Another milestone for Tanzania’s strategic projects

20 September 2019 marked yet another milestone for Tanzania’s strategic projects as the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (MP), launched the National Multi-Sector Local Content Guidelines and a Website for Strategic Projects.

This took place during a national forum on “Local Content Implementation in Strategic Projects: Achievements, Opportunities and Challenges”, jointly organised by the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) and UONGOZI Institute in Dodoma, Tanzania. Representatives from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society were in attendance.

During the proceedings, progress on the implementation of existing strategic projects was shared, and participants made recommendations to ensure that Tanzanians participate effectively to benefit from the projects.

In her remarks, the NEEC’s Executive Secretary, Mrs. Beng’i Issa, extended her appreciation to the Prime Minister for accepting the invitation to come and officiate the forum, as well as to UONGOZI Institute and other partners for continuing to work together with the Council to enhance domestic participation in strategic projects within Tanzania.

Underscoring the objectives of the forum, Mrs. Issa said, “This forum seeks to facilitate communication between the Government, private sector and other stakeholders on local content implementation issues.”

She added that the aim is to create awareness on where the country is in terms of implementation, as well as to exchange experiences and information on employment and procurement opportunities.

On behalf of the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Ms. Caroline Israel, Ag. Head of Research and Policy said as part of its work to support Tanzanian leaders to attain sustainable development, the Institute supports programmes and activities aimed at optimising domestic participation.

“UONGOZI Institute believes that local content is important, and increasing local participation requires enhancing the skills of the national workforce as well as the capacity and competitiveness of local firms,” said Ms. Israel.

She further stated, “We are proud that through our collaboration with NEEC and other partners, we continue to contribute to enhancing competencies in the area through forums as well as technical and capacity-building workshops.”

In his address, Prime Minister Majaliwa stated that Tanzania’s fifth-phase Government has set a target of ensuring that Tanzania becomes a middle-income country by 2025, through industrial development.

To realise this goal, he said that the Government continues to undertake several measures to allow people’s full participation in economic activities. He mentioned a few examples of these measures, including reforms in policies and acts for the mining sector, insurance, and public procurement.

He said, “The aim is to ensure that Tanzanians receive priority in employment, services, skills development, and technology through the strategic projects that are being implemented within the country.”

In closing, the Prime Minister stressed that the Government will continue to implement measures to create a better business environment within the country and strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to improve the citizens’ welfare and accelerate economic growth.

Scholarship Announcement: 2020/21 Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership


UONGOZI Institute invites applications for a partially-funded one-year Executive Programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership from Tanzanian Senior Leaders in the Public, Private and Civil Society Organisations. The Programme, undertaken in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education of Finland (Aalto EE), includes 10 modules that are run over the course of one year. It aims to develop leadership competencies in three areas; Making Strategic Choices, Leading People and Other Resources and Excelling in Personal Leadership Qualities.

Facilitated by world-class professors and experts in leadership from around the world, the Programme is designed to encourage participants to challenge their thinking as they broaden their competencies in visioning, planning and inspiring others through advanced strategic communication. It aims to motivate participants to become better designers and innovators of effective structures and systems for better results.

The Programme is designed for leaders who want to propel their professional development without putting their careers on hold. Each module runs for one month, consisting of 2-3 days in-class workshops and online individual or group assignments.

Programme Requirements

Completion of the Programme requires attending all modules and completing several written pre- and post-assignments and four graded exams. On successful completion, candidates will earn 18 European credits; all of which are transferrable to the Aalto EE Executive MBA Programme or Aalto EE MBA Programme.

Scholarship Coverage

The tuition fee for the Programme is EUR 8,000. This scholarship covers:

  1. 50% of the tuition fee (EUR 4,000)
  2. Learning and training materials, including stationery
  3. Meals and refreshments during training hours

The participants or their sponsors will be responsible for:

  1. 50% of the tuition fee (EUR 4,000)
  2. Daily Subsistence Allowance (Per Diem)
  3. Transport and on-transit expenses
  4. Incidentals and medical coverage

The registration process is complete ONLY when all balances have been remitted. 

Required Documents

  1. Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 2 pages)
  2. Cover letter (not exceeding one page)
  3. An essay (between 450 – 500 words) explaining the candidate’s leadership successes, challenges and motivation for applying for the Programme
  4. Reference letter indicating sponsorship commitment signed by the candidate and his/her sponsor
  5. Certified copies of original academic certificates. UONGOZI Institute reserves the rights to verify certificates with issuing institution.
  6. Commitment letter from the employer to confirm the applicant’s full participation in the Programme.

Selection Criteria and Qualifications

Candidates need to meet with the following entry requirements:

  • Minimum five years of work experience in a managerial or senior specialist position
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced command of written and spoken English
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Proficiency in writing academic papers

Tentative Programme Schedule 

April 2020: Opening, Reflective and inspirational leader

May 2020: Strategy Formulation and Implementation

August 2020: Developing Financial Skills

September 2020: Leading for results

October 2020: Design Thinking for Organisational Development

November 2020: Sustainable Development

January 2021: Ethical Leadership

February 2021: Strategic Communication

March 2021: Human Resource Management for Executives

April 2021: Leading Change, Graduation


Dar es Salaam and Arusha (Specific location will be determined for each module).

How to Apply

Submit your applications or the names of selected candidates to

The Chief Executive Officer

UONGOZI Institute

P.O. Box 105753

Dar es Salaam

Or email to


All applications must be received by Friday, 10thJanuary, 2020 at 17:00 hours (EAT).Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. For more information about this Programme, please visit successful candidates will be contacted.

UONGOZI Institute facilitates a retreat of the Office of SADC’s Executive Secretary

As we aim to reach a wider audience and enhance our philosophy of achieving sustainable development through competent leadership, we continue to foster new partnerships and strengthen the existing ones.

We were pleased to have a new partner on board, the Southern African Development Community (SADC). This partnership led us to facilitate a three-day retreat for the Office of the Executive Secretary from 5 – 8 August 2019, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Followed by a Public Lecture on Deepening Integration in SADC and a retreat for the SADC’s Directorate of Policy, Planning and Resource Mobilisation.

The objective of the retreat for the Office of the SADC’s Executive Secretary was to reflect on the functions of the Office, as well, as to discuss and recommend approaches for increasing efficiency.

The retreat facilitated open feedback among participants, allowing them to reflect on achievements and challenges whilst addressing difficult questions and recommending a way forward.

Delivering welcoming remarks, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja expressed warm gratitude to the SADC Secretariat for all the cooperation and support it extended through its partnership with the Institute.

He urged participants to actively participate in the retreat sessions whilst stressing that only they could determine the lessons to take. He further encouraged them to use the opportunity of being in Tanzania to visit various tourist attractions that the country has.

In her remarks, the Executive Secretary of SADC, H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax thanked UONGOZI Institute for accepting the request to facilitate the retreat.

“We appreciate UONGOZI Institute’s role in this and it shows how the Institute is committed to enhancing leadership in our region,” expressed H.E. Tax.

She encouraged participants to be honest and identify solutions to address the existing challenges at the Secretariat. She emphasised on ownership and practicability of the proposed solutions.

She said, “We need ownership, particularly in planning. When you start there, it spreads to other areas. So, try as much as possible to come up with recommendations that are practical to allow us to move to the top.”

2019 Leadership Essay Competition Winner announced

We are pleased to announce Panashe G.R. Gombiro from Zimbabwe as the winner of this year’s African Youth Leadership Essay Competition.

The Competition, organised annually by UONGOZI Institute, aims to provide a space for the youth of Africa and the next generation of leaders in the region to contribute to important discussions on leadership and sustainable development.Since 2013, seven Competitions have been organised.

This year, African citizens between 18 – 25 years were asked to respond to the following question:

“If you were an African leader, how would you promote sustainable use of the renewable natural resources for fostering socio-economic transformation in Africa?”

Over 2,000 essays from 21 African countries were received and rigorously evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Originality, creativity, critical thinking (10 points)
  • Structure, organization/logical flow (3 points)
  • Content addressing the question above (7 points)

The four highest scoring essays determined the top four winners. The three runners-up following Gombiro are:

  • Kelvin Mugisha Mutagwaba (Tanzania) – 1st runner-up
  • Dimowo Ofuje Cosmas (Nigeria) – 2nd runner-up
  • Cissè N. Wassa (Ivory Coast) – 3rd runner-up

In recognition of their achievement, the overall winner and three runners-up were invited to attend the plenary session of the Africa Leadership Forum, convened by H.E. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 29th – 30th August, 2019. They also attended the African Leadership Forum Gala Dinner on the 29th, where they were announced at an award ceremony, officiated by H.E. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa.

The overall winner received a certificate and cash prize of $2,000. Cash prizes and certificates were also awarded to each runner-up.

UONGOZI Institute would like to thank each one of the 2,000+ young African citizens who participated in this year’s competition.


Find out what H.E. Mkapa said about Gambiro’s Essay

Panashe G.R. Gombiro (right) receives an award as overall winner of this year’s Competition from the former President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Thabo Mbeki (right).
The first runner-up of this year’s Competition, Kelvin Mugisha Mutagwaba (left), receives his award.
The second runner-up of this year’s Competition, Dimowo Ofuje Cosmas (left), receives his award.
The third runner-up of this year’s Competition, Cissè N. Wassa (left), receives her award.
The four winners of this year’s competition pose in a photo with the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan (1st row – middle); and former Presidents of Madagascar, Tanzania, Somalia and South Africa (2nd row).