The discourse on African development largely focuses on capacity for leadership and governance, as well as on their role in generating economic growth, promoting sustainable development, and ensuring poverty reduction. There is a connection between leadership and governance on one hand, and outcomes in terms of economic growth, sustainable development, and poverty reduction on the other. This relates to Tanzania as well as other countries in Eastern Africa.
In this project, UNU-WIDER partners with the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (the UONGOZI Institute or UI) based in Dar es Salaam, which promotes the key role of leadership in sustainable development. The project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
The objective of the project is to facilitate the development and implementation of public policies that promote economic transformation and inclusive growth. Strong evidence-informed solutions are crucial for national decision-makers and the international development community to build on and plan actions to support sustainable development. To achieve this goal, UNU-WIDER is working together with UI to promote and increase the understanding sustainable development, improve research capacity, and advance policy development towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The project will carry out research on sustainable development and produce related policy advice for Tanzania and beyond, particularly focusing on the East African region. The project will also provide developing countries a platform for research and policy discussion in Tanzania and the African continent.