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Tume ya Maendeleo ya Ushirika Tanzania (TCDC)

- Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission (TCDC)

The Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission is established by the Cooperative Societies Act No 6 of 2013 and is mandated with the regulation and promotion of cooperative sector development.

Vision and Mission

Vision : To be a leading organization in Africa that fosters development of modern and commercial cooperative societies which meet global standards and demands of the cooperative movement.

Mission: To provide efficient and effective regulatory and promotional services for attainment of vibrant, modern and commercial cooperative societies in Tanzania.

Core Values

  • Professionalism:We provide our services based on technical know- how and relevant skills.
  • Team Work spirit: We work together towards common goals by sharing skills, knowledge and experience.
  • Accountability: We acknowledge assigned responsibilities and we are answerable for consequences.
  • Transparency: We adhere clear and open procedures and guidelines in all our undertakings.
  • Integrity: We adhere moral principles/ethical code while offering our services.
  • Result Oriented: While focusing on our clients’ needs, we execute activities basing on expected outcomes

Functions of TCDC

The roles of the Commission are to regulate and promote development of the cooperative sector (a) for the purposes of regulating cooperative societies, the functions of the Commission shall be to:

  • Register and deregister cooperative societies;
  • Inspect and supervise cooperative societies;
  • Keep and maintain the register of cooperative societies;
  • Ensure publication of the names of registered or de-registered societies in the Gazette;
  • Determine disputes and complaints arising from cooperative societies;


The Cooperative development department has been moving from one Ministry to another presumably for the purpose of strengthening the implementation of its roles and functions to meet the desired demands of the targeted people and various stakeholders. Though the department had passed through various Ministries it faced various challenges which contrally to the envisaged results lead to inefficiency in its performance and operations.

The Cooperative development department passed through various ministries as bellow:

  • 1932-1966 - Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives
  • 1967-1970 - Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative
  • 1970-1971 - Ministry of Agriculture Food and Cooperative Societies
  • 1972 - Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • 1973-1977 - Prime Minister and Second Vice President Office
  • 1978-1985 - Prime Minister Office
  • 1986-1988 - Ministry of Local Government and Cooperative Development
  • 1989-1990 - Ministry of Local Government Cooperatives and Marketing
  • 1990 - Ministry of Local Government Community Development Cooperatives and Marketing
  • 1991-1994 - Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Development and Cooperatives
  • 1995-1997 - Ministry of Agriculture
  • 1998-2001 - Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • 2002-2005 - Ministry of Cooperatives and Marketing
  • 2006-2014 - Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives

The President of The United Republic of Tanzania established the Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission (TCDC) in 2009 through the Government Notice No. 20 of February, 2008. The Cooperatives Development Division was transformed into an Independent Department as a Commission under the Ministry responsible for Cooperatives. However, the Commission was unable to implement its functions under The Cooperative Societies Act No 20 of 2003 until it was amended.

TCDC is mandated by The Cooperative Societies Act No. 6 of 2013 to implement its functions for regulating and promoting cooperative development in Tanzania. The enactment of the new cooperative legislation and the consequent establishment of TCDC is part of implementation of the Government policy decisions of 2008 which aimed at strengthening Government regulatory and promotional roles in order to restore people’s confidence in cooperatives.

TCDC is therefore mandated to oversee the management and operations of cooperatives societies to ensure compliance to the fundamental principles of cooperatives.

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