Posted: Wednesday August 31, 2011 5:58 AM BT

28th August 2011 - LACK of comprehensive plans have been cited among constraints to implementation of various policies for poverty reduction.

Speaking during the 6th graduation ceremony of the Tanzania Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Poverty Analysis held in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, the Vice-Chancellor of the Open University of Tanzania, Prof Tolly Mbwette, said poverty reduction was not only a matter of having good policies.

He said the timely formulation of more co-ordinated plans for policy implementation was an important bridge to cross, so that the poor could capture the full benefits of their activities under the current planning framework and reforms.

"It should be realized that poverty reduction is not only a matter of having good policies...the policies are necessary but not a sufficient condition for development," he said.

He said the ongoing energy problem within the country as a new barrier towards efforts in poverty reduction and asked for immediately measures to be taken to end the crisis.

He asked the graduates in poverty analysis programme to collaborate with the government and use their skills to combat poverty to improve the living conditions of the normal citizens.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has extended its support towards the offering of the PGD programme for four years up to 2015.

In his statement, the UNDP Country Director, Mr Phillippe Poinsot, said that the extension aims at imparting more Tanzanians with the investigative skills and capabilities in analyzing poverty within the country.

The Executive Director of Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Prof Samuel Wangwe, said that his organisation would continue to join efforts in poverty reduction through developing the national capacity in poverty analysis.

He said researches were very important in analyzing poverty within the country and that they would continue to carry out studies so as to come out with strategies on how poverty could be reduced.

The Executive Director of Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Dr Bohela Lunogelo, said that the contribution of the citizens should not be ignored in the efforts of poverty reduction.

He said most of the development activities have been left to be performed by the government and that there was no mobilization and involvement of the society in development activities.

This year 28 civil servants have graduated in the Programme which is jointly delivered and managed by the three Institutions: ESRF, REPOA and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) based in Netherlands and approved by the Higher Education Accreditation Council of Tanzania.

The Programme is being supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Joint Programme on Capacity Strengthening for Development Management (JP4).


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