WIDER Seminar Series

William Pallangyo on the safety of women traders in the informal sector in Tanzania

William Pallangyo gave a presentation on 19 August 2020, as part of the Sustainable development solutions for Tanzania – strengthening research to achieve SDGs project. The presentation was held as a webinar.

Abstract - The Informal Sector and Safety of Women Traders in Tanzania

The research assesses involvement of women traders, safety factors and existing policies and legislations in the informal sector in Tanzania. The mixed research approach was used to get statistical data and gain understanding on women traders and informal sector.

The findings indicate that women traders in the informal sector are involved in various economic activities. However, women traders were experiencing unfavourable trading conditions, and a limited access to finance and business development services. There is existence of national policies and legislation that addresses women traders in the informal sector. However, there is a gap between stated policies, legislations and actual practices.

Women traders in the informal sector in Tanzania need more access to financial services, upgraded business skills and business development services for sustainable incomes and productive employment.

About the speaker

Dr William Amos Pallangyo holds a PhD in Policy, Development and Management from the University of Manchester (UK), Masters in Governance and Development from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and Advanced Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Development Management-Mzumbe (Tanzania). He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer of Leadership and Management at the Law School of Tanzania.

Previously, he was working with the Open University of Tanzania as Senior Lecturer of public administration and public policy. He has taught in the Tanzanian higher learning institutions for over fifteen years. He has conducted several research studies in the development, management, monitoring and evaluation of education, public administration, and public policies. He has published four books on the Tanzanian local government reforms, managing consultancy, training of trainers and open and distance learning research policy.

Dr Pallangyo has supported the public and private sectors by provision of consultancies to over forty clients, including, the Ministries, Departments, Agencies and international and local non-governmental organizations.