Dr John Ked Mduma, EfD research fellow in Tanzania is currently a technical advisor to NSGRP, National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty review process under the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.
The National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP) is better known in Tanzania by its Kiswahili acronym of MKUKUTA, Mkakati wa Kukuza Uchumi na Kuondoa Umaskini Taifa.
Mduma’s assignment started on April 1 2009 and will last for about nine months. His responsibilities in the review include technical support to NSGRP secretariat in:
(i) Review what has been implemented under NSGRP and assess what factors facilitated or inhibited implementation;
(ii) Assessing the systems, process and core reform programs with a view to ascertain their alignment and coordination;
(iii) Review the current situation in realistic to emerging opportunities and threats emanating form resent global economic trends and provide best feasible repositioning for Tanzania;
(iv) Ultimately – produce a sharper and more focused strategy that will unlock growth potentials and achieve significant improvement in welfare.
The NSGRP was first published by the United Republic of Tanzania under Vice president’s office on June 2005. It is informed by the aspirations of Tanzania’s Development Vision (Vision 2025) for high and shared growth, high quality livelihood, peace, stability and unity, good governance, high quality education and international competitiveness.
The NSGRP is committed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as internationally agreed targets for reducing poverty, hunger, diseases, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015.
The NSGRP is based on the achievement of three major clusters of broad outcomes for poverty reduction, namely:
(i) growth and reduction of income poverty;
(ii) improved quality of life and social well being; and,
(iii) good governance and accountability.