On 24th and 25th October, 2017, UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance (PO-PSMGG) convened a joint workshop on Public Service Reforms and Decentralisation by Devolution (D by D) in Dodoma, Tanzania.

The workshop was officiated by the Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Hon. Selemani Jafo (MP). It brought together more than 140 delegates, including Regional Commissioners, District Commissioners, and District Executive Directors from seven regions (Mwanza, Arusha, Morogoro, Njombe, Dodoma Iringa and Tabora), as well as directors and representatives from different Ministries, Government institutions, development partners, tertiary institutions and Civil Society Organisations.

The workshop aimed at providing a platform for stakeholders within and outside the Government to discuss challenges and provide recommendations in achieving greater efficiency, responsiveness and accountability in the public service, as well as how to bring Government closer to the people so that decisions about resource allocation and services are more responsive to local needs.

In his welcome remarks, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja noted the two intertwined initiatives by the Government of Tanzania (GoT); Public Service Reform Programme (PSRP) and Decentralisation by Devolution (D by D), and highlighted assessments that were carried by the GoT with support from DFID to keenly understand the challenges and limitations in implementing PSRP and D by D initiatives, along with recommendations. Prof. Semboja concluded that the workshop presentation and discussions will inform the design of the next phase of public sector reforms (PSRP III), and the revision of the D by D policy.

In his speech, the Guest of Honour, Hon. Jafo stressed the importance of Decentralisation by Devolution (D by D).

“The country’s constitution commands it, as it gives power back to the people who work hard to build this nation, And I think reforms are likely to take place if every leader will understand the concept of D by D”, he stated.

Hon. Jafo further reiterated the objectives of the two-day workshop, and called on participants to actively engage in the discussions and come up with better ways to address challenges found in the assessments.