REPOA’s 19th Annual Research Workshop

Duration: Apr 09, 2014 - Apr 10, 2014

Location / Venue: Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach Hotel, Dar es Salaam

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This year’s Annual Research Workshop (ARW) theme was Transformation, Job creation and Poverty Eradication: Enterprise Development for more inclusive growth.The event was featured by a keynote presentation by Prof. Keijiro Otsuka and Dr. Tetsushi Sonobe, from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, followed by parallel sessions with different papers on Entreprise Development, agricultural & Rural Transformation, and Technology, Innovation & Access to Resources.

Objective of the workshop
To address the deficit in productive employment and low productivity among the majority of Tanzanians working in low productivity agriculture and informal economic activities and to identify options for managing the enterprise transformation process.  The transformation process entails the transition from low productivity to high productivity and dynamic enterprises. 

Specific objectives of the workshop are:

i. To explore the challenges of enterprise development in non-farm activities in bringing about transformation of the rural economy with special attention to facilitating the process of moving up the value chains in the rural economy. 

ii. To examine how the majority of non-agriculture employment  found in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can be transformed into more dynamic enterprises which are more productive, capable of creating more decent jobs and more competitive. 

iii. To explore the linkages between informal and formal enterprises in the context of understanding the nature of the production system through which they are linked based on the allocation of authority (over the work situation and the outcome of work done) and economic risk between the informal and formal firms.

iv. To explore how key actors in the government raise their level of awareness of   the potential and importance of the economic activities of small-scale enterprises and how the relevant public institutions can reach out to informal businesses, better understand their diversity and challenges and help them to participate more effectively in the growth and development process?

v. To explore the nature of  political dynamics that influence MSMEs organization and other means of  collective action that  facilitate voice through policy dialogue, facilitate formalization, contribute to reducing risk and uncertainty in their operations and facilitate access to public support services

vi. To explore how gains from exploitation of oil and gas can contribute to transformation of enterprise development and facilitate productivity enhancement and more even distribution of productivity gains realise more inclusive growth.

vii. To enhance understanding of the changes which have occurred in recent years in the rural economy and their potential for future development (e.g. the rapid expansion of trade in foodstuffs, the spread of mobile phones, new transport modes such as the “bodaboda”, the growth of cross-border trade in food items) and to explore options for building on these successes..

viii. The capacity of small-farmers to introduce new crops has always been a feature of Tanzanian agriculture, typically through spontaneous spread.

ix. What can be done to more effectively support this potential? How can new seeds and new crops be better promoted? In recent years, access to seeds has largely been through the private sector. Is that sufficient to promote the desired rate of technical progress or does it needs to be supplemented by public sector and co-operative efforts?

Below are Policy papers which were presented at the workshop. For those available you can click on the tittle to download.


Cluster-Based Industrial Development: KAIZEN Management for MSE Growth



Entreprise Development           

1.  Between Resilience and Vulnerability:  Understanding Africa’s Informal Economy in the Positive by Kate Meagher

2.      Promoting Micro and Small Enterprises for Inclusive Development:  Managing the Transition from Informal to Formal Enterprises by Prof. Samuel Wangwe & Dr. Donald Mmari

3.      Inclusive Growth and Economic Structural Transformation in Tanzania: Designing an Industrial Policy to Overcome Informality in Political and Economic Markets by Mr. Haili Heikki

4.    Structural Barriers, Constraints, and  Urban Youth Unemployment: The Case of Ilala Municipality, Dar-es-Salaam by Dr. Chris Awinia  

5       Financial Sustainability of Tanzanian Saving and Credit Cooperatives. PhD Paper by Mr. Nyankomo Marwa

6.       How Entrepreneurship can Ameliorate the Poverty of Poor Rural Women by Dr. Lucy Boniface Ssendi

7.       Private Public Partnership  in Tanzania with special reference to SMEs by Prof. Wangwe, Mr. Goodwill Wanga & Johansein Rutaihwa

8.       Lessons & Experiences of SIDO in Promoting  Entreprise Development and Transformation in Tanzania by Mr. Omary Bakari

9.       Paper on the access conditions and financial barriers faced by SMEs in Tanzania by Mr. Peter Kingu


Agricultural & Rural Transformation

1.       Transformation, Job Creation and Poverty Eradication by Dr. Parseko Kone

2.       Strategic Research on the What Is Needed For   Tanzania to Transform Its Rural Sector for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction by Prof. Haidari KR Amani lace    

3.       Small and Large scale Agriculture:  Contrasting Contributions to Economic Development in Tanzania by Andrew Coulson

4.       Impacts of Microfinance on Livelihoods and Environmental Conservation in Tanzania: The Case of Uluguru Mountains by Mr. Nicholaus Musimu Kuboja, Mr Vincent Gerald Vyamana & Mr. Alex Songorwa

5.       Nature of Urban Youth Unemployment in Tanzania: Challenges and Consequences  by Mr. Simon Peter

6.       Labour Productivity and Real Wages in Tanzania: How do they link?  By Prof. Rizwanul Islam, Dr. Abel Kinyondo & Mr. Joseph Nganga

7.       Opportunities and Challenges for Tanzania’s Agriculture in Contributing to Economic Transformation and Job Creation by Prof. David Nyange 

8.       Bringing out the Role of Cooperatives: The Role of Co-operatives in Economic Transformation, Job Creation and Poverty Eradication in Tanzania by Prof. Suleman A. Chambo

9.       Anomalies, Opportunities and Constraints for Rural Transformation In Tanzania:   Evidence From Mwanga District to Kirya Ward and Villages by Prof. Adolfo  Mascarenhas


Technology, Innovation & Access to Resources

1.       What can African Countries do to attract more private equity to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)?:  Relevance for Tanzania by Dr. Frannie Leautier

2.       DSE’s  EGM as a Vehicle for Creating Capital Formation and Inclusive Development by  Mr. Marwa Moremi

3.       Does Microcredit Make any Difference on Borrowers’ Businesses? Evidences from a Survey of Women Owned Microenterprises in Tanzania (International Journal of Social Sciences and Entrepreneurship Vol.1, Issue 9, 2014  ) PhD Paper by Mr. Paul Salia

4.     Frugal Innovation and its Potential for Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth by Prof. dr. Cees van Beers & Dr.  André Leliveld ES

5.     Growth and Poverty in Tanzania: A need for Structural Transformation and the Role of Agro-industrial Innovation Systems by Dr. Bitrina Diyamett

6.      Mobile Phones and Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) Performance and Transformation in Dodoma, Tanzania by Dr. Veluchamy Venkatakrishnan

7.     Towards a Pro-poor, Pro-employment Development Strategy: Using Labour Based Technology for Social Infrastructure Creation by Dr. Theodore R. Valentine &  Mr. Joseph Nganga

8.    Paper on TIC initiatives and experiences in Promoting SMEs Investments by Mr. Patrick E. Chove

9.      Reflection on the 50 Years of Working in Eact Africa – By Prof. Brian Van Arkadie

10.   The Initiatives by TIB in Development of SME’s by Mr. Peter Noni


To read a full concept note for the 19th ARW kindly download the below attachment.