Research and Policy

Policy Dialogues, Networking & Knowledge Sharing

Discussion on Development

UONGOZI Institute provokes thought and stimulates discussion about leadership development, as well as developing and implementing policies and strategies for African nations and organisations.

We assist decision-making by providing opportunities for leaders to meet and share ideas so that they may understand the perspectives of others, seek to collaborate on sustainable development, and enhance their skills and knowledge. Leaders attending these forums have an opportunity to hear ‘behind the scenes’ stories from prominent individuals and experts, who can help to bridge the divide between theory and practice.

The Tanzania Natural Resource Programme

The Natural Resource Charter is a framework for improved management of resources, based on 12 principles of good practice, which gives guidance on the chain of complex economic decisions that have to be made, in order to transform extractive wealth under the ground into development above ground.

The Tanzania Natural Resource Charter (TNRC) programme will be implemented by UONGOZI Institute with the support of the Revenue Watch Institute – Natural Resource Charter (RWI- NRC) and NEPAD.

This government-led initiative’s primary objective is to provide support in the management of natural resources through research; leadership capacity building; awareness creation; and monitoring of developments of the natural resource economy.

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Namwaka Omari

Interviews with Leaders

UONGOZI Institute is producing a television series called ‘Meet the Leader’ consisting of in-depth, one-on-one interviews with prominent leaders from around the world who have made significant positive impacts.

The interviews seek to explore the experiences which affected their development as a leader, their leadership style, and lessons they have learnt about leadership. The intention is that these programmes will provoke thought and stimulate discussion about the development of a leader, as well as aspects of leadership relevant to developing and implementing policies and strategies for African nations and organisations. These programmes are available to view on this website and on YouTube.

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Interviews with Experts

UONGOZI Institute’s  second television series, ‘In Focus’, which presents an in-depth overview into the key issues affecting sustainable development in Africa.

Recent interview topics have ranged from public private partnerships, to managing natural resources, how Africa should manage its relationships with development partners in the current environment and global governance.

These programmes are available to view on this website and on YouTube.

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The Sustainable Development Programme

On July 1st, 2016 UONGOZI Institute formally began its new five-year strategy (2016/17 – 2020/2021). One of the new features of the strategy is the implementation of a new Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) geared towards addressing the implementation challenges of sustainable development in Africa, with particular attention paid to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs).

The overall aim and purpose of the SDP is a multi-year programme to develop leadership in Tanzania (and Africa more broadly) to appreciate and implement sustainable development and to support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The programme includes the following components:

  • Providing a platform for dialogue, bringing together different agents involved in the implementation of the SDGs so as to build the necessary social capital to enable implementation;
  • Undertaking research on Sustainable Development related and NRM themes and issues;
  • Ensuring that SD-related and NRM-related information is available, accessible, and reliable to African citizens as well as policy-makers and decision-makers;
  • Facilitating capacity building on sustainable development to senior leaders in Government as well as to emerging leaders;
  • Continuously monitoring progress towards the SDG targets.

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Gwamaka Kifukwe

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Research

UONGOZI Institute is engaged in research in Africa relating to:

  • Leadership development
  • Sustainable development
  • Governance
  • Policy development.

We seek to complement the work of others by sharing research findings or supporting research initiatives. Our current research projects are:

  • The State of Leadership in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Good Governance in Africa
  • Governance Practices within Public Institutions in Tanzania

Ongoing Research

The State of Leadership in Sub Saharan Africa

Helping to define the African model for leadership is the reason for this large research project. Uongozi Institute is launching a study to look beyond the western concept of leadership to consider the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of institutional and collective leadership in Africa. This study will also examine situations where leadership brought about significant positive societal change in Africa.

The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership University of Pretoria joined us on this project.

Given the scope of the project, a country specific pilot study was conducted to test and refine the research methodology. The pilot study, conducted for Tanzania, aims to identify the enablers and disablers of leadership for transformational change in Africa through the examination of case studies on transformational change. A publication presenting the results of the pilot study has been produced, titled ‘The Enablers and Disablers of Leadership for Transformational Change in Africa’.

Good Governance in Africa

To help African leaders determine African solutions for African problems, it is important that dialogue on governance is situated within the African context.

This study seeks to answer the following research questions:

  • What does ‘good governance’ mean in Africa?
  • Is there a different perspective on governance in Africa?
  • What are the potential differences between global and African discourses on good governance?
  • What can Africa learn from the global understanding of good governance?
  • And what can the world learn from African discourse?
  • What factors are necessary to achieve good governance in Africa?
  • What should be done in order to improve governance in Africa?

These are questions posed in a current desk study by Uongozi Institute; we will share the report with you during late 2012.

Governance Practices in Public Enterprises of Tanzania

This study examines the degree of autonomy of state-owned enterprises in Tanzania, as well as their governance practices.  Issues evaluated will include control mechanisms, management, accountability, transparency, and compliance.

If you would like to suggest some information pertinent to our research then please contact us,so that we may share your research knowledge with others.