REPOA was established in 1994 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) under the name of “Research on Poverty Alleviation Programme Limited” and registered as a company limited by Guarantee not having share capital. In October 2014 the name of the organization was changed to REPOA Limited in order to reflect its broader mandate without losing the brand name already established.
Following The Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No.3) Act, 2019, which amended the NGO Act No 24 of 2002 and the Companies Act (CAP. 212), REPOA was re-registered in July 2019 as an NGO, subject to the provisions of the NGO Act No. 24 of 2002 and its subsequent amendments. The effects of these regulatory changes relate mainly to the mechanism of reporting and accountability to a different government authority, and the requirement for renewal of registration every ten years. The objects of the organization as stated in REPOA’s Constitution remains principally the same as before.
Training Amid the Pandemic: Instilling Knowledge at a Distance
As organizations around the world postpone and cancel in-person events in response to the pandemic, we have seen accelerated adoption of both remote working and digital learning.
Similarly, this year we took the annual Tanzania natural resource governance capacity-building program run by the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI) and REPOA online – delivering the course on the online platform, Zoom.
It was a steep learning curve. Our experience shows that successful online training requires meticulous preparation and teamwork – from preparation and the selection of participants, through to delivery.
TadeCom II- ACP Capacity Building Programme
This programme aims at strengthening the capacity of policymakers, exporters, and trade associations to assess and review trade and related economic policies to promote trade competitiveness and diversification for widening trading opportunities within Tanzania, EAC including with the EU. The initiative will enhance the formulation and implementation of suitable trade policies, including strategies for strategic measures to harness the opportunities arising from the effective implementation of regional and international trade agreements.
With good progress made to develop infrastructure such as roads, harbours, and energy, real constraints on trade expansion and diversification remain at institutional and regulatory side. Notable challenges include weak understanding and knowledge about these constraints and their economic impact. Further, there is a need for improved evidence-informed understanding of the design and appropriateness of measures to effectively address these constraints. This programme seeks to improve the situation of the targeted groups, including trade promotion and facilitation agencies, policymakers, exporters of various commodities.
The programme complements other ongoing public and private interventions addressing Tanzania’s industrialization and trade competitiveness, both of which are key policy drives for Tanzania as outlined in the Second Five Year Development Plan and the long-term perspective plan 2011/12 – 2025/26.