About the Institute of Rural Development Planning

The Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) is a corporate body established by the Parliamentary Act No. 8 of 1980s.

This Act provides a legal framework for the Institute to be established as an important national centre for provision of training, research and consultancy services in the field of rural development planning and management with main objective of alleviating qualitative and quantitative shortage of skilled manpower within the framework of sustainable capacity building directed towards reducing poverty and attaining sustainable development

IRDP strives to enhance and strengthen capacity for rural development practitioners by providing post-secondary education and training, research and consultancy services

IRDP is thus a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial institute empowered to oversee and coordinate the provision of expertise to in-service and pre-service personnel involved in rural development planning in the country

Since its establishment, IRDP has been shaping destinies in planning and research methodologies focusing on the future prosperity of its students. As a result, graduates with IRDP qualifications have made valuable contributions in their fields. They are a proof of our unique approach of learning and training methodologies.

IRDP Provides a conducive environment for teaching, learning and working to both students and staff. This includes library, academic blocks and the multipurpose hall.


To be a center of excellence in planning for sustainable development.


To conduct quality training, research and consultancy services for public and private sectors through effective and efficient use of resources to enhance planning for sustainable development with emphasis to rural areas.

Functions of the Institute

The functions of IRDP as stipulated in the establishment Act No 8 of 1980 are:


To promote social and economic development by providing opportunities for the study of and training in the principles, techniques and their practical applications in all aspects of rural development planning.


To provide facilities, places and centres of learning, education, training and research in rural development planning and other related subjects and disciplines as the council may from time to time decide.


To conduct training programmes in all disciplines related to rural development planning including the preparation, application and evaluation of development programmes.


To undertake, either alone or in association with any other person or body of persons within or outside the United Republic of Tanzania, research in methodology and techniques of improving regional and rural development planning.


To monitor and co-ordinate research and training programmes related to rural development.


To collect, publish or otherwise disseminate data and other information related to rural development including the publication of results of any research carried out by the Institute.


To sponsor, arrange or provide facilities for conferences, seminars or symposia on subjects related to rural development planning


To provide advisory, consultancy and other services to the government, organizations, villages and individuals in matters related to rural development planning.


To prepare students for examinations as may be conducted by the Institute and to grant such awards as may be prescribed under or in accordance with the Act.


To establish and maintain a system of consultation and co-operation with any person or body of persons within or outside the United Republic of Tanzania engaged in activities related to the functions of the Institute.


To perform any other function conferred upon the Institute by or under the Act.

Guiding Principles

In line with the IRDP’s Vision and Mission, the main principles guiding the Institute’s day to day operations include:

a. Integrity and accountability

b. Respect for the individual

c. Effectiveness

d. Efficiency

e. Participatory management

f. Continuous learning


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Prof. Martha Qorro

Chairperson of the Governing Council

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Prof. Martha A.S. Qorro


[+255] 22-2410765 | [+255] 768-888281


Centre for Communication Studies

University of Dar-es-Salaam

P.O Box 35040, Dar-es-Salaam

Mr. Mick Lutechura Kiliba

- Member

- Director, President's Office Analysis Department

[+255] 754-077999 | [+255] 784-077999 | [+255] 739-077999


1 Barabara ya Julius Nyerere, Chamwino

President's Office

P.O Box 1102, 40400 DODOMA

Prof. Mpanduji, Donald Gregory

- Member

- Deputy Vice Chancellor (P. F. A.)

[+255] 262-310-003 | [+255] 787-487929 | [+255] 713-321027

mpanduji.donald@udom.ac.tz | dgmpanduji@gmail.com

University of Dodoma

University of Dodoma

P.O Box 259, DODOMA

Ms. Grace J. M. Mfinanga

- Member

- Principal Parliamentary Draftsman I (Retired)

[+255] 784-198759 | [+255] 787-487929 | [+255] 762-198759


Mtumba - Government City

Attorney General's Office

P.O Box 360, DODOMA

Bw. Eliud Tawi Nyauhenga

- Member

- Deputy Manager, Road Funds Board

[+255] 787-101205 | [+255] 655-101205

eliud.nyauhenga@gmail.com | enyauhenga@roadsfund.go.tz

Sam Nujoma Road, Dar-es-Salaam

Mawasiliano Tower

P.O Box 1249, Dar-es-Salaam

Dr. Steward Ngagard Lulamye

- Member

- Lecturer, Researcher and Consultant

[+255] 22-2820041 | [+255] 754-099326 | [+255] 655-099326

steward.lulamye@mnma.ac.tz | lulamyesn@gmail.com


The Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy

P.O Box 9193, Dar-es-Salaam

Mr. George Nathaniel Mandepo

- Member

- Director. Office of the Solicitor

[+255] 754-375056 | [+255] 715-375056

george.mandepo@osg.go.tz | mandepog@gmail.com


Office of the Solicitor General

P.O Box 71554, Dar-es-Salaam

Mr. Benedicto Bhishikana Kazuzuru

- Member

- Senior Lecturer

[+255] 567-209202 | [+255] 744-395925

kazuzuru@sua.ac.tz | kazuzurub@gmail.com

Sokoine University of Agriculture

Sokoine University of Agriculture

P.O Box 3038, Morogoro

Dr. Samwel Marwa Werema

- Member

- Lecturer

[+255] 787-301356 | [+255] 767-301356


Njiro, Arusha

Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA)

P.O Box 2798, Arusha

Mr. Michael Ogwari John

- Member

- Director for Human Resource and Administration

[+255] 713-363506 | [+255] 742-701003

michael.john4@hazina.go.tz | ogwarisotz@yahoo.co.uk

Mtumba, Government City

Ministry of Finance and Planning

P.O Box 2802, Dodoma

Mr. Semroki Mwanyika Musa

- Member

- Deputy General Internal Auditor

[+255] 769-763203 | [+255] 655-763203

mwanyika.semroki@hazina.go.tz | mmsemroki@gmail.com

18 Jakaya Kikwete Road

Ministry of Finance and Planning (Treasury Square)

P.O Box 2802, 40468 Dodoma

Mr. James John Ngeleje

- Member

- President, Mipango Institute Students' Organization

[+255] 759-141292


Institute of Rural Development Planning - Dodoma

Institute of Rural Development Planning

P.O Box 138, Dodoma

Tanzania Census 2022