COSTECH pushes for  evidence-based research  in country’s plans

COSTECH pushes for evidence-based research in country’s plans

THE Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), has asked officials from different ministries to use evidence based research findings to plan for the country’s development.

“The government wants the contribution of science researches in boosting the country’s GDP, and this can only be achieved if policy makers and planners can utilise on the findings released by different scientists from across the country,” said COSTECH Acting Director of Knowledge Management, Dr Philibert Luhunga.

Dr Luhunga was speaking during a capacity building training to planners, policy and decision makers to use Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) evidence in practice and sharing selected evidence in Health, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources sectors.

COSTECH has been conducting a week-long capacity building trainings to different stakeholders in the science sector. The training was provided to Members of Parliament, media professionals and officials from four ministries.

They include the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and the ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources.

During his presentation, Dr Luhunga said the major objective of the workshops was to draw researchers from different fields to deliberate on how best they can use research findings to advise the government on various policy issues to plan for the country’s development.

“Recently when speaking at the University of Dar es Salaam, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa underscored the need to capitalize on research data to advise the government on policy issues that can help the government realise its development goals,” he insisted.

According to Dr Luhunga, there was no way the country could attain all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 if evidence based research findings were not considered in policy issues and planning. He said COSTECH’s department of knowledge management was among other things tasked to simplify research findings in a

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