These researches aim to generate robust and relevant to improve policy design and implementation, increase accountability and expand the democratic engagement of citizens, all directed towards realizing the ultimate goal of the strategy of enhancing the quality of people’s lives in Tanzania.

Below are some of the research projects and programmes currently in progress under these core and cross-cutting themes:
• Growth and Development
• Social Protection
• Governance


In REPOA’s new strategic plan 2015 – 2019, research projects and related activities will continue to address development questions as implied in various national and international development commitments. Some of these projects are the continuation from 2014 and others will commence at different times during the year.

The activities are clustered around the following thematic areas:

(i) Structural change and dynamics of growth:

(ii) Agriculture and rural Transformation:

(iii) Natural resource and economic development:
(iv) Enterprise development, productive competencies and job creation:

To see the ongoing projects under this department please click here.


Social protection program continues to work towards the effort to remove barriers to opportunity while putting in place effective social policies including social protection floors, gender equality and women’s empowerment; inclusive social protection, as well as promoting voices and active involvement of vulnerable groups in the conservation and sustainable use of, as well as access to and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources. In year 2015, the program will place focus on implementing and finalizing the on-going research alongside a few new projects both under strategic and collaborative/commissioned studies.

Research will particularly implemented through the following themes:

i) Protecting income against impoverishment (Income transfers and consumption smoothing (strategic research)

ii) Preventing capability deprivation (Enhancing human capabilities through social protection)

iii) Pro-poor growth and social protection (Macro dimensions of generalized insecurity)

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At the heart of public sector reforms and development interventions in Tanzania and other countries in the developing south, and of international commitments to development (e.g. the Millennium Development Goals, New Partnership for African Development, Rio+20 etc.) is an aspiration to improve quality of life for everyone and in a sustainable way. Yet, even as progress is being made in various fronts, evaluations of these efforts acknowledge how progress is slow and that quality and sustainability of this progress remains of concern. Quality of governance is increasingly being seen as an explanation of how well governments and their various institutions perform in meeting objectives they have set for themselves, to meet development aspirations, and in delivering public services to their citizens.

Research on Governance and service delivery at REPOA will continue to attempt to respond to the challenges of improving service delivery performance of the public sector through strengthening governance in its various facets, and improving democratic engagement. Research projects in 2015 will be undertaken around four themes: public resource mobilisation and financial governance, economic governance and policy implementation, community development and service delivery, and Governance and Sharing of land based resources. A number of multi year research activities have been brought forward from 2014.

The department will also venture into designing and implementing new collaborative research projects with international research fellows and research associates from within Tanzania.

(i) Public resource mobilisation and financial governance

(ii) Economic governance and policy implementation
(iii) Local governance, community development and service delivery

(iv) Governance and Sharing of land based resources

To see the ongoing projects under this department please click here.

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