Tanzania 2020


Academic Courses

  • ANT 390/WGS 385  Women's Rights, Violence and Development

This course introduces students to women’s legal rights in Tanzania in the post-colonial period. This class will examine a rights-based approach to development in which Tanzanian women’s rights NGOs have used international human rights laws and conventions to advocate for Tanzanian women’s rights.  Specifically, students will learn how domestic violence legislation in Tanzania relates to development and how Tanzanian NGO professionals have advocated against gender-based violence.

  • IGS 380  Health and Development in Tanzania

This interdisciplinary course will examine and analyze the roles of history, culture, politics, economics, and environment in shaping gender and health in Tanzania. This course will include an in-depth study of traditional and biomedical healing systems and Tanzania’s disease burden especially with respect to sexual and reproductive health. Approaches to development in Tanzania will be presented and analyzed.


Drs. Bourdon and Nichols-Belo are anthropologists who have studied, conducted research, and lived in Tanzania. This will be our third Mercer on Mission program to Mwanza, and we have both led other Mercer on Mission and study abroad programs at Mercer.

Program Highlights

Service Project Description:

In 2020, we will partner with Hakizetu (www.Hakizetu.org), a Tanzanian non-governmental organization focused on women’s empowerment and the prevention of gender-based violence, teen pregnancy, and early marriage. While Hakizetu works in a variety of community-based settings, we have been asked to support three initiatives:

  1. Working to review, update, and expand their gender violence prevention curriculum;
  2. Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan of their past and current research and programs;
  3. Documentation of project work.


We will also visit our previous partner (Upendo Daima) to follow up on work carried out by Mercer students in 2016 and 2018.


Our program will be held in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city. Located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Mwanza is a vibrant, safe, mid-sized city. In addition to our programmatic work, students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic Kiswahili in Mwanza’s markets, try delicious food, visit rock formations, learn about Kisukuma culture, and experience at least on of Tanzania’s world famous national parks.

Program Dates (Tentative):

Travel: May 16 to June 8

Pre-departure classes in March and April and daily May 11-15


Mercer On Mission Tanzania 2016 video


Contact Information

For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.