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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
While Tanzania has been at the forefront of creating a positive legal
framework and political context for gender equality, certain legal, regulatory,
and administrative barriers still hinder women's full participation in private
sector development. This report analyzes these barriers and makes
recommendations for needed change, to ensure women's full contribution to
private sector development and economic growth in Tanzania. Building on
intensive stakeholder consultations and the findings of numerous studies,
notably the MKURABITA diagnostic and the 2003/4 Investment Climate Assessments
for Tanzania and Zanzibar, this report examines these gender-related barriers
to growth and investment. It highlights legal and administrative constraints
that have a disproportionately negative effect on female-headed businesses, and
makes recommendations for needed reforms. Addressing these issues would not
only help unlock the full economic potential of women, but would help improve
the environment for all businesses in Tanzania. While Tanzania's economic
growth has been strong, this report finds that if the country were to bring
female secondary schooling and female total years of schooling to the same
level as now enjoyed by males, this could produce up to an additional annual
percentage point of growth - a valuable contribution to achieving the 6-8
percent annual growth targets of the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction
of Poverty (NSGRP or MKUKUTA).