The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI/Tanzania) have marked a monumental milestone by signing a momentous $29.5 million, five-year cooperative agreement. The initiative, generously funded through USAID’s Tumaini Kupitia Vitendo (Hope through Action) program, is poised to drive positive change within communities in and around the iconic Gombe National Park. The agreement centers on enhancing local livelihoods, safeguarding the environment, and fostering peace and reconciliation.
The ceremonial signing occurred at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam and was attended by USAID Mission Director Craig Hart, JGI/Tanzania’s Executive Director Frederick Kimaro, and the globally acclaimed primatologist and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall.
Ambassador Michael Battle expressed the significance of this partnership, stating, “This agreement stands as a testament to the robust alliance forged between USAID and the Jane Goodall Institute. Our collective commitment lies in collaborating closely with local communities to preserve Gombe National Park and its invaluable chimpanzee population, all while enhancing the well-being of the inhabitants of this region.”
Kimaro echoed the sentiment: “Our enthusiasm knows no bounds as we embark on this vital partnership with USAID. This agreement signifies an opportunity for us to magnify our efforts in Gombe, thereby creating tangible, positive impacts in the lives of the local populace.”
The cooperative agreement is set to engender far-reaching benefits, creating a synergistic connection between conservation efforts, community upliftment, and the restoration of equilibrium within the region’s ecosystems. The emphasis on holistic development underscores the shared vision of USAID and JGI/Tanzania in fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and their natural environment.
With this landmark agreement, USAID reiterates its unwavering commitment to empowering local communities and bolstering conservation endeavors. The Jane Goodall Institute’s dedication to preserving and enriching the Gombe region finds formidable support through this collaboration, manifesting the potential for lasting positive change on both environmental and societal fronts.