The Research and Analysis Working Group is one of four working groups established by the Government of Tanzania to co-ordinate efforts on national poverty monitoring. The Planning Commission chairs the group, while its secretariat functions are carried out by Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA) – a policy research institute. The membership of the group, which comprises fifteen persons, includes Government, research organisations, civil society and development partners.
One of the initial tasks of the working group was to formulate a plan for research and capacity building in research. This plan will serve as input into the National Poverty Monitoring Master Plan, which is to be compiled by the four working groups engaged in poverty monitoring by mid-2001. This report is intended to help clarify the plan for research by identifying priority areas and gaps in research. The main objective is to develop a framework of research questions to guide the focus of research and analysis relating to the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
A consultative process was followed to solicit views from various stakeholders. Three workshops were held in Mid May-2001 with academics and the private sector, policy makers and civil society. A complete list of participants in the workshop may be found in Annex 1. The exchange of views in these workshops was informal and frank. We thank the participants for their insights and hope that we have captured the salient points made in the workshops.
Information gaps on the HIPC initiative have been noted that require immediate attention, including the actual amount of debt owed, as well as debt repayment schedules during recent years. This information is available, and ought to be disseminated to the public on a regular basis as government policy.
The report is organised around seven main themes as follows: