24 in Dodoma
Mackay House,
P. O. Box 15 Dodoma, Tanzania.

Department for Development Services

Diocese Developments

History and background

In the 1980’s DCT combined evangelism with development but in the 1990’s, DCT separated evangelism from development. Department for development services therefore became an autonomous department.

Between 1990 and 2005, DCT through its department for development services used an integrated approach to community development through various ADPs (Area Development Programs) across the diocese. Such ADPs were; Itiso ADP, Chilonwa ADP, Hombolo ADP, Mwitikira ADP, Chipanga ADP, Lamaiti ADP, Chemba ADP, Mvumi ADP and Ibihwa ADP. Activities under each ADP were; agriculture, livestock, environment, relief, nutrition, education, health and community water supply.


Several Directors have gone through the development department as follows;

  • Haruni Sembuche (1988 – 1990)
  • Patrick Lemanya (1990 – 1993)
  • Ashery Maloda (1993 – 1994)
  • Bill Arthur (1994 – 1995)
  • Abnery Senyagwa (1995 – 2008)
  • Brian Porkandhams (2008 – 2010)
  • Essau Mzuli (2011 – 2012)
  • Lister Nyang’anyi (2013 to date)

Current Programs and Projects

As from 2006 to date, the development department has moved to a more sector – approach and major sectors are food security, environment, economic development, gender empowerment, nutrition and community water supply.




1 Conservation Agriculture (CA) and VSL (Village Savings and Lending) 4 years (2021 to 2025) TFCA/CFGB,               (Tearfund Canada/ Canadian Food Grains Bank), Canada 159,994
2 Integrated Food Security and WASH 3 years (2021 to 2023) ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development) ; USA 127,000
3 CA and Community Water Supply 3 years (2018 to 2021) is phasing out MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), Canada 25,000
4 Mwitikira Food Security 5 years (2018 to 2022) St. Paul’s Church, Virginia, USA 10,000
5 Ndebwe Food Security 3 years (2020 to 2023) Diocese of Virginia, USA 15,000
6 Mayamaya Food Security 1 year (2020 to 2021), renewable Diocese of New York, USA 10,000
7 Church – CA training of Trainers 1 year (2020 to 2021), renewable AAA (Anglican Aid Abroad), Australia 15,000
8 Hombolo Animal Farm  DCT’s own source  30,013
9 Msalato Cassava Farm  DCT’s own source  52,196
10 Rent From Buildings  DCT’s own source  7,829

Current Sectors and Activities

  • Conservation agriculture (CA) to address the challenge of climate change, mainly drought
  • Improved , early maturing, drought tolerant seeds of food crops (sorghum and pearl millet) and edible legumes (Lablab, green grams, cow peas and pigeon peas) and non-edible legumes (Canavalia and Mucuna)
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Soil health and integrated fertility management (IFM)
  • CA mechanization in land preparation with ripper
  • Airtight grain storage
  • Grain aggregation and marketing
  • CA advocacy meetings organized with stakeholders (district and regional governments, researchers, policy makers, ministry of agriculture, religious leaders, NGOs, etc.)
  • Tree planting
  • Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR)
  • Land use management
  • Bee keeping
  • Fuel saving stoves
  • Promotion of savings groups using VSLAs (Village Savings and Lending Associations) or SwE (Savings with Education) methodologies
  • Business, entrepreneurship and financial management training
  • Promotion of electronic VSL/SwE (e-VSL/e-SwE)
  • Training of members on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) tools
  • Training of caregivers on nutrition practices and behaviors
  • Training of caregivers on cooking demonstrations
  • Promotion of kitchen gardening and horticulture
  • Training of farmers on gender equity and equality
  • Awareness creation on decision making, access to and control of productive resources by women and girls
  • Community sensitization on sharing of domestic chores among men and boys to reduce workload on women and girls
  • Promotion of women into leadership positions
  1. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Capacity building needs assessment and development of capacity building plan for CBWSOs (Community Based Water Supply Organizations)
  • Establishment and registration of CBWSOs
  • Training of registered CBWSOs
  • Conduct baseline assessment and end line assessment by using CIT (Competency Index Tool)
  • Organize and conduct water quality status to understand basic water quality status of each system
  • Training of water users on water treatment
  • Rehabilitation of old or installation of new water system infrastructures (bore holes, shallow wells with hand pumps, pipe line, Distribution Points (DPs)
  • Training of church leaders on CCMP and holistic development
  • Coordination with church leaders, program staff, government extension officers, CA animators and Savings Facilitators to mobilize and recruit CA farmers and VSL/SwE members.


  • Coordination and collaboration between program staff, government extension officers, church and village government leaders, CA animators and Savings facilitators.
  • Dissemination and information sharing with farmer and savings groups will be through demonstration plots on farmers’ fields, farmer field days, farmer exchange and study visits, farmer field school (FFS), and farmers’ exhibitions.


  • Village government leaders, government extension officers and faith based leaders
  • CA animators and savings facilitators
  • District councils
  • Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI)
  • Ministry of agriculture
  • NGOs (with similar activities as DCT’s)
  • Private sector


  • Rural community development programming
  • Developing concept notes, proposal writing and reporting
  • Mobile data collection (KoBo Collect Toolbox) for various surveys (baseline, midterm evaluation, end line evaluation)
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Needs assessment
  • Situational Assessment (SA)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Environmental Analysis (EA)
  • Land use planning
  • Mapping software: Arc GIS (Geographical Information System), Quantum GIS, ArchiCAD, Epicollect 5 Software, and Locus Map
  • Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR)
  • Strategic planning
  • Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)
  • Church and Community Mobilization Process (CCMP)
  • Lobbying and advocacy
  • Savings methodologies (Village Savings and Lending – VSL and Savings with Education – SwE)
  • Management Information System (MIS) software for savings data processing and reports
  • Financial software (QuickBooks)
  • Formation and capacity building of water use entities or Community Based Water Supply Organizations (CBWSOs)
  • Community based disaster risk reduction management