Tanzania was one of the first countries to receive aid from international donors. Yet, the country is still marked by ill-functioning institutions and inequality. We research measures that can contribute to a more equal society, focusing on health systems and public finance management.

Completed projects

Nov 2011 - Oct 2014

REDD Integrity

Mar 2008 - Dec 2010

Productivity of health workers

Jan 2006 - Dec 2009

Global Health and Development

Apr 2006 - Jul 2006

Review of Right to Play

Nov 2003 - Dec 2005

Bridging Research and Policy

Anne Katrine Bang

Associated Senior Researcher

Sosina Bezu

Associated Senior Researcher

Bet Helena Caeyers

Senior Researcher

Adrien Dautheville

Associated Doctoral Researcher

Nadja Dwenger

Associated Research Professor

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance

Jon Einar Flåtnes

Interim Research Director; Senior Researcher; Coordinator Climate & Natural Resources

Magnus Hatlebakk

Senior Researcher; Coordinator: Poverty Dynamics

Jan Isaksen


Ivar Kolstad

Associated Research Professor

Ottar Mæstad

Research Professor / Special Adviser, Director Development Learning Lab

Samwel Jonathan Nassary

Research Assistant under Tax Group

Osama Moeed Nawab

Affiliated Doctoral Researcher

Lise Rakner

Professor at University of Bergen and Affiliated Research Professor

Charlotte Ringdal

Senior Researcher

Hilde Selbervik

Associated Senior Researcher

Ingrid Hoem Sjursen

Senior Researcher

Vincent Somville

Associated Senior Researcher

Sarah A Tobin

Research Director

Arne Tostensen


Vibeke Wang

Interim U4 Director

A new petro-state

Huge reservoirs of natural gas have been discovered offshore the southern coast of Tanzania. The country might become a large producer of gas, and a potential exporter of liquefied natural gas during the next decades. With this comes the promise of improved economic and social conditions for the people of Tanzania. However, experiences from other countries suggest that it is challenging to turn natural resource wealth into improved welfare for the majority of citizens.

CMI research aims to improve the extent and quality of research that can contribute to more informed policy-making and public debate in Tanzania, particularly on issues related to natural resource management for inclusive growth. We provide contextualised and evidence based policy analysis to facilitate and promote informed policy dialogue and debate in Tanzania on petroleum sector governance.

Poor service quality and insufficient coverage of critical life-saving treatment prevail in many low-income countries, also in Tanzania. There are many reasons for this, but recent evidence suggests that the poor standard of health care is not only due to lack of capacity. Health workers not showing up for work and a substantial gap between the clinical procedures health workers know they should follow, and what they actually do with patients, indicate that health care providers lack motivation. We research health-worker motivation and health system improvements.