Andrew’s experiences in Tanzania, first as an economic civil servant working in the planning unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and subsequently teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam gave him almost unique insights into what was happening in Tanzania at that time. He worked on these on his return to the UK, and the results were two books: Tanzania: A Political Economy, Oxford University Press, 1982 and African Socialism in Practice, Spokesman Books,  edited 1979.


Tanzanian artwork (click image to enlarge)

He visited Tanzania in 2006 and regularly thereafter. He is Vice Chair of the Britain Tanzania Society and a board member of the Tanzania Development Trust, both accessed via http://www.btsociety.org

In 2009 he contributed a short article on ‘Nyerere’s socialism and its limits’ to a publication celebrating the life of President Julius Nyerere ten years after his death in 1999. In November 2010 he was the main speaker at a Seminar organised by the Britain Tanzania Society and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where he spoke on Kilimo Kwanza: A New Start for Agriculture in Tanzania? In 2011 he was commissioned by the International Growth Centre to write a paper on Improving the Contribution of Agricultural Research to Economic Growth in Tanzania; this (with Bitrina Diyamett) was published in 2012. In May 2014 he will present a paper on the political economy of Tanzania at a conference 50 Years of Development in Sub-Saharan Africa - The Experience of Tanzania at the University of Bradford.