The Smart Hands Tanzania (SHTz) “Mikono Salama” is a private sector-led initiative aimed at increasing private sector participation and investment by contributing to delivering results for vulnerable communities in the WASH Sector in Tanzania through an equity lens by reaching the last mile first. Under the Smart Hands Tanzania sits the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt), UNICEF, the Government of Tanzania, CSOs and, other private and public sector stakeholders.
The added advantage that SHTz brings to the table is to leverage the private sector capacities in WASH commodities manufacturing, donations, distribution channels and transportation networks to contribute to improving efficiency in the sector. SHTz aims to bolster response efforts by fast-tracking the supply and distribution of critical hygiene products including water guard, soap, hand sanitizers, and handwashing stations to vulnerable communities.
To ensure the effective delivery of hygiene products and services and overall project success the SHTz delivery model focuses on four guiding principles – suspension of the profit motive, speed via rapid relief response efforts, last mile saturation and private sector championing.
The SHTz coalition partners have committed to these principles with the overall objective of providing products and services to beneficiaries immediately – at no cost – and with depth and breadth of reach. The objective is to encourage and help target populations adopt improved hygiene behaviours into their daily living practices.
In the medium and long term, SHTz aims to complement several initiatives undertaken by the Government of Tanzania. This includes but not limited to the Water and Sanitation Development Programme; National Sanitation Campaign through the Mikono Safi Campaign and Tanzania Development Vision 2025. In addition, the project will contribute to the country’s efforts geared towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to which Tanzania has committed to making 100% basic WASH service level by 2030.
The implementation of the SHTz project will be done using a phased approach. For the project’s pilot phase, SHTz aims to initially target individuals in the TASAF programme and health care facilities in the districts of Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke. The data that SHTz districts will collect during operations in the three districts will provide the opportunity to obtain critical learnings that can then be applied as SHTz looks to scale to vulnerable communities outside the Dar es Salaam region. It is during the project scale up that schools will also be targeted and serviced under SHTz.
As part of the project scale-up, SHTz in coordination with the Government will be looking to scale up project operations to areas that present immediate opportunities for WASH commodities that are available under SHTz. The major focus will be on schools and health care facilities.