REPOA was formed in 1994 in Tanzania with the mandate to contribute to the alleviation of poverty in its multiple dimensions through research and capacity building. Over time, REPOA’s mandate has expanded beyond alleviating poverty to encompass growth and socio-economic transformation for poverty reduction.


The experience from implementation of the 2010 - 2014 strategic plan, the as well as recent developments and concerns in national, regional and global economies have informed the development of REPOA’s new five-year strategic plan for 2015-2019. REPOA continues to focus on socio-economic transformation for poverty reduction through inclusive development.

Our Vision
To be a leading research institution in the production of knowledge that will contribute to improving the lives of people in Tanzania.

Our Mission
To facilitate and undertake research, training and outreach.

During the next five years, REPOA will:
I. Strengthen the capacity of the intellectual resource (producers and users of knowledge)
II. Undertake, facilitate and encourage strategic research to influence policy
III. Facilitate and inspire stakeholders to utilize research findings

Outcome areas
REPOA will deliver its program under four strategic outcome areas:
1. Knowledge for better policy results generated
2. Knowledge is shared, disseminated and utilized
3. Capacity of researchers and research users enhanced
4. Programs are efficiently and effectively delivered

Core Values
Quality: Quality will be demonstrated in all REPOA activities. Well-considered methodologies will be applied in our work to ensure rigour and excellence. We will communicate clearly and creatively to connect with our diverse audiences.

Integrity: REPOA conducts its business transparently. Employees and associates shall not engage in activities which could cause conflict of interest. All business chains at REPOA shall be conducted in a manner that minimizes risk and maintains the good reputation of the organization and its stakeholders.

Inclusiveness: REPOA values contributions from all people and shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religious background, or political or other affiliations or views.

Accountability: All employees and associates at REPOA shall expressly demonstrate commitment to the mission and objectives of the organization. REPOA promotes teamwork in our day-to-day activities but encourages individual responsibility and accountability for activities for which employees and associates are directly responsible.

Innovation: REPOA recognizes that for continuous improvement innovation is essential. All employees and associates shall exercise their optimal intellectual capabilities to learn and improve the ways things are done. REPOA shall provide space and opportunities for all to apply innovative solutions to fulfill our mission in the most efficient and effective ways.

Our primary sources of funding are from Development Partners, collaborative projects and commissioned work from local and international organizations. REPOA also receives funding from the Think Tank Initiative that is administered by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.


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