Rural Livelihood Development Programme RLDP is the Programme with broad aim to reduce poverty through increase of income and better access to social services in rural areas with the support of the private sector.

The Programme objective being to open up markets for the rural communities and households through the preparation and implementation of relevant projects that utilise market opportunities and remove constraints to market access.

RLDP starts its final four year phase from 1st April, 2012- 31st March, 2016. The Programme will continue focus on the four sub-sector cotton, sunflower, rice and poultry. The main area of thrust is demonstration of results, impacts and replication of our models to wider audiences. While RLDC will continue to follow an M4P approach in implementing its activities, the focus will be adherence to DCED Standards for Results Measurement and reporting.

In 2008, taking into consideration the lessons learned from the market linkage approach, RLDC decided to change the approach from a market linkage to a market development approach. Also known as M4P (Making Markets work for the Poor), this approach changed the role of RLDC from being an implementer to being a market development facilitator. In other words, M4P can help to differentiate between interventions which are simply providing subsidies to private firms (largely for private gains) and those which use firm-level support to stimulate systemic (public) change.

RLDC started to implement interventions in the central corridor of Tanzania covering six regions of Morogoro, Dodoma, Manyara, Singida, Tabora and Shinyanga. The interventions aimed at addressing the mis-match between demand and supply between small producers and medium and large scale processors using the Market linkage approach. The approach consisted encouraging private companies to come with ideas to further develop their business and elaborate kinds of business plan proposal. Around the end of this phase I (2005-2008) it was realized that it would be better to support well established organisations to play the role of market linkage and RLDC would be belter placed as facilitator of market development. With this approach RLDC reached over 23’000 households in the central corridor with these households doubling their income compared to the time prior to the interventions.

The Government of Switzerland through its agency for development corporation (SDC) mandated two Swiss NGOs Intercooperation (now Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation) and Swisscontact for facilitation of Programme implementation.
The two Swiss NGOs formed a consortium and registered a local not for profit company named Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC) as a vehicle to implement Rural Livelihood Development Program. The company was registered in 2005 and started work in the same year.

This Programme is implemented in pursuance and in application of the Agreement on Technical and Scientific Co-operation between the Government of Switzerland and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, signed on October 21st, 1966, the Parties of this Agreement.