There are two graduate economics programs at the Department of Economics, Masters and Ph.D. These programs are run in collaboration with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). Members of the project are involved in teaching and supervising the students. The project also provides financial support to graduate students who write policy oriented theses in the areas of environmental and resource economics.
Environment for development Tanzania (EfDT) hosted in the Department of Economics at the University of Dar es salaam strives to improve education and research and aims at preparing graduate students to be competent in environmental economics research and policy. Working alongside environmental economists who are prominent scholars and practitioners, graduate students develop the knowledge, skills, values, and habits of mind needed to serve the environment as researchers, teachers, consultants, and collaborators, particularly in the area of environment and policy.
The EfDT offers academic support in writing thesis/dissertation and research to meet the academic mission of the university. We do this by building the capacity of students that are writing on environment and poverty to not only meet their learning or research goals, but be innovative in the process; and by fostering relationships with key partners, in formal and informal settings. This is to ensure, wherever possible and appropriate, that MA and PhD studying on environmental economics and poverty issues lead to both an academic qualification and recognition by environmental economists. Also to ensure that thesis/dissertation meet relevant external benchmarks for standards and quality.
Courses related to Environmental Economics
- Econ 636 Environmental Economics I
- Econ 637: Environmental Economics II
- Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
The EfDT staff also conduct training to civil servants in both governmental and non-governmental institutions as part of the capacity building strategies. We have developed a training manual that aim at developing and facilitating effective mainstreaming of environmental and poverty concerns in policy, planning and monitoring processes in Tanzania through articulating the linkages between poverty and environment on the one hand and economic growth on the other.
The main objective is to provides reference to concepts, strategies, policies, and guidelines, Also addresses strategic issues related to planning, implementation and evaluation of environmental policies and strategies and identifies key actors and stakeholders. However, the manual itself is intended to:
- impart skills needed by policy makers and practitioners in order to analyze poverty-environment linkage;
- Familiarize stakeholders with approaches used in analyzing poverty-environment linkage;
- Identify roles and responsibilities of different actors and stakeholders in the continuum of policy process related to poverty-environment linkage;
- Assist in developing poverty-environment indicators for monitoring policies and strategies,
- Identify approaches to financial resources mobilization for environmental management.