REPOA’s 17th Annual Research Workshop

Duration: Mar 28, 2012 - Mar 29, 2012

Location / Venue: White Sands Hotel

‘Socioeconomic Transformation for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania’


To access the papers and presentations presented at the workshop, please click here.


REPOA's Annual Research Workshop continues to be the largest and longest running annual event hosted by a Tanzanian research institute. The objectives of the event are to disseminate research findings as a contribution towards policymaking, to provide peer review as capacity building for researchers and to provide a networking forum for debate and dialogue among stakeholders.

This year, REPOA celebrated its 17thAnnual Research Workshop (ARW) on March 28th– 29th  at White Sands Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The theme was 'Socioeconomic Transformation for Poverty Reduction'.

The growth experience in Tanzania in the last decade has shown that growth of the economy has been associated with too modest a reduction in poverty.  However, recent development experience in several developing countries has shown that it has been possible for several developing countries to transform their economies and reduce poverty levels substantially.

The 17th Annual Research Workshop organised by REPOA  sought to determine what lessons can be drawn from these experiences with a specific focus on socioeconomic transformation for more rapid poverty reduction, addressing the roles of the state, private sector, and communities.

As in previous years, the workshop was kicked off with a number of speeches, these included:

  • Opening remarks by REPOA’s Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Esther Mwaikambo; 
  • A speech by REPOA’s Executive Director, Professor Samuel Wangwe; and
  • A statement by H.E. Dr. Ad Koekkoek, Ambassador for Netherlands.

The Opening address was presented by H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, who was the guest of honor at the event.

In his address, the President underscored the importance of poverty reduction in the Tanzanian Government’s (GOT) agenda.  He highlighted the efforts of the GOT in instituting and implementing policies and programmes aimed at stimulating growth and reducing poverty,  more recently with the Tanzania Development Vision 2025, MKUKUTA and the Five Year Development Plan 2010-2015.

The President went on to note that despite economic growth rates of 7% per year from 2000-2011, the rate of poverty reduction has remained low, and expressed the hope that the Annual Research Workshop would provide some answers as to why that is the case. He underscored the significance of transforming the agricultural sector with 80% of Tanzanians living in rural areas and depending on agriculture as high economic growth sectors such as telecommunications are not directly benefiting the majority of the people.  

He went on to state that socioeconomic transformation should also address urban migration and unemployment, as well as employment in the informal sector, mining, tourism and all other key sectors such as manufacturing - an integral part of industrial transformation.

President Kikwete concluded by re-emphasizing the government’s commitment towards achieving socioeconomic transformation and commending REPOA for the work done towards achieving this common goal; encouraging participants to critically assess the associated constraints and come up with pertinent suggestions on the way forward.

The opening address was followed by a keynote address delivered by Dr. Phillip Mpango, Executive Secretary of the Tanzanian Planning Commission.  The keynote address focused on the Annual Research Workshop’s theme of ‘Socioeconomic Transformation for Poverty Reduction in Tanzania’.

Click  here to watch a video of the keynote address.

This was followed by remarks from two discussants; Prof. Do Duc Dinh, Head of the Developing Economies Study Department at the Institute of World Economy in Vietnam; and Prof. Li Xiaoyun, Dean of the College of Humanities and Development at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China, he is also a Senior Research Associate at China International Poverty Reduction Centre in Beijing; who discussed the issue of socioeconomic transformation in Tanzania in relation to the experiences of their respective countries.

Click here to watch videos of the discussants' remarks.

A paper titled ‘Growth with Equity: Double Click for High Economic Growth and Quick Poverty Reduction’ by Prof. Do Duc Dinh is available here.  

This year, parallel sessions on the first day featured presentations on key policy issues stemming from the theme of ‘Socioeconomic Transformation for Poverty Reduction’.  Six presentations were made within the sub-themes of agricultural and rural transformation, public services delivery reforms, industrialisation, natural resource management, employment and labour market reforms, and foreign direct investment (FDI). 

The workshop continued on the second day with presentations given predominantly by recipients of REPOA research grants. These researchers were given feedback on their projects by participants and by formal technical review teams. REPOA’s Annual Research Workshop plays an important role in the capacity building of these researchers. 

The workshop was concluded with a final plenary session to receive general feedback from participants. The session was led by Prof. Samuel Wangwe with final contributions from Prof. Marc Wuyts on emerging areas for further research.


17th Annual Research Workshop Papers

To access the papers and presentations presented at the workshop, please click here.