Governance and Capacity Building

The Governance and Capacity Building Unit was established in 2000 (then Capacity Building Unit) and was developed to ensure Tanzania is a country with economic and social policies that are delivering development needs of a society and that the government, CSOs, NGO community, academic institutions, private sector and donors are effectively participating in shaping, implementing and evaluating those policies.

ESRF’s approach to achieve this is through enhancing both the strength of institutions and that of human capacity. The Unit coordinates efforts that involve training, information/ knowledge dissemination seminars/ workshops, networking and facilitation of field/ work attachments. The main objective of this is to equip policy analysts and decision makers with analytical tools that allow them to advise senior policy makers on the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policy packages and to effectively communicate with other stakeholders.

To further economic and social policy analysis, initiatives and approaches under the Unit include: joint research and short-term assignments pursued together with public servants and the private sector; work attachments provided for both junior and senior researchers; hosting visiting local and international scholars; and running short courses, trainings and seminars.

Governance and Capacity Building Activities

(i) Policy Dialogue Seminars
These seminars provide a forum for policy actors to influence development policy in Tanzania. They are conducted atleast twice a month. Discussed topics are based on research findings from the Foundation, emerging development issues and themes as suggested by stakeholders.

(ii) Training Programme
The main objectives of this programme is to Impart targeted policy actors with knowledge on contemporary features of government and donor policies for them to understand consequences of these policies to their organizations and or activities. It also aims at providing opportunities for targeted policy actors to discuss and make recommendations to policy makers in Tanzania, within the African region and international whose decision have a bearing on different aspects of the livelihoods of Tanzanians. The Programme employs an approach in which individual training activities are designed in response to training needs assessments.

Past trainees have been exposed to new policy concepts such as Sector Wide Approaches; Public Expenditure Reviews and Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks Enable policy actors. In perspective, ESRF will cover not only Tanzanian issues, but create a comparative framework for the whole area of the Eastern and Southern Africa, where the need for such activities obviously exists.

(iii) Mentoring
This is done through visiting fellowship and attachment programmes to allow individuals to familiarize with research techniques relevant to economic and social policy analysis. Postgraduate and undergraduate students from reputable international and local universities and institutions have benefited from this programme. The Programme offers visiting fellowships, senior officials from government, private sector and non governmental organizations with tools and techniques for effective economic and social policy analysis. Beneficiaries of the Mentoring Programme include those from the Ministry of Planning, Economy and Empowerment, Ministry of Finance and other Government Departments.

(iv) Technical and Consultancy Services
The Technical and Consultancy Services involves providing direct inputs to policy formulation, implementation and review, via task forces and through sector and project based consultancies. Such work has been carried out for several Government Ministries and donors in Tanzania; the World Bank; Secretariat of the East African Community, and a considerable number of International and local non governmental organizations as well as private sector organizations inside and outside Tanzania.

GCBU Achievements
We may not be able to measure major impact or changes in the existing policies but based on Evaluations forms that are filled at any training or seminar dialogue, many of the stakeholders have appreciated being given a common ground for development partners, policy makers, private sector, researchers, civil society, policy analysts, academicians and other stakeholders to discuss on key policy and development issues.

  • A database of Reports from Policy dialogue seminars and other workshops which are shared with relevant stakeholders,
  • Publications of various Policy Analysis Training Manuals,
  • Policy briefs based on Policy dialogues,
  • Various Policy Position Papers and Research reports of Visiting Fellows,
  • Database of trainees on various trainings.

The CBU Strategy

  • Use of collaboration, partnerships and networks local, regional and international to deliver our programmes,
  • Consolidation
  • Reaching out by offering out of Dar es Salaam workshops, conferences, briefings, and short courses with various sets of stakeholders in the national and international policy community.

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ESRFs activities are supported by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)