Michigan State University, the Institute of Resource Assessment at University of Dar es Salaam, the Dar es Salaam University College of Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and the Aga Khan Foundation have partnered together to develop the Tanzanian Partnership Program (TPP), the first initiative of Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development.
TPP’s international partners play a critical role in building in-country relationships and contribute a depth of knowledge and expertise on important research and development issues. Partners form a vital alliance with the ability to address a broad range of challenges to achieve sustainable livelihoods at the community level. These organizations may be joined by additional organizations as community needs warrant.
As the oldest and largest university in Tanzania, established in 1966, the University of Dar es Salaam brings to the program a highly skilled collection of faculty in nine colleges and five institutes. Program activities will emphasize those faculty representing the biological, agricultural, health, and environmental sciences. The primary faculty represented initially in this program will be from the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA). IRA is a research institute at the University of Dar Es Salaam focused on natural resources and the environment, water resources, population and human settlement, and agriculture systems. Research outputs consist of monographs, research papers, research reports, and service papers.
The College of Education (DUCE) was established as a constituent college of the University of Dar es Salaam in 2005. The college was established to address an acute shortage of teachers and experts in the education sector as a result of the expansion of primary education enrollments through the Primary Education Development Programme and the creation of the new secondary schools through the Secondary Education Development Programme. This shortage was most acute in the areas of science, mathematics, and language education. DUCE is helping to alleviate this shortage by providing quality education training to a new generation of Tanzanian teachers and educators.
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) began as an agricultural college in 1964. SUA was elevated to university status in 1984. The vision of the university is to become a center of excellence and a valued member of the global academic community in agriculture and other related fields, with emphasis on impacting practical skills, entrepreneurship, research, and integration of basic and applied knowledge in an environmentally-friendly manner. The university's research motto is to encourage multi-disciplinary research for sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty. The university's four faculties, two colleges, two institutes, and two centers are dedicated to advancing knowledge in agriculture, forestry, sustainable rural development, the environment, and veterinary medicine.
Considered by many as one of the world's best development foundations, the Aga Khan Foundation is a private, non-denominational organization devoted to volunteerism, philanthropy, and community service. In East Africa, the foundation focuses on education, rural development, health, civil society, and the environment. Their development initiatives in Southern Tanzania promotes sustainable livelihoods for impoverished rural communities. The Aga Khan Foundation is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network, an agency devoted to finding sustainable solutions to long-term problems resulting from poverty through community-based participatory practice.