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

Jan 2006 - Dec 2009

Global Health and Development

Mar 2008 - Oct 2008

Productivity of health workers

Apr 2006 - Jul 2006

Review of Right to Play

Nov 2003 - Dec 2005

Bridging Research and Policy

Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge

Associated Senior Researcher

Sosina Bezu

Senior Researcher

Kendra Dupuy


Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Research Professor, Coordinator: Tax and Public Finance

Siri Gloppen

Senior Researcher

Magnus Hatlebakk

Senior Researcher; Coordinator: Poverty Dynamics

Jan Isaksen


Ivar Kolstad

Associated Senior Researcher

Siri Lange

Associated Senior Researcher

Ottar Mæstad


Lise Rakner

Senior Researcher (20%)

Vincent Somville

Associated Senior Researcher

Sarah A Tobin

Senior Researcher

Gaute Torsvik

Associated Senior Researcher

Arne Tostensen


Bertil Tungodden

Associated Senior Researcher

Espen Villanger

Research Director

Vibeke Wang

Senior Researcher and Coordinator: Gender Politics

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.

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