• Thinking Industrialization and Energy In Tanzania

    STIPRO is planning to hold a one day multi stakeholder event and discuss Challenges and opportunities of energy for industrialization in Tanzania. The event is to take place on the 5th of October at the COSTECH conference room. The main objective of the roundtable event is to discuss challenges and opportunities of access to reliable energy for industrialization—addressing the information gap and charting the way forward. Key stakeholders are invited to participate and enrich the content and consequent outputs of this activity. Drawing from the long-standing experience in multi-stakeholder engagements and coordination of the national level policy dialogues, STIPRO brings together the key stakeholders on the energy and industrial development sectors for this roundtable. Invited participants for the roundtable will represent the policy and regulatory bodies from relevant government ministries and departments, energy and manufacturing investors, industry associations, international development agencies, academia and think tanks on energy and industrial sectors, and the press. Aside from the selected informed expert presentations, participants will be able to discuss and share their experiences and network. Topics…


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  • STIPRO Annual Research Dissemination Workshop-2017

    Friday, October 27, 2017 On Friday the 27th October 2017 STIPRO held its Annual Research Dissemination Workshop themed Innovation capabilities and interactive learning: The role of institutions. Building innovation capabilities becomes fundamental because firms with such capabilities are able to compete and survive in market places. Such capabilities are enabled by interactive learning as firms do not innovate in isolation. Developing countries, Tanzania included, are characterized by limited capacity to develop new, or to adopt and improve upon existing technologies; and consequently the vast majority is slow in sustaining increased production. Thus, institutions play an important role in the process of building firms’ innovation capabilities. A group photo of workshop participants The event took place at the classical hall at Blue Pearls Hotel (Dar Es Salaam) and graced presence of National Institute for Productivity (NIP), Mr. Novatus Massao as a guest of Honor. STIPRO organizes a research workshop annually with the aim of disseminating research results, raising awareness of and engaging in dialogue with various stakeholders on issues around Science, Technology and Innovation. There were six presentations delivered and discussed during the workshop. The first presentation was a conceptual paper delivered by Dr. Vera Mugittu on Building innovation capabilities for agricultural development: The role of institutions’. Other presentations were from Dr. Gussai Sheikheld in on Reforming Public Technology Intermediaries in Tanzania: A Policy Learning Study’; Mr. Heric Thomas on Avocado Processing: Assessing the Role of Stakeholders in the Innovation System”, Mr. Innocent Wawa on Understanding Knowledge Systems for Innovation: A Study on Business Ideas Developed by Business Incubators in Tanzania’; Ms. Lanta Daniel on ‘Finance and Innovation: The Case of Micro and Small Sunflower Oil Processors’ and the last presentation was on the ongoing project funded by the European commission on Integrated aquaculture based on sustainable water recirculating system for the Victoria Lake Basin which was delivered by Mr. Musambya Mutambala.The workshop ended at 17hrs with the executive director of STIPRO Dr. Bitrina Diyamett giving the closing remarks and thanked the participant for a vigorous discussions and participation. Dr. Vera Mugittu Presenting:Building innovation capabilities for agricultural development: The role of institutions’. Dr. Gussai Sheikheld Presenting: Reforming Public Technology Intermediaries in Tanzania: A Policy Learning Study’ Mr. Innocent Wawa presenting: Understanding Knowledge Systems for Innovation: A Study on Business Ideas Developed by Business Incubators in Tanzania’ Ms. Lanta Daniel Presenting: ‘Finance and Innovation: The Case of Micro and Small Sunflower Oil Processors Mr. Musambya Mutambala Preseting: Integrated aquaculture based on sustainable water recirculating system for the Victoria Lake Basin Workshop participants following the session closely Mr. T. Mlaki (right in grey suit) hosting and moderating the workshop


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  • 2016 Annual Research Dissemination Workshop

    On Friday the 30th September 2016 STIPRO held its Annual Research Dissemination Workshop at, Ubungo Plaza, in Dar es Salaam. This Research Dissemination Workshop is one of the ways of popularizing and disseminating of information that has been generated through ST&I policy research. This year, four presentations were made, where two presentations were on most recently completed research undertakings. The first, presented by Ms. Neema Risha and Mr. Heric Thomas, looked at the opportunities available to small scale farmers when they are integrated into a Global Value Chain; and the second paper addressed the lock-in syndrome in subsistence farming presented by Dr. Vera Mugittu. In addition to the empirical papers, Dr Bitrina presented a conceptual paper on agricultural productivity and structural transformation; and the last presentation by Ms. Lanta Daniel reviewed the history of industrialization in Africa. After each presentation ample time was allocated in order to thoroughly discuss the presentations. The discussions were held in both Swahili and English to allow for a more inclusive discussion. During the opening remarks it was argued that the discussions should not end there, but should be continued further once participants of the workshop returned to their place of work. STIPRO thanked the workshop participants and welcomed additional feedback after the workshop through emails and social networks. Ms. Neema Risha, an Assistant Research Fellow with STIPRO presenting preliminary findings   Dr. Diyamett Executive Director of STIPRO talking to the media Workshop participants Cross-section of workshop participants Mr. John Masaki of MUVIWAPASI (An Association of Avocado Farmers in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania)  giving a background on the avocado sub-sector in Kilimanjaro. Mr. Adam Zuku (Executive secretary at TEGAMAT) elaborating on the history of Tanzania Industrialization. Dr. Vera Mugittu presenting a paper on how to "un-lock" subsistence poultry farming in the rural areas.


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  • STIPRO Hosts Research Dissemination Workshop

    On Wednesday 30th September 2015, STIPRO held a research feedback workshop at Blue Pearl Hotel, Ubungo Plaza in Dar es Salaam. The purpose of the event was to gather feedback from key stakeholders on the preliminary findings from two research projects recently completed by STIPRO researchers. The first project titled Role of Cooperatives in Promoting Inclusive Innovation in Tanzania, the Case of Kilimanjaro Coffee Cooperatives Societies and Tandaimba Newala Cooperatives Union was presented by Ms Lanta Daniel, Mr. Heric Thomas. The purpose of this project was to investigate the role of cooperatives in promoting inclusive innovation systems in the farming sector in Tanzania. The research was expected to provide knowledge on the role of cooperatives in promoting inclusive innovation system among farming communities in Tanzania that would be useful for policy formulation and other strategic interventions on cooperative by the government and other decision makers. The second research project titled “Institutional Knowledge and Technology Transfer Policies and Strategies: A survey of Universities and R&D Institutions” was presented by Mr. Musambya Mutambala and Engineer Lawrence Kerefu from Nyumbu The overall objective of the project, was been to explore the nature, scope and effect of knowledge and technology transfer strategies and practices of selected R&D institutions as well as Universities. The intention is provide policy lessons, both at the institutional and national levels. We thank all participants for their active participation and constructive feedback. BELOW ARE THE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT: Dr. Bitrina Diyamett, STIPRO Executive Director giving opening Remarks Mr. Heric Thomas, STIPRO assistant research fellow presenting on the Role of Cooperatives in Promoting Inclusive Innovation, the Case of KNCU and TANECU in Tanzania Ms. Lanta Daniel, STIPRO assistant research fellow presenting on the Role of Cooperatives in Promoting Inclusive Innovation, the Case of KNCU and TANECU in Tanzania Mr. Musambya Mutambala, STIPRO research fellow presenting on Institutional Knowledge and Technology Workshop participants following up presentations Participants' registration During tea break Event's Group Photo


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  • Strategic Planning Workshop

    Strategic planning workshop and Roundtable Discussion on FDI and Local Technological and Innovation Capacity building, held successfully. On 30th June the Science Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO) held a stakeholders’ workshop to discuss its five years strategic plan with the aim of fine-tuning its research agenda. The following day, 1st of July 2014, in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), STIPRO held a roundtable discussion for stakeholders on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and its contribution in local technological and innovation capacity building to Tanzania. The roundtable discussion focused on productive sectors of the economy which included agriculture, manufacturing, and extractives. The event brought together local and international scholars, high profile government officials from Tanzania Investment Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), Ministry of Information Science and Technology, Ministry of Energy and Minerals. International organizations, UNIDO and African Development Bank were also represented. Papers presented can be accessed at our website under Workshops and photos under Gallery. A brief report on the roundtable can also be accessed at COSTECH


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