GGTI ranked REPOA as first think tank in Tanzania for 2019

14Feb 2020
Getrude Mbago
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
GGTI ranked REPOA as first think tank in Tanzania for 2019

REPOA has been ranked as the top think tank in Tanzania for the 6th consecutive year and number 11 of the 612 leading research organisations in Sub-Sahara Africa in the 2019 Global Go to Think Tank Index (GGTI).

REPOA’s Executive Director, Dr. Donald Mmari.

Organised by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programmes (TTCSP), the index major aim is to acknowledge the important roles that Think Tanks plays in informing policy thus accelerating development in respective countries.

Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, REPOA’s Executive Director, Dr. Donald Mmari commended TTCSP management for their innovation and efforts to raise the voice of Think Tanks Globally.

According to him, REPOA has been ranked top due its quality of research, capacity building initiatives and contribution to policy development.

Dr Mmari said; “The 2019 Global Think Tank Report was launched on January 30, 2020 in Washington DC and in more than 123 other cities around the World. This Year’s theme is ‘Why Think Tanks and Policy Advice Matter.”

Top think tanks in Sub Saharan include the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA) followed by African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) of South Africa, the Ghana’s IMANI Centre for Policy and Education and Kenya Institute for Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

“This ranking is significant to REPOA as we begin to implement a new strategic plan for 2020-2024. It reminds us our responsibilities and commitments to continue to undertake credible research and analytical work, to provide information that is relevant for evidence-formed policy making and to continue providing capacity development to diverse stakeholders,” he noted.

Dr Mmari highlighted three thematic areas of research for the next five years as productive sectors and inclusive development; gender and human development as well as governance, accountability and citizen engagement.

“Our research will also focus on other crosscutting issues such as climate change, technology and innovation. These are essential elements to inform a comprehensive national agenda on socio-economic transformation for inclusive development and the commitments to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs),” he said.

He said that REPOA has been at the forefront of research on economic development and the reduction of poverty reduction in Tanzania since its establishment in 1994. It has consistently worked with the government and development partners to increase capacity for research and policy as well as contributing to greater transparency and improved governance in the country.

“We also acknowledge the recent and ongoing support to our long-term collaborative research programmes and targeted capacity building, we commend the Norway Embassy, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union, The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), IDS at the University of Nairobi, Think Tank initiative (TTI) and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF),” he noted.

The Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) is an independent research institution which creates and utilizes knowledge to facilitate socio-economic development in Tanzania.