Under this programme, sometimes in partnership with local or international research institutions, develops research proposals and implements them. We appreciate the synergies achieved from collaboration with other research institutions, as well as the mutual learning opportunities and sharing of ideas for the researchers involved in the project. Below are details of some of our research activities.
The Afrobarometer survey seeks citizens' opinions on the way their countries are managed economically, politically and socially. This is a regional survey, currently involving 20 countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Prior surveys were held in Tanzania in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
The questionnaire is standardised across the countries participating in the surveys, with subjects covering: democracy, rule of law, politics, corruption, management of the economy, service provision, governance, citizens' trust in the leadership and institutions of governance, and livelihood.
Further information can be obtained from: http://www.afrobarometer.org/
Key findings from the 2008 survey for Tanzania are available here.
Publications from this survey are:
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 67, April 2009 - Citizens' Views on Crime in Tanzania
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 54, March 2009 - Citizens' Views on the East African Federation: A Tanzanian Perspective
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 59, March 2009 - Tanzanians and Their National Parliament: What the People Expect of Members of Parliament (MPs), and What They Perceive Their MPs are Delivering
Publications from the prior survey conducted in 2005:
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 33, April 2006 - Combating Corruption in Tanzania: Perception and Experience
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 34, April 2006 - Delivery of Social Services on Mainland Tanzania: Are People Satisfied?
- Afrobarometer Briefing Paper 36, June 2006 - Despite Economic Growth, Tanzanians Still Dissatisfied
VIEW THEM ALL HERE: http://www.repoa.or.tz/index.php/publications/category/briefs_from_afrobarometer/
Children's Research Programme
This programme focuses on children's rights, with the aim to improve children's lives in Tanzania through the use of research to influence policy. The objectives are:
Generate high quality research about children which can influence relevant policy processes in Tanzania.
Strengthen capacity to research for and with children, through support to targeted capacity building initiatives.
Brief 5 "Children Participating in Research" provides information on key considerations when doing research with children.
Special Paper 07.25 “Children and Vulnerability in Tanzania: A Brief Synthesis” and Brief 9 “Children and Vulnerability in Tanzania: A Brief Overview”. are two publications that highlight key issues of children and vulnerability in Tanzania.
Printed copies are available from REPOA.
"Tanzanian Children's Perceptions of Education and their Role in Society. Views of the Children 2007" documents Tanzanian children's opinions on issues relating to education, their role in society, their desire for and access to information, the formal and informal ways they are listened to, and their aspirations for the future.
This research programme commenced in January 2004, with phase two commencing in 2007. UNICEF contributes to the funding of this programme.
Through the Children’s Research Programme REPOA is a member of the Child Rights Curriculum Development Advisory Committee. This is an initiative coordinated by the Child Rights Education for Professionals (CRED-PRO) and MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation, Arusha, and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. This initiative aims at developing a child rights training curriculum for professionals working with young children in Tanzania.
A study titled ‘Mapping Vulnerabilities of adolescent girls Dar es Salaam’ was commissioned to TAMASHA VIJANA and Tanzania Development Research Group (TADREG) through REPOA/JLICA collaboration. Through training and working with young local researchers using participatory methods the study dug beneath the surface of ‘accepted wisdom’ about risk and vulnerability by encouraging girls to speak for themselves to their peers. Among the keys issues that emerged from the meeting was the need to look far beyond the basic ABC strategy in HIV/AIDS prevention.
Elites, Productivity, and Poverty Research Programme
This is a comparative study of five countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. The objective of this study is to explore why and how the elite in Tanzania influence productive sector initiatives. The Danish Institute of International Studies and the Department of Political Science University of Dar es Salaam are the partners.
Further information can be obtained from http://www.diis.dk/epp
Tracking Development Research Project
REPOA is the Tanzanian partner of a five year research programme involving four African and four Asian countries. The programme, the first of its kind, is primarily focussed on making comparative historical studies of political systems in relation to development performance.
The reason for this study is to seek answers to the question of why Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa have diverged so sharply in development performance during the last 50 years. Put simply, why are there the so-called 'Asian Tigers', yet no 'African lions' - why has rapid economic development been possible in Asia, but not in Africa?
The research will be conducted in the following countries, which have been paired due to their politically historical similarities: Vietnam and Tanzania, Indonesia and Nigeria, Malaysia and Kenya, and Cambodia and Uganda.
As part of the research programme, one student from each country will be supported to study for a PhD. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands is funding this programme. Further information can be obtained from the website for the Tracking Development Project.