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2.1 Policy Environment

Tanzania has put in place a supportive environment for the promotion of animal welfare and rights. The implementation of policies and legislation, especially at local government level where ASPA is operating, is still a challenge. ASPA will concentrate on contributing towards the implementation of the Tanzania Animal Welfare Act (2008), the National Livestock Policy (2006) and the Vet Act No. 16 and 17 (2003). ASPA will also support implementation of the second generation National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP or MKUKUTA), which will be the main national development strategy for the next 5 years (up to 2020).

2.2 SWOT Analysis

The operating environment for ASPA and animal welfare in Tanzania has been changing. The government and other state actors are becoming more responsive to animal welfare issues. The role of different stakeholders is becoming clearer, with the private sector, law enforcement agencies and civil society organizations increasingly engaging.

However, there is still limited political will to ensure the policies and legislation in place are implemented. There is also a challenge of conflicting interest between human welfare vs. animal welfare and in turn, these two are continuously seen as mutually exclusive by different actors. Further to this, there is a need to sensitize other stakeholders, including SUMATRA, Abattoirs and local government authorities, who are involved in implementing laws and policies.

Internally, ASPA is undergoing institutional change moving from a voluntary based organization to a more structured and professional organization with full time employees and volunteers. This change calls for building a stronger organization and manage this growth. ASPA identified areas to improve including building institutional and human resource capacity to deliver on programmes, work on improving visibility of the organization and its activities in the communities, strengthening relations and partnership with government, state and non-state actors, increase involvement in the implementation of pertinent policies and legislation and enhance advocacy efforts on animal welfare as key areas to build upon.

2.3 Cross-cutting Issues

With respect to the strategic programme areas of this strategic plan, ASPA will also be working on addressing three other cross cutting issues to complement its programmes and activities. These issues are Gender Equality, Environmental Conservation and HIV/ AIDS. ASPA will work towards ensuring it is an equal access and opportunity organization in its operations and programmes whilst also promoting environmental awareness and protection and safer sexual practices and behavioral change against HIV/ AIDS among our staff, membership and in the communities we serve.

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