Effective Management of the Tanzanian Natural Gas Industry For An Inclusive and Sustainable Socio-Economic Impact.

    The overarching goal of this project was to generate a data set and knowledge base to be used to monitor and evaluate the socio-economic impacts related to the development over time of the Tanzanian natural gas industry. The study was conducted in May 2014 with funding from the Harare-headquartered African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). The study covered Mtwara and Lindi regions, where natural gas discoveries have been made. The main focus was to examine the socio-economic inclusiveness and sustainability of the natural gas sub-sector and foster an understanding of the related outcomes and impacts in connection with stakeholder expectations. As a recent entrant in the natural gas industry, and coupled with a continued discovery of a vast natural gas potential and an increasing international and domestic demand for the same, Tanzania must become increasingly aware of and prepared for the socio-economic changes that are typical with this development. Such awareness will enable Tanzania to better manage and adequately benefit from this burgeoning wealth.

    Experiences from other countries suggest that developments in the natural gas industry tend to cause numerous desirable and undesirable socio-economic, environmental, and geo-political changes. The undesirable changes (costs) may outweigh by far the expected desirable changes (benefits) if, among other factors, there is overall

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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)