This is a Five-year Project (2014-19). The objectives of the programme are to enhance the empirical understanding of key prospects and challenges facing Tanzania as a new petro-state, and to provide contextualised and evidence based policy analysis. Experience from other countries show that extraction of petroleum resources is often followed by lower growth rates, lower levels of human development and more inequality and strife in society, a situation often referred to as the ‘resource curse’ or the ‘paradox of the plenty’. Preventing this from happening is a major task for the Tanzanian government.
A major operational objective of the programme is to build research capacity on natural resource management in Tanzania and to inform policies that can contribute to avoiding a resource curse situation.
The research will document key developments in the Tanzanian institutional and socio-economic landscape that results from the development of a petroleum industry in the country. Analysis will be undertaken on linkages between (a) gas and oil production, investments, local content, industry size, and price levels; (b) trajectories in the wider economy, such as government revenue, public expenditures, and redistribution of wealth; and (c) changes in policy and institutional governing frameworks and public expectations to - and perceptions of - government performance, including trust in key institutions.
The website for this project was launched during the 20th ARW in March, 2015. To get presentations from the workshop click here.
For more details about the project visit the website