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I first visited Tanzania in 1964, volunteering for Nyerere's African socialism. It didn't work. In 2005 the country is still poor, but starting to grow. Is a dose of debt relief and more aid what it now needs?

By Jonathan Power   July 2005

I shook Tanzania’s dust off my feet 20 years ago and looked back only in anguish. I first arrived in this former colony—a place the British never put their heart into—in 1964, just after independence. I was one of the first contingent of volunteers who lived out in the bush and happily did what we could for the new African socialism of Julius Nyerere. Later, I interviewed Nyerere many times, both for television documentaries and the International Herald Tribune. The last time I saw him in 1979, we had sat outside his house on the Indian ocean, both of us…

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