The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization affiliated with the government of Tanzania. It was created by an act of the Parliament of Tanzania in 1986 as a successor to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council. The Commission is a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Main offices are located in Dar es Salaam
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COSTECH Hosts a Joint IST – Africa CAAST – Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop

The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in collaboration with IIMC Ireland ( IST Africa Project Coordinator) on Monday 20th January 2014 organized a Joint IST Africa CAAST –Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop.

COSTECH which has a mandate role in Tanzania to promote and coordinate Research, Science, Technology and Innovation leverages the IST-Africa Initiative to actively promote the National Research Community by Presenting at International events.

COSTECH hosted that Workshop as it is a chapter on Tanzania as a part of the overall IST-Africa Study on ICT Initiatives and Research capacity. It is a chapter on Innovation Spaces and Living Labs in Tanzania as part of overall IST-Africa Study on Innovation ecosystem. It Publishes articles on ongoing and emerging ICT and Innovation activities in Tanzania on the IST-Africa portal and in the Newsletter.  It raises awareness of upcoming Calls for Proposals and international funding opportunities. Apart from that, it also has access to IST-Africa Network including Ministries and National Councils in 17 African Countries to share knowledge, experiences and success stories.

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda gives the welcoming remarks during the Workshop.

A cross section of the participants of the Joint IST Africa CAAST –Net Plus Horizon 2020 Workshop.

IST-Africa supports development of the Information Society and Knowledge Economy in Africa through International Research Cooperation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It also develops knowledge Sharing and Skills Transfer between IST-Africa Partners. It Supports Implementation of 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (Science, Information Society, Space) including Hosting JEG8 Meetings.

Councellor for Research and Innovation from the European Union Mr Stephane Hogan presents about Introduction to Horizon 2020.Horizon 2020 is the new Framework Programme to implement Research and Innovation with funds of €80 billion from 2014 – 2020. Horizon 2020 addresses all research and innovation funding that was previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development, Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

IST-Africa is Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and Co-Funded under FP7 (Contract 288691).It is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Information Society, ICT, Science, Technology & Innovation Adoption, Policy and Research in 18 African Countries. IST-Africa was founded by IIMC in 2002 and it  has developed on a phased basis, gradually introducing new Partner Countries which are often at different stages of Information Society/ICT adoption, policy and research development.

Phase 1 includes South Africa, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Phase 2: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Uganda.Phase 3: Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt .Phase 4: Tunisia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Swaziland, Malawi.

IST- Africa also directly supports the goals of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST) and the Consolidated Plan of Action for the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAPKE).  IST- Africa is based on a Train the Trainer philosophy and Structured Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing between Partner Countries, to support Capacity Building and Generational Leapfrogging. It also organizes Participatory Training Workshops in Partner Countries focused on Living Labs (supporting Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and opportunities for International Research Cooperation including FP7 and Horizon 2020.

IST-Africa publishes Research Reports on Partner Country Information Society/ICT Policies, Initiatives and Research Priorities, and Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Cooperation

Pictures About the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding Between COSTECH – VSO – INASP – DTBi – PATA – BAMVITA

 COSTECH in partnership with VSO Tanzania, INASP, Dar es Salaam Teknohama  (DTBi), The Publishing Association of Tanzania (PATA) and BAMVITA, have signed a memorandum of Undustanding (MoU) to implement an inintiative that aims at Strengtherning Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania aimed at bringing together skills needed for research and publication.

 The Director General of Tanznaia Commission for Science and Technology ( COSTECH), Dr. Hassan Mshinda addressing the audience attended the event of signing MoU held at COSTECH Conference hall.

The VSO Country Director for Tanzania Mr. Jean Van Wetter giving a brief description during the event .

Ms Rose Tesha a programme Manager of the VSO Tanzania gives the briefing about the project of Strengthening Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing in Tanzania.

From the left is the  chairman of The Publishing Association of Tanzania (PATA) Mr.  Ian Ben Moshi  thanking all the stakeholders for signing the MoU. Next to him is the chairman of BAMVITA Mr.  Walter Bgoya.

The Director General of COSTECH, Hassan Mshinda and the VSO Country director for Tanzania signing the MoU.

Dr. Flora Ismail Tibazarwa, Director of Life Science at COSTECH  going through the signed  MoU

From left is the representive from DTBi Mr. Makange Mramba and the Director of Knowledge Management from COSTECH, Mr. Faith Shimba exchanging word during the event.

Memorandum of Understanding between COSTECH – VSO – INASP – DTBI – PATA – BAMVITA

Today January 7th,  2014 The Director General of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology together with the VSO country director, representatives from INASP, DTBi, PATA and BAMVITA have signed an MoU aimed at Strengthening  in Indigenous Academic and Digital Publishing  in Tanzania with the aim of bring together skills needed for research and publication.

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President of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete has appointed COSTECH Senior Research Officer Eng. Omari Jumanne Bakari a new Small Industries Development Organization(SIDO) Director General . According to a statement issued by the President’s Directorate of Communication, Eng Omar’s appointment started officially on 04th December 2013.Eng. Omar Jumanne Bakar (with a newspaper) shakes hand with a Morogoro District Executive Director Mr Jarvis Simbeye(left) during disbursement of seed fund to Cluster initiatives in Morogoro town. Looking on are Clusters members in Morogoro town

The statement said Eng. Omari Jumanne Bakar is an experienced Tanzanian with education, capability and skills to head the Small Industries Development Organization. He is expected to help the Tanzanian country to explore different opportunities arises from Private sector, entrepreneurship and investment for economic development.
The statement also noted that his appointment focuses on creating employment opportunities through the effective use of Science, Technology and Innovation to Small and Medium Enterprise


On 28th November 2013, the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Zanzibar Office, presented the  draft of the Zanzibar Research Agenda to the Presidential Research Committee, in Zanzibar.

Speaking during the event, Chairperson of the Presidential Research Committee Professor Ali Mshimba noted that the Zanzibar Research Agenda draws most of its recommendations from the Zanzibar Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (MKUZA), Five Year Development Plan and National Vision 2020, and other planning documents, and identifies priority areas that need research in order to address sectoral challenges, and strengthen the use of evidence informed decisions when formulating policies for sustainable socio-economic development. He also noted that once the final report is done, will be presented to the Zanzibar Planning Commission and then to the President for implementation. For more information about this event, please read the COSTECH November e-newsletter.

The COSTECH Zanzibar Office’s Senior Research Officer, Dr Afua Mohammed stresses a point during the presentation of the  draft of the Zanzibar Research Agenda. She is flanked by the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the 2nd Vice President’s Office Mr Said Shabani (right), together with research Officer, Ms. Neema Tindamanyire (left) from COSTECH Headquarters.


The Chairperson  of the Presidential Research Committee, Professor Ali Mshimba addreses the researchers and other stakeholders (not pictured) during the presentation of the draft of the Zanzibar Research Agenda. On his left is the COSTECH Director General Dr. Hassan Mshinda while on his right is the Deputy Permanent Secretary at the 2nd Vice President’s Office Mr Said Shabani together with the COSTECH Zanzibar Office’s Senior Research Officer, Dr Afua Mohammed.


COSTECH participated in the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam. A two day Congress which started from 30th October 2013 to 1 November 2013 is hosted by the City of Dar es Salaam in partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability –Africa. The interlinked Congress themes will include a strong emphasis on Local leadership, Financing and accelerating integrated action at the local and sub national level, underpinned by a special focus on the water –food energy nexus as pivotal pillars towards climate resilience in Africa.

Vise President of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal(first right) arrives at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es Salaam today to attend the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress .With him are the Minister of State in the PM’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Honorable Hawa Ghasia,Dar es salaam City Council Mayor ,Dr Didas Masaburi and and other Government officials.

The Vise President was the Guest of Honour who officiated the Congress.In his speech,Vise President insisted on the need to consider Local Climate Solutions for Africa.Quoting the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon,the Vise President said Climate Change affects us all but does not affect us equally. He therefore called on all Africans to take part in the Mobilization of financial, Technical and technological capacity and resources for Innovative Infrastructure development and green urban growth.

Katavi Regional Commissioner Dr Rajabu Rutengwe signs visitor’s book after paying visit to the COSTECH booth. COSTECH used the Local Climate Solutions for Africa (LOCS) 2013 Congress to exhibit its different activities under the Directorate of Life Sciences which also works closely with the TANBIF

 Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF demonstrates how Researchers from COSTECH prepared the distribution of Biodiversity Occurance data in Tanzania

A participant of the Local Climate Solutions For Africa(LOCS)2013 Congress reads a Checklist Book of Tanzania species version 1 of 2012 prepared by Hulda Gideon,Philbert Ninyondi and Godfrey Oyema from TANBIF.

TANBIF is an acronym of Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility. It is an extensive, decentralized system of national biodiversity information units that intends to provide free and universal access to data and information regarding Tanzania biodiversity. It is a national node of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). TanBIF was the main aspiration of the GBIF Capacity Enhancement Programme for Developing Countries (CEPDEC) Pilot Project in Tanzania.


The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013 (ICT Skills of Tomorrow)

The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013, a two day event, will be held the week beginning 18th November 2013 at a central location in Dar Es Salaam (venue and dates will be confirmed shortly). The First Tanzania ICT Summit 2013 will bring together leaders from government, industry and academia to discuss the future ICT skills and how Tanzania can prepare itself. It is widely accepted worldwide that the need for personnel with the required ICT skills is going to increase significantly in the next few years. Currently, most countries are already experiencing chronic shortage of relevant ICT skills. The ICT skills shortage situation is compounded further by the fact that higher learning institutions are not producing sufficient numbers of graduates with the right levels of technical skills to improve productivity, economic growth and innovation.

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Risk Management Capacity building to Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) staff has officially been launched today. The launching has been done following the decision of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to amend the Public Finance Act of 2011 which ordered all the Public Sector organizations to develop and implement their own Risk management frameworks as part of their Governance processes.

A cross section of COSTECH staff listen to the Presentation about Risk Management.

Speaking During the official Launch of the Risk Management Capacity building, COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda said on 28th February 2013,the Commission ordered COSTECH Management to implement the treasury circular number 12 of 2012/2013 by establishing  the Risk management Frame work before 30th June 2013.He also said activities such as preparation of COSTECH Risky Policy and Hand book, the training of Champions and identifications of Risks associated with COSTECH’S have already been done.

COSTECH Director General,Dr Hassan Mshinda (first left) gives the opening statement to officially launch the Risk Management Capacity Building to COSTECH staff.Looking on are COSTECH staff.

“We were just waiting for the capacity building which we have finally managed to launch today. It is our hope that the risk management capacity building will provide reasonable assurance that risks are identified, analyzed, managed and monitored at acceptable levels”, Said Dr Mshinda.

Earlier during the Risk Management Presentation, COSTECH Principal Research Officer, Dr Gerald Kafuku said, Risky is any uncertainty that surrounds future events and outcomes. He noted that Risk Management is based on making decision involving uncertain future situations which have impacts on achieving strategic objectives of an organization.

On his part COSTECH Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Shaaban Hussein emphasized that COSTECH management has prepared training program to be conducted by Risk Management Champions in each Directorate starting in November 2013 to enable workers to understand well that program.

COSTECH staff, Mr Conrad Katakweba asks a question on the need to maintain participatory approach in managing all the risks that are likely to impact COSTECH in achieving its overall as well as specific objectives. COSTECH has objectives of Promoting and coordinating scientific research, technology development, and technology transfer. It also Popularize of Science and Technology and dissemination of scientific and technological information.



Today COSTECH experienced a nice presentation from Senior Research Officer Festo Maro  who narrated his study tour to China.The expert who titled his presentation “Strategic Research and Formulation Methods for S&T Development” started by giving out the overview of the Science, Technology and Innovation Global Assessment Programme (STIGAP).He said STIGAP was  prepared with the objective to develop a global dialogue on data collection that will result in the capability to better assess and monitor  the development of STI at the international, regional and national levels. It responds to Integration ofRegional networks in global project with exchanges of ideas and progressive debates on STI, STI monitoring and policies.Stimulating technological and innovation catch up through a differentiated  budget  and promoting  assessments  that are based in the member states .Expansion of bottom up driven indicators  based on local appropriateness  and relevance  as well as  regional and global comparability.Inclusion of local knowledge, non-frontier technologies, informal sectors, diffusion, and knowledge society elements in the national and regional assessments


COSTECH Senior Research Officer  Festo Maro presents about evolution of Chinese Science,Technology and Innovation System.He said  the Science and Technology Policies in the Planned Economy (1949-1976) are  based on Endeavors Model,  collective ownership and Centralized National S&T management



COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(first left) centrates on the presentation.He said there is a need  to maintain Expansion of bottom up driven indicators  form the presentation  based on local appropriateness  and relevance  as well as  regional and global comparability.He also advised to think on the Inclusion of local knowledge, non-frontier technologies, informal sectors, diffusion, and knowledge society elements in the national and regional assessments





A cross section of COSTECH staff listens to the presentation. From the presentation people learnt that the formulation and implementation of S&T Plans  not only significantly promoted China’s S&T development, but also played a decisive role in the establishment and layout of Research institutes.They also acted as  disciplinary adjustment in higher-education institutions, goals for the cultivation of research personnel and their allocation, the S&T management system and methods, and the formation of S&T system.



Today COSTECH facilitated  Stakeholders Meeting to Information and Communication Technology stake holders at TANZA ICT hall. Coursera is an education program that partners with the top Universities and organizations in the World to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free through Information and Communication Technologies. The Information and Communication Technology enables different Top Universities all over the World to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. 

A cross section of ICT experts listen to the presentation about COURSERA project today at TANZA ICT COSTECH building 



Mr Felix Mlaki Program Operational Specialist explains the concept of COURSELA course.He said Coursela program is a pilot study which acts as a  catalyst for big results to  students and employees who have  no time of attanding classrom programs.The Project is facilitated by the World Bank Organization in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technolgy.

Curriculum Content specialist  Mgaga Mugiabusho emphasizes contents of the program.The  Pilot study program  starts  on 25th October 2013 and ends in January 2014.The program focuses on bringing different  market driven opportunities to Tanzania people. 

A seminar participant expresses his concern about the approach of the program.He urged the organisers of the Project  to be specific when using the Coursera course to solve different societal  problems in Tanzania.