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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

ESRF roots for economic and social policy analysis

31st March 2012

In order to facilitate inclusive growth for substantial poverty reduction in the country, there is a need to focus on objectives spelt out in MKUKUTA II and other specific programmes and strategies.

This was said in Dar es Salaam yesterday at the launch of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)’s four-year medium term strategic plan 2012-2015.

Speaking at the launch, ESRF chairperson Ruth Mollel said there was a need to play an active role in national policy processes particularly institutional development for economic and social policy analysis.

She stressed that the strategic plan would guide ESRF to attain its goal of becoming a regional and international centre of excellence in capacity development for policy analysis, development management, policy research and dialogue. “This strategy also aims at improving and broadening dissemination of information to grass roots stakeholders thereby giving them a voice in economic management and social dispensation,” she said.

Mollel pointed out that it focused on key thematic areas in line with the National Development Vision 2025, MKUKUTA II, MKUZA II and the five-year development plan.

According to Millel, ESRF has positioned itself to ensure further improved quality and timely delivery of research outputs to the satisfaction of its clients and it is, therefore, determined to strike an optimal balance between medium and long-term research via consultancy work and increase its outreach.

She said the institution aims at improving human resources development and management and enhancing individual capacity and motivation of its personal, improving and broadening the use of its infrastructure (ICT, library and publication units).

For his part, Finance Deputy Permanent Secretary Servacius Likwelile, who graced the launch applauded ESRF for conducting research in the areas of economic and social policy and development management by using its research outcomes to facilitate enhancement of the country’s  capacity for economic development and social advancement.

In addition, he said the government had often relied upon ESRF whenever it entered into negotiations with development partners. “ESRF has articulated and tried to ensure that country experts, outsourced by the government through ESRF, join donor missions to build local capacity,” he said.

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