ILPI established its presence in Tanzania in 2009, analysing the Zanzibar political process that concluded with the establishment of a Government of National Unity in Late 2010. ILPI is currently involved in a broad set of activities in Tanzania, from high-quality academic work, policy development and consultancies to support diplomatic interventions and risk analysis for international actors.
ILPI has staff located in Zanzibar and in Arusha / Dar on the mainland. Our work in Tanzania has focused on political and conflict analysis, election observation and interventions aimed at strengthening democracy and governance, anti-corruption, legal and constitutional analysis, and conflict mitigation and prevention. ILPI’s funding clients have been national governments, international multilateral agencies and bilateral development partners.
Tanzania is currently in the midst of a constitutional review process, which will determine the country’s and in many ways the entire region’s direction in the coming years. ILPI has been closely following and analyzing this process to assess the legal and political implications at national, regional and international levels. As part of the project Tanzania Towards 2015, ILPI is looking at the political and social dynamics driving change and causing potential instability in Tanzania. ILPI’s mobile phone based panel survey on Zanzibar which is developed in cooperation with the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), is modeled on a similar survey in Tanzania mainland by Twaweza, an innovative research based NGO. The ILPI project Tanzania Towards 2015 documents ordinary Tanzanians’ opinions about important policy and social issues facing both sides of the Republic. The mobile phone based panel survey in Zanzibar is a powerful new research tool that can be used to follow not only the changing political and social dynamics in Zanzibar, but also provide important data points shaping policy, development and service delivery as such on the isles.
ILPI’s team of experts and our permanent presence over a long time in Tanzania allow us to conduct not only cutting edge and directly applied research on what is taking place in Tanzania, but also study how new economic and social realities are shaping the region. This includes how youth attitudes are changing towards the state and how this is reshaping the broader political culture and national identity. Furthermore, ILPI’s expertise on strengthening democracy and governance, fighting corruption and enhancing transparency reflects some of the key challenges facing a region that is about to experience a huge influx of capital from recent oil and gas discoveries. ILPI Tanzania is working in concert with the ILPI representations in Ethiopia, and is thus able to capitalize on how regional trends and events impact on national developments in Tanzania.
By applying academic standards to our operational experience, constant monitoring and deep understanding, ILPI will continue to offer unique analysis, policy solutions and legal recommendations in the dynamic operating environment in Tanzania.