Tackling the Dangerous Drift

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Following independence in 1961, Tanzania has enjoyed high levels of peace and tranquility, with relatively low levels of crime compared to situations in most of the neighboring countries.

However, there are several issues that the country is confronting which put it at significant risk for future crime and conflict, including: rising ethnic tensions; increased inter-faith and intra-faith conflicts; increased risk of terrorist-related threats and radicalization of youth in the coastal regions; heightened tensions over access to land and minerals; and increasing sophistication of organized crime and gang-related activities.

The above points, as well as others, offer opportunities for engagement and argue strongly for a crime and violence prevention program to be implemented over the next few years, to help ensure that Tanzania does not “drift” into a high-crime country.