Review of the Tanzania-Norway NUFU Programme (2007-2011) : Submitted to the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU)
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The scope of the ‘The Tanzania - Norway NUFU Programme 2007 - 2011’ is to support academic cooperation in the area of management of natural resources, forestry, fisheries and/or wildlife, with a focus on good governance and a reliable public administration. The focus of the review has been on its efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, and sustainability. The evaluators reviewed the Programme’s gender approach, risk management, and anti-corruption measures. A special emphasis was also given to ‘policy dialogue’ with relevant policy makers, as this dialogue is viewed as an important tool for achieving impact of development. Finally, the review sought to provide recommendations to guide the further implementation of the Programme. All in all, the review concludes that the ‘The Tanzania - Norway NUFU Programme 2007 - 2011’ has to a large extent been successfully implemented from its start and until spring 2010. The academic cooperation between SUA and UDSM and their Norwegian counterpart, UMB, seems to function relatively smoothly. The Programme has succeeded in recruiting PhD candidates and Master students, and in total reached 50% female participation among students. The Programme has significantly contributed to capacity building at SUA and UDSM. Its thematic focus is of relevance to national policies both in Tanzania and in Norway, and our findings show that the thematic approach of the four projects supported is of central value to the institutions involved. The review finds that project coordinators at both sides are actively involved in decision-making. The potential of impacting on development in Tanzania will clearly increase if the Programme performs well in relation to the number of scientific publications, dissemination and policy-dialogue, as well as the development of study programmes. The Programme should moreover enhance its gender mainstreaming efforts, and better integrate gender issues into the projects’ thematic focus.