The Tanzania Urban Resilience Program (TURP) is a multi-year, strategic technical assistance program funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom. The program’s main objective is to support Tanzania’s national and local governments in better managing climate risk in cities and enabling climate-resilient urbanization across the country.

Climate risk maps and trainings

About the Initiative

Objective of Tanzania Urban Resilience Programme (TURP), also known as Building Urban Resilience to Climate Change in Tanzania, is to moderate climatic impacts and linked urban development challenges through management of climate risk in Tanzania’s rapidly growing cities.

Among its many achievements, the programme leveraged a $260 million Government of Tanzania integrated flood protection project in the Msimbazi Basin, financed by the World Bank and provided information generated by TURP analytics and consultations. The project will provide sustainable and comprehensive solution to alleviate flooding problems in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest and rapidly growing city, which is frequently affected by floods. The city population is expected to reach 10 million by 2030, highlighting significant exposure to flood-linked risks.

TURP has supported various technical assistance activities to inform a range of investments under World Bank–financed projects in Zanzibar and secondary cities on the mainland. For instance, both the Boosting Inclusive Growth for Zanzibar – Integrated Development Project (BIG-Z) and the Tanzania Cities Transforming Infrastructure and Competitiveness Project (TACTIC) aim to improve resilience and service delivery in fast growing cities.

Learning & Impact

TURP has built a repository of actionable, community-based climate risk data and information. This data informs risk reduction measures and the planning, design, and implementation of urban infrastructure investments.

Through training and skill development activities of Resilience Academy, TURP has fostered data and climate resilience consciousness among a generation of young people, preparing them to take up the resilience agenda across the country.

TURP has also significantly strengthened the institutional capacity of national and city governments to respond to emergencies and disasters.


Implementing Agencies & Partners:
  • Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), United Kingdom
  • President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments (PO – RALG), Tanzania


This case study has been contributed by Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Government of United Kingdom


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