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Good news to the core

Woman: What are you carrying? Wait, listen, I’ve got some questions about this. Look, I have a problem in my life. Tell me, what can I do about this? What’s your advice? Tamie: Well, here’s the context… Woman: No, listen, just tell me straight. This is my problem. What exactly […]

City Wonder 1

I recently learned that in 2008, the people of Earth hit a new milestone: we became ‘majority urban’. Over half of us now live in cities. Tanzania, where I live, will be majority urban within the next 10-15 years, and being a university minister invests me in that emerging reality. Australia, where I’m from, is overwhelmingly urbanised, […]

Who are the urban-dwellers in Tanzania?

“Tanzania is more urbanised than it perceives itself to be. Urban Tanzanians feel emotionally rooted in their villages of origin, rather than in the cities and towns where they live.” This is one of the reasons we are undertaking to understand more of village life in Tanzania. However, like Australians […]

Starting to think about villages

As we continue learning about life in Tanzania, one huge area that we haven’t explored much is ‘the village’. Something like 75% of Tanzanians live in villages. While we are working in an urban context, many students come to university from a village. Additionally, ‘village Tanzania’ seems to contribute significantly […]