2012 SYMPOSIUM ON DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM’S MWALIMU JULIUS NYERERE PROFESSORIAL CHAIR IN DEVELOPMENT CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IN PREPARING PAPERS
1 The above - mentioned two-day Symposium on Development, with the overall theme of “Enhancing Human Capital and Productivity for Faster Development in Tanzania”, is planned to be held in the fourth week of October 2012 under the auspices of the Mwalimu Nyerere Chair in Development.
The main objective of the Symposium would be to inform and promote development dialogue among the key development stakeholders (academics, civil society, representatives of government, development partners, etc) on essential issues and forward-looking strategies pertaining to pro-poor or inclusive growth and development in Tanzania. The forum is therefore intended to serve as a platform for analyzing and discussing both past and present strategies and policies and exploring what is required for the future. The Symposium will also be a main University activity in honour of Mwalimu Nyerere’s efforts towards accelerated national and Third World development.
2. Development dialogue and debate in Tanzania have taken rather specific and deep roots in recent years. Issues being raised include the apparent contradiction or paradox between the country’s natural wealth-endowment and the well-being of its people; the persistence of significantly wide-spread poverty along with relatively decent aggregate economic growth; the deficiencies in educational quality, given the economy’s future technological, empowerment, and other demands; and the uncertainties threatening the country’s relatively recent record of macroeconomic stability. Thus, a more informed and interactive dialogue on these and related issues could not have been more timely than the present.
3(A)Expressions of interest for preparing papers are invited from scholars, researchers, and policy analysts specialized in key aspects of the sub-themes indicated below.
(a) The Challenges of Preserving Macroeconomic Stability in a context of accelerated growth.
(b) Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania: how satisfactory has
the recent experience been, and what are the policy and other implications?
(c) Productivity trends in the Tanzanian economy: some conclusions and policy
implications (as much as possible based on comparative country and other
(d) A strategic approach to Education and Skills Growth: quantity, quality,
costs, and developmental dividends.
(e) Marshalling Human Capital and Technology for Agricultural
Modernisation and Productivity.
(f) Enhancing Capacity and Instruments for Maximising Gains from Mineral
3(B) For suggested but important lead highlights for any of the sub-themes, please
send a brief request to the following email addresses:- firstname.lastname@example.org or
Attention: Mwalimu Nyerere Chair in Development.
While flexibility (and freedom) will be encouraged in interpreting the highlights,
it is deemed desirable for the eventual symposium papers to, as much as
(i) envisage comparative country (and related) analytical approaches;
(ii) take on board key cross- cutting issues such as gender, the private sector,
environment, etc; and
(iii) scan the past (at least the last decade and a half),
present the current situation, and project possible future scenarios. In order to
encourage interactive development dialogue at the Symposium, the total number
of papers will be limited to about six.
4. The deadline for submission of the Expressions of Interest is May 21, 2012.
These should be submitted together with respective CVs, and short outlines of
the proposed approaches to the respective intended papers (about 2 pages).
Please forward them to the email contacts as in para 3 (B) above.
5. It is planned to pay honoraria to the selected paper authors, and to publish the
main Symposium papers together with key conclusions of the proceedings.
For further information please contact:-
Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair in Development
Department of Economics
University of Dar es Salaam
P.O. Box 35045
Dar es Salaam.
Email: as in para 3 (B) above.