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Strengthening Government Capacity in Tanzania


  • Tanzania’s service delivery is stymied by gaps within and across sectors.
  • The PS3 project, funded by USAID and led by Abt Associates, is working with local officials to close the gaps.
  • Improved communication systems have already shown signs of promise.
The Challenge

Despite tremendous economic growth, more than 28 percent of Tanzanians live below the poverty line and lack access to basic services. This is due in part to weak internal systems, as service delivery gaps exist within and across sectors.

The Approach

Abt Associates is leading the five-year USAID Public Sector Systems Strengthening Activity (PS3) to help strengthen systems at national, regional, and council levels. The interdisciplinary PS3 team—including researchers, financiers, IT experts and former public officials—promotes the delivery, quality, and use of public services in the health sector and beyond. They work with local governments on inclusive and evidence-based planning, management, and implementation of services.
The consortium of seven partners, including four Tanzanian organizations, focuses on five cross-cutting components:

  • Governance and citizen engagement;
  • Human resources;
  • Financial management;
  • Information systems; and
  • Operations research.

PS3 also works on cross-cutting interventions, including women’s empowerment, private-sector engagement, and communications and knowledge management.

The Results

PS3, which extends to the year 2020, has installed or extended local area networks in half of the country’s government areas. This addresses a chronic bandwidth problem identified by local officials as an impediment to service delivery. PS3 has also launched two critical products: Redesigned planning and reporting software, called PlanRep, and a financial management system called FFARS.

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