’s development gains.
It says preventing shocks and promoting opportunities for all can effectively help reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience.
Helen Clark, administrator for UNDP said poverty eradication is not just about ‘getting to zero’ but it is also about staying there.
”The report’s focus on resilience is highly relevant to current discussions on the post 2015 global development agenda,” Clark said.
The report calls on countries to transition from agricultural based economies into industry and services, while supporting investments in infrastructure and education so that modern formal employment gradually incorporates most of the workforce.
United Nations Information Center (UNIC)
The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Dar es Salaam  is today conducting a ‘Fun Thursday’ session with students in Kinondoni District to mark the first ever world day against trafficking of persons.
A press statement issued yesterday by UNIC said that the day will as of this year be marked globally on the July 30th.
However, this year due to the Eid el Fitr festivities on that date, the students will mark the day today in an educative session at the Coco Beach area. 
The world day against trafficking of persons is coordinated globally by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and it aims at raising awareness around the globe to highlight the plight of the millions of women, men and children who are victims of trafficking from all corners of the world.
The statement said the day also aims at encouraging people to take action against this crime. 
At the event, participants will hear presentations from various speakers including the Counter trafficking Officer from the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Tussa Njwaba and UN Tanzania’s Human Rights Office Chitralekha Massey.  
According to the Anti Trafficking Unit Desk of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Tanzania, this modern day slavery is estimated to entrap 27 million people globally, netting an estimated profit of USD 32 billion annually.
Explaining, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Programme Coordinator in Tanzania, Tamara Keating said recently that victims travel with hopes of building a better life but they are instead forced to work for long hours with little or no pay at all.
She said that IOM received funds from the European Commission for implementation of a three-year anti-trafficking project in Tanzania launched in January this year and is to run to December, 2016.

Azam FC, Simba SC in Africa`s 400 best

Mainland champions Azam FC and Simba are among 408 well rated soccer clubs in the continent on the basis of a release by the African soccer body, CAF, yesterday.

TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo lead the list where top city club Young Africans (Yanga) did not make the list. 

The Africa football/soccer clubs ranking places Azam FC at 313 while Simba are slotted at number 318.

El Merreikh of Sudan are placed second and Esperance of Tunisia are third, followed by Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Al Hilal Omdurman of Sudan who are fifth.

The popular Al Ahly of Egypt made it to sixth place as their archrivals Zamalek FC are berthed at 14th slot. South African club Kaizer Chiefs are placed eighth while Mamelodi Sundowns are at 10th position.

The report says that Enyimba of Nigeria are now ranked 32nd on the continent.
Sofapaka of Kenya breathed into the rankings at 176th place while Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards also failed to make the chart.

Meanwhile, former Yanga assistant coach Kennedy Mwaisabula has said that it will be shameful if the club will not compete in the East and Central Africa Club Championship, the Kagame Cup.

The championship organized by the Council of East and Central Football Associations (Cecafa) will kick off from August 8-24 in Kigali.

Mwaisabula said that the tournament will be beneficial to Yanga if they will use it to test the ability and skills of new players,, especially Brazilians Genilson Santos Santana 'Jaja' and Andrey Marcel Ferreira Coutinho.

He said that claims by the club that were yet to get invitation from Cecafa were baseless as the council does not have to communicate with eligible clubs but via the member federation, the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF).

“Yanga should not beat around the bush because the Kagame Cup is staged every year and they were the Mainland Champions last year. So they have to represent the country,” Mwaisabula said, noting that competing in the championship will build their team well ahead of this year’s premier league.

He said that the fact that TFF postponed the Mainland Premier League kick off to allow its teams to compete in the Kagame Cup was enough message to Yanga that they should compete in the tourney.
The Mainland Premier League was postponed   from August 24 to September 20.

U-17 team for Johannesburg

Tanzania's under 17 players and officials today board a Johannesburg-bound flight ahead of their return leg tie of the African Nations Youth championship qualifiers against their South African counterparts.
The contingent comprises 25 players and officials who are gearing up for the crucial tie scheduled to be played at Soweto’s, Dobsonville Stadium on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
The kick off time is 16:00 hours. The teams battled to a barren draw during the first leg match played at the Chamazi Stadium on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam ten days ago.
This time no other barren draw will be entertained as there has to be a winner or a draw of any number of goals. Aggregate winner of the match will advance and face another playoff winner of between Egypt   and Congo Brazzaville. 
Finals of the championship are scheduled to be staged in Niger for the first time in history. 
The U-17 players making the trip include Abdallah Jumanne Shimba, Abdulrasul Tahil Bitebo, Abutwalib Hamidu Msheri, Adolf Mtsigwa Bitegeko, Ally Aziz Mnasi, Ally Shaban Mabuyu and Athanas Enemias Mdamu.
Others lined up for the trip are Badru Haji Othman, Baraka Yusuph Baraka, Issa Backy Athuman, Juma Ally Yusuph, Kelvin Longnus Faru, Martin Kiggi Luseke, Metacha Boniface Mnata, Mohamed Mussa Abdallah, Omary Ame Omary, Omary Natalis Wayne, Prospal Alloyce Mushin and Seif Said Seif.  
Head coach Hababuu Ally Omary and his assistant Stewart John Hall (technical assistant) lead other officials for the team that include goalkeepers coach Peter Manyika physician Richard Yomba and kit manager Edward Venance. 
Khalid Mohamed Abdallah who is one of the Tanzania Football Federation’s executive committee members is the head of the delegation for the team expected to fly back on August 4.

Yanga SC announce committee members

Benno Njovu
The new executive committee members for Mainland top flight side Young Africans Sports Club will officially resume duties with effect from Friday while replacing the incumbent ones.
The decision was reached at the club’s leadership meeting held in Dar es Salaam as confirmed by the club’s secretary general Benno Njovu at a press conference yesterday.
Njovu said Yanga’s administration has mandate granted by its members according to the club’s constitution to change, reduce or add any member at its executive committee depending on prevailing circumstances.  
The Yanga official made public announcement that duties of all incumbent executive committee members will officially come to an end on Thursday.
Njovu unveiled the new team and their responsibilities as follows; Aboubakar Rajab will be responsible for Jangwani City project, Sam Mapande -good governance and law, George Fumbuka - organisations formation, Waziri Barnabas - donor’s relations and copyrights permits, Abbas Tarimba - planning and coordination, Isaac Chanji and Seif Ahmed – sports promotion, Mussa Katabaro - sale of merchandise, Mohammed Binda – branches establishment, David Ndeketela Sekione – addition of new members and Mohammed Nyange -  information and advertising.
Meanwhile, Njovu acknowledged to have received an invitation letter extended by CECAFA through the TFF to participate in this year’s edition Kagame Cup that kicks off in Kigali on August 7.