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Practising What You Preach – The Value of the Visionary Leader, His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa

In the beginning when the Mkapa Foundation started in 2006, The Late Benjamin William Mkapa focused on building strong pillar of good governance, which ensured structure and processes for decision making, accountability, control and behaviour at the top of the Foundation is in place, to influence setting up and achieving  the Institutional objectives,  monitor risk and ensure performance is optimised.

The BMF Settlor (centre) with the first Chair of Board of Trustees, Dr. Hussein Ali Hassan Mwinyi (left) and other Board Members

The governance systems and structure of the Institution ensured his vision is realised and it also sustained efforts in reaching the underserved.

Through his visionary and patriotic leadership principles and philosophy, the Settlor of the Foundation, His Excellency Mkapa played an active oversight role in a “eyes on, hands off” leadership style. He was supported by the appointed multi-disciplinary and experienced Board of Trustees, during different tenures, as defined in the Institutional legal frameworks.

The BMF Settlor with the Chair of the first Board of Trustees Hon. Dr. Hussein Ali Hassan Mwinyi

The first Chair of the Board of Trustees was Hon. Dr. Hussein Ali Hassan Mwinyi who led for two terms, followed by Major General Herman Lupogo (Late), Ambassador Charles Sanga and now the current chair of the Board is Dr. Adeline Kimambo.

The Governance function ensured Mkapa Foundation’s stakeholders’ confidence is preserved and strengthened, high Institutional performance and it has appropriately placed the Foundation to respond to the changing external environment efficiently and effectively.

His Dedication and Oversight has driven the Foundation into being a strategic and trusted local institution that ensured resilient, alignment and integration of its programs, for Institutional continuous growth and sustainability.

The BMF Settlor (Centre) with the Third and Fourth Board of Trustees Chaired by Ambassador Charles Sanga (right) and Dr. Adeline Kimambo (left) respectively.

That’s why, in 14 years since its inception, The Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation has reached million Tanzanians through its various initiatives that focus on strengthening the health systems and service delivery.

It thus gives us enough reason to celebrate his life, as his legacy on the bringing Hope to the underserved people will live on.

The BMF team promises and remain committed to keep his vision alive with every step we take for a better future.

The BMF Settlor (Centre) with the Fourth Board of Trustees Chaired by Dr. Adeline Kimambo (Left) .

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The Late Benjamin Mkapa Spearheaded Partnerships for Results

The Late Benjamin Mkapa
Spearheaded Partnerships for Results

Late His Excellency Mkapa personal attributes and values were anchored upon
partnerships for big results, and this was notable through the Mkapa Foundation
Partnership with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania. Until 2020,
the Foundation has been guided by its 3rd Strategic Business Plan (July 2019-
June 2024), which was designed to respond to the Government national strategic
plans and priorities.

The BMF Settlor with Honorable Ummy Mwalimu during the Handing Over Ceremony of 50 health workers houses constructed by BMF.

a strong believer of Private sector Partnership, His Excellency Mkapa applauded
and promoted the BMF partnership with the Corporate sector in Tanzania which
began in year 2012. This was an effort to increase more local ownership,
private sector investing on the well-being of communities as part of their
corporate social responsibilities of which remarkable milestones were registered
by having more than 1 billion Tanzanian Shillings donated to the Foundation by
the Private Sector, thus leading to 11 operating theatres being constructed and
equipped, within the rural primary health care facilities which saved lives of
hundreds of pregnant women, children and men in need of surgical services.

The BMF Settlor and Ambassor Masaharu Yoshida cutting a ribbon to inaugurate the newly constructed obstetric theater in a ceremony held on 8th July 2017 in Itilima Simiyu. Standing with them is Honorable Ummy Mwalimu

Excellency Mkapa cherished the mutual partnership built between the Foundation
and the development partners that had simply began with the trust bestowed upon
him by the Norway Government and his comrade friend President Clinton that led
to establishment and supporting the first BMF’s parent initiative- the Mkapa
Fellows Program.  With time new financing
partners joined into the stimulating journey of bringing HOPE to million other
people through the innovative and impactful health programs. We thank our
funding partners Norway Government, Government of Ireland, USAID, Abbott Fund,
Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, UK Aid-DFID, UNICEF, UNFPA,
UNAIDs, Comic Relief and others.

The BMF Settlor with the Norway Ambassador to Tanzania H.E Ingunn Klepsvik in 2011.
The BMF Settlor with the former Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Tanzania Fionnuala Gilsenan
The BMF Settlor with the Ambassador of the United States of America to Tanzania as the BMF 3rd Board of Trustees Chair and CEO look on during a stakeholders meeting in 2017.
The BMF Settlor with the Former President of United States of America Bill Clinton during the launch of the Benjamin William Mkapa Foundation, July 2005

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together” – this has been a catalytic aspect to the Mkapa Foundation and his visionary leader the late Mkapa. We have kept on walking with local and international organizations by complementing each other, thus designing new programs, effectively implementing them and changing lives of many especially in rural areas of Tanzania. It has been our practice to evaluate our performance through stakeholders’ engagement, every after two years which was graced by the presence of guest of honor as well as the Settlor of the Foundation Excellency Mkapa.

BMF Settlor with Mr. Mohammed Dewji during the launch of the change of name from BMAF to BMF in April 2006
The BMF Settlor handing over a brief copy of the New Strategic Business Plan to Amref Tanzania CEO Dr. Florence Temu during the Health Symposium event in October 2019.

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