The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) team leaders David McGinty disclosed to journalists in a one day workshop on Thursday in Dar es Salaam concurrently with the launching a five years report (2013-2015).
The report dubbed ‘‘Investing in social innovation and technology in Tanzania’ aimed at acting as catalyst for change by increasing knowledge and understanding about the complex practice of social innovation.
He said innovation system in Tanzania had developed rapidly over past five years with increasing numbers of individuals and institutions stepping up and becoming more active, visible and connected than ever before.
The team leader added new start- ups and hubs are cropping up every day and there was a growing awareness of the roles that innovation could play in finding solutions to large and pervasive development challenges.
Whilst Tanzania had progressed, the innovation ecosystem was still in its early stage where institutions are constrained by limited resources and competing priorities.
“Over the past five years, we have had the great a fortune of supporting Tanzanian innovators to bring their ideas to fruition and test out new ways of doing things,”
“Innovation is risky, and whilst there have been some big wins and success stories, there are times where things have not worked out as envisaged-but have learned a lot in the process,”.
McGinty pointed out that the report was a creation of HDIF’Ss collective understanding of how to improve the use, scale and adoption of innovation in Tanzania to advance access to basic services and lasting change, now and in future.
The report further makes practicable and actionable recomendations based on HDIF’s collective insights aimed at removing barriers to scaling innovation.
Moreover it shares lessons HDIF had learned and makes recommendation based on experience of identifying and nurturing diverse talent and empowering a new generation to drive social innovation in Tanzania.
For her part, the veteran Journalist, Pili Mtambalike said there was a room for media to play part in advocating and promoting innovations in the country.
Mtambalike added that there was no way out media can distance itself from innovations because it was a national and global demand.
“There is room for journalists to work in promoting innovations and technologies to foster national development,” she said.
HDIF deputy team leader, Joseph Manirakiza said the organisation funded over 69 bn/- had been financing a number of projects.
He said there were eighteen active projects and twenty completed projects country wide adding that out of 1500 applications 43 projects had been funded.