Development Studies in Tanzania: Historical Trajectory and Future Visions

  • Adalgot Komba
  • Tiina Kontinen
  • Colman Msoka
Part of the EADI Global Development Series book series (EADI)


The chapter discusses the history, dilemmas and future visions of Development Studies in Tanzania, especially from the perspective of Institute of Development Studies in the University of Dar es Salaam. It shows how in the 1970s Development Studies played a significant role in the consolidation of state ideology of African socialism among university students, and since then, has gradually evolved into a recognized discipline with MA and PhD programmes. Over the years, the discipline has dealt with dilemmas related to its multidisciplinary nature, state ideologies, international donor agendas and the changing demands concerning academic publications. Recently, Development Studies in Tanzania has started to address these dilemmas and search for a new identity, for example, through establishing a Tanzanian Development Studies Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adalgot Komba
    • 1
  • Tiina Kontinen
    • 2
  • Colman Msoka
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Dar es SalamDar es SalaamTanzania
  2. 2.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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