Strategic Research

Strategic Research Department (SRD) undertakes policy research and analysis to increase stakeholders’ knowledge through generation of research evidence, which forms a major input to economic, social and other policy making processes in the country. As a SRPD has been planning and implementing both demand and supply driven research intended to respond to the socio economic changes above and advance knowledge in key areas of national, regional or global importance.

ESRF research agenda is therefore shaped by the evolving economic policies, the dynamics of political governance and the emerging social economic challenges emanating from the changing economic environment in Tanzania, the EAC, and worldwide. ESRF strategic research is also dictated by emerging global issues that have increased the need for research-based evidence. The annual work plans for the SRPD are geared towards carrying out rigorous and policy-oriented research that generates new insights and options for promoting policies that facilitate mineral related inclusive growth.

Ongoing Projects

East Africa Youth Inclusion Programme (EAYIP)

ESRF is part of the local implementing partners for this multiyear study (2016-2019) and has already published a numbers of reports that identified and recommended required reforms in national policies, laws and institutions in order to catalyze youth participation and inclusion in economic activities, particularly in agriculture and related value chains. The report was used to prepare numerous types of Policy Briefs targeting policy makers and office bearers at national-level, regional/district and community-level.

Accountability and Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

The programme will generate evidence based research on what works to make anti-corruption efforts real. ACE will identify feasible and high-impact anticorruption strategies, tailored to be effective in specific economic, political and social contexts. ESRF has opted to study the procurement pathways under this assignment.

How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa

The research aims to demonstrate the specific scope for innovative industrial-health collaboration to tackle the emerging crisis of exclusion from cancer care in Tanzania. To demonstrate the benefits for inclusive development of linking local industrial and social innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), by addressing the “hard case” of increasing access to cancer care.

Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade Linkages in the EAC (PACT EAC2)

The PACT EAC2 project, led by CUTS International Geneva in collaboration with CUTS ARC Nairobi, aims to build the capacity of individuals, networks and institutions to identify and promote appropriate policies for climate-aware, trade-oriented, food security enhancing agro-value-addition in the EAC region. ESRF is the implementing partner of this project in Tanzania.

The Potential Impact of Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Tax on Obesity Prevalence in Tanzania

The main aim of the study will be to estimate the potential impact of Sugar- Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) tax on obesity prevalence in Tanzania, using a mathematical simulation model, as well as to estimate the government revenue that this tax may generate.

The State of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Tanzania and Optimal Interventions

The main objective of this study is to assess the current state of NCDs (Diabetes and Cancer), and map the optimal preventive interventions to reduce NCDs prevalence in Tanzania. The team is presently reviewing literature and preparing the reports.

Darubini ya Dira ya Taifa 2025
Country Review Study

ESRF was commissioned by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in 2015 to conduct a Country Review Study. The review is based on a desk study of policies and strategies related to four thematic areas with a view to understanding their adequacy. The thematic areas include: (1) Governance and Justice, (2) Education and Training, (3) Infrastructure Development, and (4) Natural Resource Management. In order to understand how effective they have been implemented and their contributions to desired developmental outcomes, the review process has relied on (a) impact studies undertaken by other stakeholders; and, (b) direct interviews with some key informants in government, private sector, civil society and development partners

Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) Study

The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) was commissioned by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to conduct a Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA) for Tanzania for the year 2015. The core reference period for this year’s CPIA self-assessment is 2014, though pertinent events of 2015 are also covered in the analysis. The 2015 CPIA report for Tanzania is based on the responses collected in questionnaires which were distributed to 64 institutions in the country. The questionnaire was developed by the ACBF to serve as a self evaluation tool for all the member countries participating in the CPIA study. The CPIA self assessment study normally makes an assessment based on the following thematic areas: Economic Management, Structural Policies, Policies for Social Inclusion/Equity, and Governance. The CPIA report describes the progress Tanzania is making in strengthening the quality of its policies and institutions. It presents CPIA scores reflecting the quality of the country’s policy and institutional frameworks across 16 dimensions, grouped into four clusters.

Project Proposal for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Capacity Building in Tanzania

The project proposal is in response to the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)’s call on funding a pilot SME capacity building project in Tanzania based on direct services to the SMEs in the form of subsidized consulting services. The goal is to enhance the productivity of SMEs and profitability, thereby, contributing to their growth and employment creation.

Assessment of Public and Private Partnership (PPP) in Transport Sector in Tanzania: The Way PPP is Understood, Challenges and the Way Forward

The general objective of this project is to determine the reasons for slow response by private sector to partaking in PPP projects in the transportation infrastructure in Tanzania. Its specific objectives include:

  • To assess existing enabling environment to support PPP in transportation infrastructure.
  • To examine the understanding of different stakeholders on the concept of PPP in the transportation infrastructure.
  • To identify challenges faced by the private sector in partnering with the public sector to invest in transportation infrastructure projects using the PPP approach.
  • To identify challenges faced by the government to engage the private sector to invest in transportation infrastructure projects using the PPP approach.
  • To draw lessons from other countries on how effective PPP works in the development of the transportation infrastructure.
From the Bottom: Firm Capabilities and the 'In between Sector'
Independent Partnership on Assessment of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the LDCs (IPOA)

Main Objective

To Inform both developed and developing countries in the world about the implementation status of commitments made in the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA).

The Project started in 2012, Ended 2014

Completed Projects

Fisheries Sub-Sector Value Chain and Policy Analysis Assessment of Public Private partnership (PPP) in Transport Sector in Tanzania
Macro-Modeling of Expected Revenues From Natural Resources in Tanzania
Effective Management of the Development & Extraction of Natural Gas in Tanzania For A Sustainable and Inclusive Socio-Economic Impact
Unlocking the Potential of Micro and Small Businesses Growth in Tanzania
Assessment of Performance and Utilization of Biogas Renewable Energy in Tanzania
Small Holder Farmers Participation in Marketing of Non-Traditional Crops in EAC - Opportunities And Challenges
Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade Linkages in East Africa Community (EAC)
Girl's Economic empowerment: The Best Contraceptive?
Women Empowerment And Investment in Children
Decentralisation by Devolution Implementation in Tanzania: A comprehensive Assessment