UONGOZI Institute Newsletter: July-December 2016
This issue of UONGOZI Institute’s newsletter provides an account of the key events and activities that took place in the period of July – December, 2016.
The African Leadership Forum 2016
Despite tremendous progress in recent years, African business still faces significant challenges, including the lack of infrastructure, particularly reliable power supplies, and lack of capital, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and farmers.
It is against this background that the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Benjamin Mkapa convened the third African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar es Salaam on 28-29 July 2016 under the theme “Enabling African Businesses to Transform the Continent”. Organized by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development, popularly known as the UONGOZI Institute, the Forum brought together political leaders including former heads of state as well as leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. The event featured a keynote address and public plenary followed by three closed panel sessions. For the first time this year, selected youth representatives were invited to hold parallel sessions. A Statement from the Youth Forum was delivered at the conclusion of the event.
This publication provides a summary of the remarks delivered and deliberations that took place at the African Leadership Forum 2016.
Managing Relations Between Investors in the Extractive Sector & Local Communities
As part of its work to support leaders in Tanzania, the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) has a dedicated program on Natural Resources Management for Human Development. This program aims to support the
Tanzanian government to improve governance in the extractive sector and to secure the best possible returns for the country while bringing about broad-based domestic growth and development.
The extractive sector is one of the key growth sectors in many countries in Africa, including Tanzania. However, the sector also has the largest incidence of conflicts and disputes between resource companies and local communities. Managing relations within the extractive industry is, therefore, a key consideration to secure optimal benefits from the sector.
UONGOZI Institute organized a regional roundtable on the theme Managing Relations between Investors in the Extractive Sector and Local Communities in June, 2016. This publication provides a summary of the roundtable discussion.
The Global Climate Policy Conference 2016 Report
This report summarises findings of the 3rd Global Climate Policy Conference (GCPC) held on 13-14 July 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The conference was convened by Climate Strategies, a network of senior climate policy researchers, in partnership with the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
UONGOZI Insititute’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021
This is UONGOZI Institute’s second five-year strategic plan. Under this new strategic plan, the Institute will continue on its course of becoming a centre of excellence for leadership for sustainable development in Africa.
The African Leadership Forum 2015: Moving towards an integrated Africa
Recognizing the critical importance of integration to the transformation and sustainable development of Africa as envisioned by Agenda 2063, the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa convened the second African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar es Salaam on 30 July 2015.
The event brought together political leaders, including current and former Heads of State, as well as leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. The theme of the Forum was “Moving Towards an Integrated Africa”. The event provided a platform to explore how best to overcome the obstacles to intra-African interaction, collaboration, coordination and harmonization so that Africa’s richness could be better marshalled to realize the common goals of prosperity and security of the continent and its people.
The Future of Eastern African Cities: How do we want to live in 2050?
UONGOZI Institute organized a regional roundtable discussion to engage leaders to envision how we would like to live in 2050. The event brought together participants of diverse nationalities, expertise and experience to envision the future of cities in Eastern Africa. Delegates were tasked to look forward in a constructive manner on how to exploit the opportunities that exist today to achieve a desired
tomorrow. Over the course of the forum, representatives from government, academia, the private sector and civil society provided insightful analysis and identified innovative pathways for realizing urban prosperity in Eastern Africa. The key issues raised to address the complexities of urban growth and achieve the goal of sustainable towns and cities throughout the region are covered in this publication.
The African Leadership Forum 2014: Meeting the Challenges of Africa’s Transformation
A new Africa has emerged. An African renaissance is underway, whereby a growing number of determined and self-confident Africans are working to transform their countries’ economies to accelerate the rate of human and economic development. Given the continent’s stage of development, Africa has the opportunity to become the catalyst and driving force for sustainable development globally. To achieve this, Africa will need to tap into its past successes whilst planning and pursuing a logical, inclusive, collective and sustainable path to national, regional and continental progress.
It is against this background that the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa convened the inaugural African Leadership Forum (ALF) in Dar es Salaam on 31 July 2014. Organized by the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development, popularly known as the UONGOZI Institute, the event brought together political leaders including former heads of state as well as leaders from government, business, civil society and academia.
Towards a Green Economy: Exploring the potential of forestry in Tanzania through the Green Growth Platform
Between 8-10 May 2012, the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute) launched the Green Growth Platform (GGP) and hosted the Decision Makers’ Forest Academy (DMFA) in Iringa, Tanzania – the first event of its kind in Africa. As a core activity within the Green Growth Platform, the Forest Academy, a concept adapted from one developed by the Finnish
Forest Association brings together high-level leaders from government, the private sector and civil society to discuss and experience the critical issues facing the forestry industry in Tanzania.
This publication introduces the Green Growth Platform and the DMFA’s unique learning approach and shares the ideas and insights from participants attending the event in Iringa. The first part of the document presents an overview of the GGP and the platform’s launch, while the second part gives an insider’s view of the presentations, discussions and field visits that were conducted as a part of the Forest Academy.
Public Private Partnerships: An alternative financing mechanism for delivering public services
Public Private Partnerships have emerged as a viable institutional arrangement for financing and delivering public services. A successful PPP capitalises on the strengths of both public and private sectors to provide better and more cost-effective public services, and to speed up the rate of implementation or coverage of services. In the context of developing countries, PPPs can help to boost economic growth, reduce poverty and improve well-being. Consequently, governments are promoting the use of PPPs within their national development strategies. However, while PPPs may have a number of advantages, they are also complex to design, implement and manage. Therefore, governments should only pursue PPPs if certain fundamentals are in place and the objectives of all parties can be met within the partnerships.
This brief introduces the concept of public-private partnerships and discusses salient issues in determining the suitability of PPP projects.
Thinking Outside the Box: A Case for Promoting the Charcoal Industry in Tanzania
Charcoal is Tanzania’s most important domestic energy source and this is not likely to change in the foreseeable future. Demand
for charcoal is rising as Tanzania’s population grows and becomes increasingly urban. Yet, despite its importance and potential, charcoal is not positively perceived within the national policy environment, leading to unsustainable and inefficient charcoal production, deforestation and soil degradation, lost opportunities to modernise the charcoal value chain and lost revenue for the government. This brief argues that charcoal is pro-poor, can be pro-development and a potential driver of economic growth. Instead of being ashamed of the country’s association with charcoal, Tanzania can empower its citizens to develop and modernise the sector so that charcoal becomes a valuable, renewable, sustainable energy source.
Managing Natural Resources to Ensure Prosperity in Africa
The discovery and extraction of natural resources has the potetial to finance rapid, sustained and broad-based development. However, the historical record of resource discoveries in developing countries is deeply worrying. Often discoveries have led to the plunder of those resources, whereby the few expropriate revenues that should benefit the many, and the present generation unsustainably consume revenues that should benefit future generations. For countries to avoid the recurrence of plunder and take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunity of new resource discoveries, a set of distinct policy responses are required. To inform African policy makers, this brief outlines a series of five key policy decisions needed to ensure that resource wealth is effectively captured and utilized for national development.