This site carries information, research and opinions about Tanzania’s future – its problems and potentials – as the country enters an era of exploitation of its major hydrocarbon resources. More background
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The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tanzania is launching the “Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac & other Tools for Transparency” today 29th of September in Dar es Salaam. The event is hosted in collaboration with OpenOil and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI).
The event introduces a number of transparency initiatives. Specifically, FES Tanzania, launching its “Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac”, a Wikipedia and living database for publicly available information around the Tanzanian Oil and Gas sector.
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Four researchers from CMI/NHH and REPOA, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Jan Isaksen, Donald Mmari and Ingrid Hoem Sjursen, participated at the 1st Annual Congress of African Tax Research Network (ATRN) made a presentation of the preliminary findings from the project “Managing the resource curse: An experimental study on the effects of expectations about petro-revenue in Tanzania”.
The Project is a joint work with The Choice Lab researchers Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden.
The conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2nd and 4th September, 2015 and. Fjeldstad and Isaksen chaired the first two parallel sessions of the conference.
Click here to see the conference programme.
Undoubtedly, the future economy of Tanzania depends on extractive industry as means of economic expansion being both a usable resource as well as a commodity for international trade and finance.
Together, oil and natural gas may bring Tanzania unprecedented mobility, help generate electricity, and are used to produce everything from agriculture fertilizers to synthetic clothing to product packaging and countless other items.
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Dr Donald Mmari had an opportunity to comment on BBC on how Tanzania could soon entering into a new Fairtrade deal to sell gold to the UK — the first of its kind in Africa.
The BBC Africa reporter Tulanana Bohela said that Tanzania’s hope is that Fairtrade standards will help break the cycle of poverty in the country’s richest region and Dr. Mmari had to give his views on the impact of the fairtrade on the local gold brokers.
“Could it force them out of business? Is Fairtrade really a win-win deal? how sustainable is it considering the dominance of large mining companies”? Asked the reporter and below is the link to the programme clip;
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AFROBAROMETER has recently released the full Round 5 merged dataset for 34 countries in Africa. Toto download the SPSS dataset click here and the codebook click here .
Afrobarometer is an African-led, non-partisan survey research project that measures citizen attitudes on democracy and governance, the economy, civil society, and other topics. Currently Afrobarometer conducts surveys in more than 30 African countries and REPOA is national coordinator for Afrobarometer in Tanzania
This month, the fieldwork for Understanding the resource curse: A survey experiment in Tanzania is in progress in Mtwara, Lindi and Dar es Salaam.
On July 5th, 2015, the Tanzania National Assembly endorsed the Petroleum Bill 2015. More here
REPOA’s 20th Annual Research Workshop (ARW) was held on 25th and 26th March 2015 and the theme for this year was Harnessing Natural Resources for Socioeconomic Transformation.
Objective of this workshop:
To address the role of natural resources in bringing about socioeconomic transformation, and to promote policy dialogue based on evidence from research on matters related to the management of natural resources and transformation of the economy to achieve inclusive development. Inclusive development is attained only if the majority of the present and future generations of citizens benefit from economic growth. More Here
Close to 200 representatives from the government, academia, civil society and media were present when CMI, REPOA, and the National Bureau of Statistics presented their new research programme Tanzania as a future petro-state at the Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam Friday 24 October. More here
Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is looking for someone to develop a new oil terminal jetty at Kigamboni in the vicinity of Dar es Salaam port. More here