Rationale for Establishment of MEI Centre
The continuous contracting trend of formal employment opportunities among Tanzanian graduates in both public and private sector.
Tanzania is endowed with abundant of natural resources including land, river and lakes, mineral deposits, wild life and forests and many other tourists’ attractions. Nevertheless, Tanzania is witnessing low economic growth and wealth creation especially in the rural areas. In addition, the internal investment in various businesses including industries is still low.
The capacity of small entrepreneurs and small holder farmers to add value in natural products and agricultural products is still low.
IRDP has committed itself in increasing the pace of rural development through its graduates based on the fact that among the objectives of its establishment is to increase the number of highly qualified personnel in preparing development plans so as to reduce poverty specifically in rural areas and bring about development which can be sustained. Regrettably, many of IRDP graduates continued to depend on formal employment opportunities which has resulted into reluctance to return to rural areas to identify, innovate as well as identify, capitalize, harness and seize the abundant of available opportunities to use rural resources to generate wealth.
Complementing and supporting the government efforts for poverty reduction through is various programs for economic strengthening such as Tanzania Development Vision 2025, National Strategy For Growth & Reduction of Poverty and Five Years Development Plan (FYDP-II 2016/17 2020/21).
Contribute efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDGs) namely specifically SDG No.8, specifically SDG No.8.3 which emphasize on capacity building for entrepreneurship and innovations among the society members as one of the ways to increase employment opportunities and reduce poverty.
A number of research and publications show that one of the root causes of extreme poverty in Tanzania is the deficiency of entrepreneurial and innovation skills among the higher education graduates. In this regard, building capacity on entrepreneurship and innovation among the Tanzania higher education graduates as well as the citizen who live in the rural areas is inevitable for realization higher economic development, most notably, industrial based economy.