Lake Victoria: A threatened giant?

By Melisande Denis With a surface area of over 68,600 km², Lake Victoria is the widest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world: as such, it provides crucial environmental services to its riparian communities. Its basin, shared between each member states of the East African Community with the exception of South … Continue reading Lake Victoria: A threatened giant?

Why Nations Fail – A book review

By Melisande Denis Why are some countries rich, and why are others poor? What can account for economic disparities across the world? Analyzing three millennia of world history and focusing on case studies from extremely diverse countries, Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson address these questions in their book Why Nations Fail, The Origins of … Continue reading Why Nations Fail – A book review

Technical and vocational education has a vital role to play in Africa’s sustainable development

Gwamaka Kifukwe Everyone appreciates a quality craftsmanship, whether it is artistic or functional – and yet, we do not encourage our youths to pursue opportunities and livelihoods that require technical and vocational education. This is severely curtailing the potential for technical and vocational education to contribute to Sustainable Development – and much of the problem … Continue reading Technical and vocational education has a vital role to play in Africa’s sustainable development

Industrial Development in Tanzania: renewed commitment amidst persistent challenges

by Dennis Rweyemamu  The fifth phase Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has demonstrated renewed commitment to industrialization, as part of a broader agenda to create employment opportunities and substantially reduce poverty. This renewed commitment to promoting industrial development is timely. Literature suggests that economic development requires structural change from low to high-productivity activities, … Continue reading Industrial Development in Tanzania: renewed commitment amidst persistent challenges

Is there a right formula for managing the oil and gas sector in Tanzania?

by Namwaka Omari Discussion and debates around natural resources in Tanzania have in recent years focused on the projected revenues from the gas sector. The new discoveries of natural gas have shifted the nation’s conversation to turn to look at what this gas can do for the country. The underlying assumption here is that if … Continue reading Is there a right formula for managing the oil and gas sector in Tanzania?

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 16

Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels This goal, with a focus on governance, was not included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the preceding form of the SDGs. It is of particular importance for Africa … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Series: Goal 16

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 9

Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation SDG Nine focuses on the physical elements that surround the global population, which are integral in achieving sustainable development, but can be forgotten when weighed against issues such as healthcare and poverty. This goal emphasizes not only the most commonly thought of … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 9

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 8

Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Goal Eight, like Goal Seven, also does not stem directly from the Millennium Development Goals, with its emphasis on the economies of countries rather than some of the social indicators referenced in other goals. Part of this … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Series: Goal 8

Sustainable Development Goals Series: Goal 7

Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all This SDG is the first that really doesn’t seem to originate in any direct way from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is likely due to the particular focus of this agenda on the sustainability aspect of development rather than development in … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals Series: Goal 7