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DEEP Challenge Fund: Tanzania launch event

*Applications are now closed*

The new DEEP Challenge Fund launched at a workshop at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania in March, attended by Tanzania government representatives, academics, NGOs, and others. The new grant aims to improve national strategy, policy and programmes affecting poverty and vulnerability to poverty in Tanzania, by funding national researchers and analysts to generate insights and evidence tailored to policymakers’ needs.

Tanzania was selected to be the first focus country for the DEEP Challenge Fund due to its pressing poverty reduction challenges and a desire and need for research evidence and policy change. The fund will roll out in Bangladesh and Ethiopia later this year. The research focus, aims and scope of the Tanzania Challenge Fund are being shaped by Tanzanian policy makers and other key stakeholders.

Keynote speaker, Professor Samuel Wangwe, said: “The DEEP Challenge Fund is a crucial answer to the long-standing issue that ‘our efforts to combat poverty are like navigating in the dark without accurate statistics’. By enabling Tanzanian researchers to collect the information required for well-informed decision making, the fund ushers in a new era of evidence-based policy development.”


Professor Wangwe was joined by speakers Dr John Mduma, Professor Beatrice Mkenda and Dr. Amanda Lenhardt, and Dr Charles Sokile, Pamela Shao, Simon Hunt, Nick Lindsay and Jamie Williams from the DEEP team at Oxford Policy Management. Workshop attendees heard about what data and evidence is needed to help policymakers tackle poverty in Tanzania, including the research priorities identified by DEEP’s new evidence gap mapping work – to help applicants to develop ideas and analysis that are particularly relevant to current national policy and programmes or to the emerging Vision 2050. Professor Jehovaness Aikaeli led the event.

Small and medium grants will be allocated to organisations and/or individuals following a competitive bidding process. Proposals are encouraged which will help generate new insights about the drivers of poverty – such as climate change, COVID, urbanisation, migration, conflict, social exclusion and social norms – or analysis on ‘what works?’ in relation to government policies and programmes that include poverty reduction objectives.

For updates about research funded by the new grant visit Challenge Fund Tanzania.