Dr Mhede revealed this during a presentation of research findings conducted by Ardhi University (ARU) in collaboration with the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI).
The research titled ‘urban equality and prosperity in low income settlements: knowledge and partnerships for policy and action’ was conducted for four years in Mnyamani, Goba and Hananasif wards in Dar es Salaam Region.
He challenged academicians to conduct research that will come up with solutions to unemployment challenges among youth to enable them to use research findings to generate income and find employment opportunities.
Mhede who represented the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Administration said despite the decrease of unemployment problem in Tanzania from 3.4 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2020, the problem remains a major challenge among youth.
“I am particularly impressed to note that among other things, the research findings being shared today have co-produced a policy document focusing on ‘co-production of basic infrastructure for employment and income generation,” he said
Mhede said the research has uncovered ample opportunities to provide affordable sanitation solutions that can be used in many urban centres adding the government is pleased to receive and work on the provided output.
He said policy documents produced and real life undertaken on simplified sanitation projects to gather with other action areas proposed are significant steps toward the direct direction.
“I wish to impress public institutions especially local authorities, parasternal organizations and agencies such as Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) and Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) to critically reflect upon their approach to infrastructure delivery and construction projects,” he said
He said the use of labour intensive technology in infrastructure delivery projects such as the construction and maintenance of roads, improvement of sanitation, water supply, storm water drains and construction buildings for schools and health facilities and others constitute important sources of employment and income generation.
“The point I want to underscore here is that construction and delivery of high quality infrastructure is very important but not enough. Delivery of basic infrastructure services and other structures must contribute to income and employment opportunities which men, women and youth in the local community can identify with and count on,” he said