Name: Mr. Danford Sango

Title: Head of Governance and Capacity Building

Mr. Danford Sango is a Development Economist with over fifteen (15) years of working experience in policy research, capacity development and program management. His major area of research interest lies on the analysis of public policies for economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

He has a progressive career history in two premier Policy Research Think Tanks in Tanzania. Before joining the ESRF, Mr. Sango worked for Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) as a Researcher from June 2004 to February 2012 (8 years). He left REPOA and joined the ESRF in June 2012 at a position of Senior Research Fellow, the work he has been doing to date.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Sokoine University of Agriculture (2003), and Post Graduate Diploma in Poverty Analysis for Social Economic Security and Development from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam – Netherlands (2007).

Some of the key assignments undertaken by Mr. Sango in his career history include coordination and directing research teams and processes in the production of national human development reports. These include Poverty and Human Development Reports (PHDRs) namely PHDR 2005, PHDR 2007, PHDR 2009 and PHDR 2011. The candidate has also worked as the research director and coordinator in the production of Tanzania Human Development Reports (THDRs) namely THDR 2014, THDR 2017 and their background papers.

At his current capacity as the Head of Governance and Capacity Development Department (since July 2017), Mr. Sango is taking leadership and program management function at ESRF. Some of these functions include managing and facilitating policy dialogues, research conferences, short term training courses and other forms of policy engagements.