ESRF is embarking on the fifth phase medium term Strategic Plans (2012- 2015), taking into account the need to research and build capacity on priority issues highlighted during Tanzania’s mid-term development plan, the current five-year plan (FYP 2011/12 to 2015/16), which focuses on addressing productive capacity constraints in addition to encompassing the objectives spelt out in MKUKUTA II, and other sector specific programmes and strategies. Our research agenda will focus on the issues central to the five-year plan of unleashing the country’s growth potentials. The plan’s core programmes reflect the objectives of MKUKUTA II, Mini-Tiger Plan 2020, and key sector strategies in Agriculture, Livestock, Mining, Tourism and similar Industries. It also addresses challenges for a more inclusive growth necessary for the substantial reduction of poverty in Tanzania

The broad themes are Growth and Wealth Creation; Governance; Social Services and the Quality of Life; Globalisation and Regional Integration, as well as Natural Resources and Environment Management. Under each broad theme several sub-themes have been developed reflecting outstanding issues. Sub-themes proposed are geared towards achieving specific objectives, and building on the broad ESRF objectives


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