Development of a national policy grant-making strategy

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Client Private foundations (including the world's largest non-profit family foundation)
Dates 2012
Service(s)Policy & Economics, Strategy & Finance
CEPA supported the Country Policies team of the Agricultural Development unit of the world’s largest private, family-run philanthropic foundation to develop a new grant-making strategy. The purpose of the strategy was to articulate grant-making approaches and opportunities for the Foundation to:
  • strengthen the capacity of local policy stakeholder organizations to engage in policy development and implementation activities in the Foundation’s anchor countries;
  • improve the production and consumption of high quality research and analysis by local institutions used to inform government policy decision making;
  • identify and articulate key policy constraints impacting smallholder farm productivity;
  • coordinate delivery of national-level policy advocacy activities by local institutions.
This involved direct engagements with government, donors, international and local NGOs, private sector associations, and agricultural policy stakeholder forums in Tanzania. Key policy issues identified included the implementation and sustainability of Tanzania’s input subsidy programme, the imposition of maize export bans, and the establishment and transfer of land rights.
CEPA also mapped the nature of donor-supported agricultural policy planning and implementation activity in Tanzania, and identified key agricultural data-related constraints that need to be addressed to inform refinements to Tanzania’s input subsidy program and other key policies.
Our case study analysis of the national agricultural policy landscape in Tanzania ultimately informed the development of the Foundation’s overall national policies strategy.