A rapid assessment of potential in Mtwara, Tanzania
In early 2008, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) sponsored a workshop in Tanzania to discuss the potential of formal and informal apprenticeships with the Government, workers’ and employers’ associations, and academic and development agencies. The debate confirmed the importance of apprenticeships in training young people, yet the knowledge about how to effectively strengthen apprenticeship systems were not fully understood. This led to an empirical study of more than 600 master crafts-persons and apprentices in the Lindi and Mtwara regions, Understanding Informal Apprenticeship in Tanzania (2009). Six skill areas were researched: car mechanics, electricians, carpentry/joinery, local arts, plumbing and tailoring. The selection of skill areas was based on their growth and labour absorbing potential for these two regions. The findings of this study highlighted the relatively high status of electricians, the required formal certification, and the benefits of informal apprenticeships that provide the basis for eventual self-employment. However, the constraints to expanding the numbers and levels of qualified electricians were not well understood.
This paper explores the processes of economic change in rural Tanzania. It investigates some of the factors that have contributed to the adoption of innovations in economic practice in Ulanga District, Morogoro Region, since the 1990s.1 Understanding the factors which contribute to innovation is important for understanding how actual change occurs in rural areas. It […]
In addressing generalized poverty, social protection strategies have taken a promotive approach whereby strategies are extended to arenas such as strengthening the production capabilities of the poor. This approach emphasizes the design of public actions for helping people to manage risk and adversity, but also contributes to larger policy objectives of economic growth and poverty […]
In Quest of Inclusive Growth: Exploring the Nexus between Economic Growth, Employment, and Poverty in Tanzania
Tanzania’s impressive economic growth during the past decade has not resulted in significant poverty reduction. It is in that context that this study seeks to analyze the nexus between economic growth, employment, and poverty in a manner that contributes to the understanding of how the rate poverty reduction can be accelerated
Natural gas, like many other natural endowments, is a finite resource. Its consumption today is a subtraction from, and detrimental to, the resources of future generations. Therefore, the extraction of finite resources must be based on, and guided by, broad and long-term considerations instead of being limited to immediate and short-term proceeds and benefits. Put […]