The Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and CHADEMA

The Danish Conservative People’s Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) has of March 2013 entered into a new partnership with one of the key opposition parties in Tanzania: Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo (CHADEMA). The project seeks to enhance Youth and Women participation in the national politics through a strengthening of the women and youth wing of CHADEMA.

Secretary General of CHADEMA Dr. Vincent Mashinhi speaking at the congress of the Danish Conservative People’s Party 2016:

About the Partnership

The overall goal is to enhance Youth and Women participation in the national politics through CHADEMA. More specifically:

  1. To capacitate Women and Youths Leaders on policy and leadership skills and to streamline BAWACHA (Women wing) and BAVICHA (Youth wing) organizational structures from the grassroots.
  2.  To increase the number of Women and Youths in the 2014 local government elections and 2015 general elections.
  3. To improve party policy advocacy in the grassroots

The project was launched in March, when Rolf Aagaard-Svendsen (member of the CPP, the board of DIPD and former Mayor) and Helle Sjelle (former MP for the CPP) visited Tanzania. See the launch here (in Swahili).


Project activities will focus on training and dialogue . The first phase will be to develop training programs and training materials. This will be done in close cooperation between the Danish Conservative People’s Party (CPP) and CHADEMA, including BAVICHA and BAWACHA.

In close cooperation with CHADEMA’s education and organization department trainers from CPP will participate in train the trainer courses in Tanzania.

The training for Women and Youth Leaders will be designed to equip them with leadership skills, knowledge about party constitution and its structures, philosophy, ideology, policies as well as electoral processes in Tanzania and campaigning strategies.

In order to prepare for the next elections and to improve policy development on a local level there will be a visit from Tanzania to the Danish local elections, and volunteers from CPP will go to Tanzania to participate in regional dialogue meetings.

In order to improve the membership data bases of BAVICHA and BAWACHA administrative support to zonal offices in Tanzania will be provided.

Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo (CHADEMA)

The Chama Cha Demokrasia Na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) (the Party for Democracy and Development) was formed in 1992 following the re-introduction of Multiparty system in Tanzania, and is today the largest opposition party in the country. The ideology of CHADEMA is mainly focused on:

  • A free market economy, with government interference where needed (for example in specific sectors).
  • Improvement of individual authority (rights for every individual to own property and land).
  • Family ethics (family as a cornerstone of society).
  • Accountability and transparency of political parties.

Protection of natural resources and giving benefits of those resources to the people.

The Conservative People’s Party in Denmark (Det Konservative Folkeparti)

Formed in 1915 on a conservative ideology. The party has 8 of 179 seats in the Danish Parliament and is currently in opposition along with their previous government partner, the Liberal Party (Venstre). The party is built on a strong belief in the virtues of the free market, and with the traditional focus on social responsibility and conservatism in cultural areas.

Project overview

Applicant: The Danish Conservative People’s Party

Title: Empowering women and youth towards multiparty democracy in Tanzania

Partner: Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA)

Country: Tanzania

Period: March to December 2013

More information

Tanzania: Country Profile

The Conservative People’s Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti)

Contact Project Manager for the Conservative People’s Party, Rolf Aagaard-Svendsen, at