Adalbertus Kamanzi

I hold a PhD in Development Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. I was born on the 19th September 1970 in Bukoba, Tanzania. Between 1992 and 1997, I underwent philosophical and theological training in Italy. From 1997 to 2002, I studied Ethics and Development Studies at Uganda Martyrs University (BA and MA) in Uganda, where I lectured since 2002 to 2007. I have worked as lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. I am currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP), Dodoma, Tanzania and an Online Tutor at the Virtue University of Uganda ( on the course Development Discourses: Theory and Practice.

I am specialised in qualitative research on issues pertaining to people’s livelihoods. I have been involved in a number of research activities with different research institutions, among which OSSREA (on gender issues), VICRES (on a multidisciplinary research approach on dealing with environmental issues), EDI Ltd (on economic issues), and some other researches and capacity building activities with the local development organisations in Kagera region.

I have been  writing on development-related issues, particularly on Gender issues, Development Studies, HIV/AIDS, micro-finance, politics, and development cooperation. Currently, I am getting to issues of evalution of interventions for social change.

I am currently Director of the Sikiliza Project in Tanzania at the IRDP. Through a panel of 250 respondents from all over Tanzania, I am working on an evaluation of an NGO, Twaweza, whose theory of change is that interventions lead to public action, which in turn leads to improved lives of the people. The respondents are contacted regularly in order to collect high frequency data by means of mobile phones.

I have just finalized a monograph with the African Studies Centre, Leiden: "Unequal catch"; I have also been working on a draft monograph, "Connectedness in evolution", which is now undergoing peer reviewing. My next writings, concentrating more on evaluation, will deal with the  “state of public action” and the “state of service delivery” in Tanzania.

I do not only deal with “development theory”, but with “development practice”, as well: I have registered a research institute, Tanzania Research Institute (TaRI), which aims at dealing with Development Research activities, promotion and provision of short courses in the areas of Research, Governance, and Democracy.

Fellow member
Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP)
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