Ministries to start issuing sector innovation reports

28Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Ministries to start issuing sector innovation reports

THE Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has developed a platform that provides for each ministry to report its science, technology and innovation (STI) activity and output effective early next month.

The initiative described as the ‘whole government approach’ is billed to help measure government performance in STI in line with efforts to make STI the cornerstone of national development.

The COSTECH Chief Research Officer, Dr Khadija Malika, said that the purpose is to see researches bringing positive changes instead of their innovations being confined to science newsletters.

“There should be a way to measure government performance in STI to sum up total outcomes from each group of research stakeholders and that is why COSTECH has come up with this approach” she said.

She was speaking at a capacity building session for planners, policy advisors and decision makers on how to use evidence based on research in science, technology and innovation in sharing selected evidence in health, agriculture, environment and natural resources sectors.

COSTECH conducted a week-long capacity building trainings to different stakeholders in the science sector. The training was provided to members of Parliament, media professionals and officials from

The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

COSTECH wants to see researches bringing positive changes instead of being satisfied with the science newsletter references, she stated, elaborating that science researches reported be properly analysed and simplified to raise a generalized understanding in the specific area.

This way such results can be incorporated in strategic plans in line with the ambitious industrial economy drive, she elaborated.

Dr Philbert Luhunga, the COSTECH Acting Director of Knowledge Management, had earlier said that the government wants the contribution of science researchers in boosting the national economy.

“The government target as outlined in the CCM election manifesto is only achievable if policy makers and planners can utilize on the findings released by different scientists from across the country,” he said, appealing to ministerial authorities to use evidence based research findings to plan for development in different sectors.

In his presentation, Dr Luhunga said the major objective of the workshop was to draw researchers from different fields to deliberate on how best research findings can be used to advise the government on various policy issues in economic planning.

He said there was no way the country could attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 if evidence based research findings were not considered in policy issues and planning.

COSTECH efforts in knowledge management are directed at simplifying research findings in simple language and disseminating key findings to policy makers to provide an additional input in planning for the country's development, the director added.

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