Bureau of Development-Oriented Research

The Bureau of Development-Oriented Research was established in December 17th 2015. The establishment of the Bureau is in line with the core functions of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), which include undertaking research. This Bureau plays a pivotal role in spearheading research on development issues in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) and hence contributes in fulfilling the research objectives of SUA. It constantly scouts and monitors emerging development oriented research opportunities. The Bureau serves as a unit for enhancing income for the College and University at large through collaborative writing of research proposals on contemporary issues (e.g. gender, public budget in development, governance, and language and education) with different researchers/institutions from within and outside the country. In this way, research opportunities are tapped and, therefore, funds for research activities are obtained.The Bureau carries over the functions which were implemented initially through SUA Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SCSRD), one of the three units which merged into the CSSH. Among those functions includes developing and validating appropriate methodologies (models) that can be used for guiding research-based sustainable rural development in Tanzania.

In summary, the functions of the Bureau of Development Oriented Research include:

(i)     To coordinate joint research activities which integrate all the Departments under the CSSH
(ii)    To search for and exploit various development-oriented research opportunities advertised by different funding organizations/development partners locally, regionally and globally.
(iii)     To collaborate with other national and international organizations in developing research themes and funding arrangements and in carrying out joint research
(iv)     To develop and test community development models for guiding sustainable rural development

The outreach stations were established in order to:

  • serve as model sites for implementing rural development activities and testing various approaches to sustainable rural development.
  • provide an opportunity for students and researchers from multidisciplinary background to understand the rural realities through research, practical training and outreach activities.
  • organize farmers and provide them with necessary training to build their capacity through farmers’ seminars and sharing experiences.
  • facilitate interactions between students and supervisors/lecturers (mentor-mentee interactions) and between students/college staff and farmers which are important in planning, mobilizing, negotiating and implementing sustainable rural development initiatives.
  • serve as platforms for operationalising collaborative research, training and outreach among SUA, local governments and international partners
  • act as pivot sites for nurturing technologies before out-scaling and up-scaling such technologies to other areas with similar social-ecological conditions.



College of Social Science and Humanities (CSSH)
P. O. Box 3035 Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania
TEL/FAX: +255 023-264360, +255 023 2604279, 4758, Ext. 4404, 4405
Email: cssh@suanet.ac.tz;

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