Dodoma — THE Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a new project targeting to highlight the challenges Tanzania faces in realizing Vision 2025 goals.
Titled 'The Tanzania Human Development Report (THDR 2014),' the project focuses on national perspectives on human development in addressing priority themes, emerging trends, opportunities and challenges the country encounters in reaching the Vision 2025 targets.
Launching the project at a function also attended by members of Parliament at the weekend here, the Minister for Defence and National Service, Mr Shamsa Vuai Nahodha, who represented the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, said the project had come at the appropriate time.
He said the report would assist to shed more light on existing national development programmes under implementation and that Tanzania was looking forward to achieving Millennium Development Goals despite the emerging challenges.
"We cannot implement development programmes without scientific evaluation and monitoring. That is what this project is aiming to do," he said. He said for years Tanzania had struggled to come out of extreme poverty by empowering its people economically, but researches had shown that it had not done enough in that area due to a number of shortcomings.
He said THDR 2014, therefore, would be of maximum assistance to the government since it would highlight some alternative routes and channels to be used to speed up the envisaged results.
MPs challenged the government to make sure researches on various economic problems facing the country were practically worked out, insisting that poor implementation of the existing good policies and programmes had been letting it down for many years.
It is envisaged that the THDR 2014 will promote national policy dialogue among a variety of national perspectives basing on the identification and analysis of the development alternatives.
ESRF Director General Dr Hossiana Lunogelo said the current initial phase of the project, which extends from March 2013 to June 2016, will result in the production of two national Human Development Reports, namely THDR 2014 and THDR 2016. "THDR will feed into the broader global Human Development Reports, hence the need for the themes to resonate with those of the global HDRs.
However, since the global reports usually skip many issues at the national level, themes that address critical country specific issues will be a priority in THDR," he said.
According to him, the preparation of THDR will be complemented and expected to be released by September, next year. Notwithstanding the fact that Tanzania is endowed with significant natural resources, the country is facing many challenges in their management to the extent that they are nor yielding the expected benefits to the economy.
According to a summary of background papers to be produced for the THDR 2014, challenges related to the management of natural resources in the country are critical, in particular areas such as extractive activities like mining and natural gas