As Tanzania is in the process of obtaining a new constitution, globally, the debates around the post-2015 development agenda are intensifying. Tanzania, like other developing countries, implemented the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000. Fourteen years later, Tanzania’s national development priorities are set to achieve the MDGs, but challenges remain when it comes to reducing poverty. Even though Tanzania enjoys high economic growth (above 7%), the proportion of the population living below the poverty line declined only slightly from 35.7% in 2000/1 to 33.6% in 2007. Poverty rates are highest in rural areas, with an overwhelming majority (74%) of poor Tanzanians remaining primarily dependent on agriculture.
The Post-2015 Data Test, led by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and The North-South Institute (NSI), in association with the Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, will apply a select set of candidate post-2015 goals, targets and indicators to a number of low, middle and high-income countries. This comparative initiative allows for engagement in global discussions. Tanzania is one of eight countries participating in the Post-2015 Data Test and REPOA is leading the case study.
REPOA will examine the challenges and opportunities for applying and measuring progress on a universal, country specific post-2015 development agenda in Tanzania. To undertake the case study, REPOA is working in close collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics and other stakeholders from academia, research, government, non-government organisations, UN organisations, the private sector, civil society, and the donor community.
Tanzania Workshop held at REPOA Premises in Dar es Salaam on February 27th, 2014
Tanzania Validation Workshop held at REPOA Premises in Dar es Salaam on June 20th, 2014