Transformation for Growth, Employment and Poverty Reduction

Policy event on 28 November in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

This event, held in partnership with with REPOA, closes out our project on Jobs, poverty and structural change in Africa. The conference builds on the research from the collaborative project between REPOA and UNU-WIDER intended to examine challenges and prospects of transformation for inclusive growth, employment creation and poverty reduction in Tanzania.

The event responds to the demand for new knowledge on the process for socioeconomic transformation with a view to ensuring that benefits of growth are shared broadly among the majority of Tanzanians. While focused on Tanzania, the event programme provides policy insights for similar countries elsewhere in Africa. 


08:00-08:30 Registration, networking, and tea
08:30-08:45 Welcoming Remarks and project background
Donald Mmari, Executive Director REPOA
Finn Tarp, Director UNU-WIDER
08:45-09:00 Opening remarks
H.E. Einar Hebogård Jensen, Ambassador Embassy of Denmark
09:00-11:00 Presentation of selected project papers
Abel Kinyondo, Carol Newman, Finn Tarp: The Performance of Firms in Industrial Clusters: The Case of EPZ & SEZ in Tanzania | Slides

Alan Roe: Tanzania: From Mining to Oil & Gas | Slides

Blandina Kilama, Susan Newman: Behaviour of Banks | Slides

Tony Addison, Donald Mmari, Finn TarpShifting out of the informal sector: an analysis of incentives & policies | Slides
11:00-11:45 Q&A session
Facilitator – Dr. Abel Kinyondo
11:45-12:00 Closing and vote of thanks
Finn Tarp
12:00-13:00 Lunch and departure

About the project

The twin concerns of 'jobless growth' and slow poverty reduction are central challenges on the policy agenda in Africa. Poverty in Africa continues to be high; and the region has the lowest responsiveness of poverty to per capita income growth of any of the world’s developing regions. This research programme is intended to help fill the current knowledge gap on why Africans are 'working hard but working poor'. Recent research suggests that Africa’s structural pattern of growth during the last two decades is at least partly responsible.

The research objective of this project was to broaden our understanding of the structural transformation challenge in Africa, link it to issues of employment creation and poverty reduction in a more systematic way, and provide practical guidance for policy makers. This project includes five components: (I) Learning to Compete (L2C) publications and communications; (II) the practice of industrial policy; (III) industries without smokestacks; (IV) Natural resources, jobs and poverty; and (V) increasing the employment intensity of growth. Read more.