Governance and Capacity Development


The capacity development role is implemented under the Governance and Capacity Development Department within the Economic and Social Research Foundation’s (ESRF) organization structure. Facilitation of capacity development for government and other stakeholders of economic and social development include the development of human capital plus institutional capacities. The process of capacity development is achieved in line with national and international development frameworks such as Tanzania Development Vision (TDV 2025), The Five Year Development Plan (FYDP II), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063. Capacity development also includes the aspect of good governance which has increasingly gained the attention and debates on economic growth and development in Tanzania. This is shown from the department’s engagement in governance and accountability through strategic budget making e.g. conducting the pre-budget and post budget policy dialogues. The underlying aim being to promote budget and aid transparency and good budget management practices.

Capacity development is aimed at empowering the government and other stakeholders through the coordination of training programs, symposiums such as seminars, policy dialogues and knowledge sharing workshops. The capacity development role also includes conducting Capacity Development Assessment (CDA) and baseline research, after which tailor made training modules are developed in order to address gaps identified. 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

The department also hosts’ field activities which include field attachments and internships for local and foreign researchers, university students and exchange visits at international level. Furthermore, collaborations with other capacity development networks to implement capacity development programs on a long term basis.

Policy Dialogue

These provide forums for policy actors to discuss and obtain recommendation to influence development policy in Tanzania. Discussed topics are based on research findings from the Foundation, emerging development issues and themes as suggested by stakeholders.

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)