School of History, Classics & Archaeology

The Arusha Declaration @50

The workshop will bring together academics from across the UK and Tanzania providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussion on the broad theme of implications of the Arusha Declaration on contemporary Tanzanian politics, economic development, education and social media. There will also be a historical focus, including personal reflections from those who were involved in the early days of the Arusha Declaration. The workshop features roundtables, hence plenty of opportunity for engagement.

There will also be an opportunity to take a guided walk around Nyerere’s Edinburgh, led by Tom Molony, author of Nyerere: The early years. The Tanzanian High Commissioner Her Excellency Dr Asha-Rose Migiro will give a short address  and closing remarks followed  by wine reception at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL.

A £5 contribution will be required for lunch and refreshments.

Registration: We highly encourage participants to register and to indicate whether they will also be attending the guided tour and wine reception.

Schedule at a Glance

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:05 Welcome Remarks

Panel 1 - Historical Perspectives

Chair: Albert Mkony

  • 09:05-09:20 George Roberts - Ujamaa na umoja? Revisiting the politics of the Arusha Declaration
  • 09:20-09:35 Kenneth King & Ralph Ibbott - The Arusha Declaration and Education for Self-Reliance
  • 09:35-09:50 Brian Van Arkadie - A memoir of the Second Five Year Plan
  • 09:50-10:05 Fr. Vic Missiaen - Did Nyerere’s Ujamaa succeed or fail? Were Tanzanians able to live out the Ujamaa ideal? - the moral perspective
  • 10:05-10:20 Elsbeth Court - Expressive culture: Prof. Msangi's print on Ujamaa.
  • 10:20-11:00 Roundtable

Tea break 11:00-11:15

Panel 2 - Impact of the Arusha Declaration

Chair: Hazel Gray

  • 11:15-11:30 Deborah Bryceson - Beyond Nyerere’s Vision: Artisanal Miners’ Impact on Egalitarianism and Economic Development in Tanzania
  • 11:30-11:45 Marie-Aude Fouéré - On the ruins of Ujamaa and the spectre of Nyerere: the debris of water supply in the Rufiji region
  • 11:45-12:00 John Harrington & Ambreena Manji - Mobility and Radicalism: The Arusha Declaration and University Legal Education
  • 12:00-12:15 Marc Wuyts - Demand, needs and past and present processes of industrialization in Tanzania: some conceptual issues
  • 12:15-13:00 Roundtable

Lunch break 13:00-14:00

Panel 3 - Arusha Declaration in Contemporary Politics

Chair: Emma Hunter

  • 14:00-14:15 Robert Macdonald - The Tabora Declaration: An Evaluation of an Explicit Attempt to Revive the Politics of the Arusha Declaration
  • 14:15-14:30 Dan Paget - The Authoritarian Origins of Chadema: The Unusual Development of a Mass Party in Opposition
  • 14:30 -14:45 Matteo Rizzo - Beyond Magufuli’s sensationalism: Populism, developmental authoritarianism and Tanzanian nation building @ 50
  • 14:45-15:00 Charlotte Cross - Policing ‘idle’ youth through community policing in urban Tanzania
  • 15:00-15:40 Roundtable

Tea break 15:40-15:55

Panel 4 – The Arusha Declaration Today

Chair: Tom Molony

  • 15:55-16:10 Albert Mkony - #ArushaDeclaration
  • 16:10-16:25 Chambi Chachage - The Arusha Declaration at Fifty: A Return to its Praxis?
  • 16:25-17:00 Roundtable
  • 17:00-18:00 Tom Molony - Nyerere’s Edinburgh safaris: introductory talk, followed by tour

Reception – Talbot Rice Gallery, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

18:15 Closing remarks by Her Excellency Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania The High Commissioner’s address is followed by a wine reception at the same venue.


Feb 24 2017 -

The Arusha Declaration @50

To mark the 50th anniversary of Tanzania's Arusha Declaration in February 1967, the Centre of African Studies and the Global and Transnational History Research Group at the University of Edinburgh are hosting a one-day workshop on the theme ‘The Arusha Declaration @50’ on Friday 24 February 2017.

Project Room, 1.06, 50 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH