This report analyses a small sample of feedback to the Poverty Reduction
Strategy Paper (PRSP) as it was explained in
Tanzania bila Umaskini.
This sample was received through CONCERN WORLDWIDE who organized and
facilitated discussions and feedback in districts where it is active.
The purpose of the report is to disseminate the grassroots
perspective on the PRSP to Government policy makers and their
development partners. A series of other reports will come later.
One hundred of over 1,400 written responses from different individuals
and locations were randomly selected for analysis. Each response was
coded for the number of mentions of 20 pre-determined PRSP and 12 non-PRSP
issues. Response variations with respect to individuals, location and
sex were noted.
The issues of good governance and community participation
account for 53% of the responses. This result suggest that, if poverty
is to be eradicated in Tanzania, the Government must provide high
quality services in all the sectors, using a highly participatory
A further 27% of the responses are covered by the issues of Tax
Reform, Education, Agriculture and Gender. This
demonstrates that priorities amongst particular groups in particular
parts of the country may not always align with overall national
Responses from individuals tend to be more detailed, focusing on
a few specific PRSP issues. Regarding location, responses from
southern regions (Lindi and Mtwara) gave a more insightful perspective
on PRSP than the other regions.
Response variations with respect to gender showed that women tend
to give more constructive ideas on PRSP (especially gender) when they
are in their own group than when they are grouped together with men.
Based on the understanding of its great complexity, poverty in Tanzania
needs more intensive research to test the effectiveness of the Poverty
Reduction Strategy Process.