Prof. James E. Lwelamira
had a vision of being a centre of excellence for both studies and practical work in rural development planning for poverty reduction and sustainable development. Its mission is to facilitate the process of development planning and management with an emphasis on rural areas.
The Institute offers both short and long term courses, conducting consultancy services and research activities in a wide range of issues. Among others, short courses and consultancy services offered by the Institute are on the matters related to Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Write-up, Business Planning, Governance, Data Management; Social Security, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Gender and Development, Training/Capacity Need Assessment, GIS and Remote Sensing, and Change Management.
The Institute also publishes two Peer Reviewed Journals “Rural Planning Journals (RPJ)’ and “Planning and Development Initiative Journal (PDIJ)” each published twice annually. The Journals publish papers from scholars within and outside the Institute.
Staff of the Institute constitutes a wide range of expertise in research covering fields of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock, Food Security, Business and Investment, Regional Planning, Settlement Planning, Public Health, Education Services and Governance among others. The Department also oversees publication of two Journals published by the Institute. The Journals are Rural Planning Journals (RPJ), published twice per year and Planning and Development Initiative Journal (PDIJ) published once per year. Read More
The Department offer short courses and consultancy services among others in matters related to Strategic Planning; Budgeting; Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project write-up, Business Planning; Governance; Data management, Social Security, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH), Gender and Development, Training/Capacity Need Assessment, GIS and Remote Sensing, Change Management.
The Institute is currently running “ Ecovillage Adaptation to Climate Change in Central Tanzania” project sponsored by European Union (EU). The Project is aimed at improving resilience to climate change among rural households of Chamwino District and Dodoma City. The Project is in Phase II and it is implemented in Collaboration with Dodoma City Council, Chamwino District Council, Hombolo Agricultural Research Centre, Dodoma Environmental Network (DONET), Maji na Maendeleo Dodoma (MAMADO), and Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM).