Hosted Programmes

Assessment of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Infrastructure and Transport Sector in Tanzania

This project is being implemented by ESRF in collaboration with Prime Minister Office's Division of Private Sector Development and Investment. The goal is to determine the reasons for slow response by private sector to the PPP process in the transport infrastructure. Its specific objectives are:-

  • To assess the extent to which the current environment supports PPP in transportation infrastructure,
  • To examine the perception of different stakeholders on the concept of PPP in connection with the transportation infrastructure,
  • To identify challenges faced by the private sector in partnering with public sector to invest in transportation infrastructure,
  • To identify challenges faced by the government in engaging the private sector in transportation infrastructure,
  • To draw lessons from other countries on how effective PPP works in transportation infrastructure.

The project actively engages the private and public sectors, including relevant parliamentary committees, as well as government ministries and agencies.

Unlocking the Potential of Micro and Small Businesses' Growth in Tanzania: Is Finance Accessibility the Major Problem? (ACBF, 2014-2015)

This project critically looks at major factors that hinder growth of micro and small businesses growth in Tanzania with a special focus on accessibility of finance and its impact on their graduation to higher levels. It assesses various efforts by the Government of Tanzania, private sector and other development partners in increasing financial access to business owners and determines whether or not the efforts have paid off in terms of enabling growth and expansion of micro and small enterprises.

Effective management of the development and extraction of natural gas in Tanzania for a sustainable and inclusive socio-economic impact.

The overarching goal of this study is to generate a dataset and knowledgebase to be used to monitor and evaluate the socio-economic impacts related to the development and extraction of natural gas in Tanzania as a recent entrant in the sector. The main focus of the project is to examine the socio-economic inclusiveness and sustainability of the natural gas sub-sector and foster an understanding of the related benefits and costs in connection with the roles and expectations of stakeholders.

Development of Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 (THDR 2014).

This project aims at producing periodic Tanzania Human Development Reports which is an advocacy tool to influence policy options/decisions and change. In this regard, in March 2014, the foundation in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 with a theme of “Economic Transformation for Human Development”. In addition, the foundation produced 10 background papers which fed into the preparation of THDR 2014.

"Macro-economic modelling of the impact of natural gas on economic transformation"

The study will update the existing mode by factoring in the effects of revenue and value addition and trade on natural gas. The model will provide some policy recommendations on aspects such as minimizing the impacts of “Dutch disease” and maximizing local content sectoral linkages.

"Assessment of the implementation of Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs); Empowerment of Women in Agriculture in Tanzania".

The main objective of this study is to inform both developed and developing countries in the world about the implementation status and commitments made in the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action.

Promoting agriculture, climate and trade linkages in East African Community (EAC).

This study aimed at filling the existing current knowledge gaps related to the linkages of three variables namely trade, climate change and food security. The study is being conducted so as to promote effective policy creation in the East African countries as well as EAC secretariat.

Assessment of Performance and Utilization of Biogas Renewable Energy in Tanzania

The aim of this study was to analyze policy, environmental, economic and social factors affecting the usage of biogas technology in the country with a special focus on domestic biogas digesters for cooking and lighting and power for grid electrification. The study was motivated by failure of previous efforts of the government through the Tanzania Domestic Biogas Program to promote and expand usage of biogas technology in the country consequently, limiting the development of the technology. Information used in the study was gathered from biogas energy suppliers, users and key government officials in the renewable energy sub-sector.

A study on "Efficiency and Effectiveness of Decentralization and Local Government Capital Development Grant Systems (LGCDG) in Tanzania"

The study assesses long-term trends and impact of the LGCDG in the implementation of development projects especially those related to current initiatives such as Big Result Now, implementation of Five Years Development Plans, Mkukuta etc. In particular, the study focuses on the interactions between the local government governance systems and modalities under D by D as well as the LGCDG amid the implementation of programs in Big Results Now.


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)