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Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) as a non-governmental organization has been established strategically to sustain the work and impact of Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) program in Tanzania.

DCLI was implemented through four projects: Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) – which provided training and data science services, Data for Local Impact Innovation Challenge (DLIIC) – an innovation challenge that enlisted and supported entrepreneurs in designing evidence-based solutions using existing data, Data Zetu – a sub-national project that exposed local authorities and citizens to the benefits of data use and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) that launched the national data roadmap process in Tanzania. dLab sustains the ecosystem and system approach to build data skills of government, private sector, civil society, and citizens and empowers them through data to drive development progress.

Tanzania Data Lab NGO envisions Africa where data is frequently and effectively used to inform policy and decision-making at all levels. In line with this strategic plan, the organization’s mission is to strengthen data ecosystems and data usage in innovation, policy and decision-making on health, economic growth, and gender in Tanzania and Africa.

Through our five-year Strategic Plan, dLab is going to focus on five main areas constituting the strategic pillars for the organization:

    1. Community Engagement, with the main objective of strengthening data ecosystem to enable the community to generate and use data at the sub national level.
    2. Capacity Development, with the main objective of delivering tailored data-related capacity building services to targeted individuals, groups and organizations.
    3. Data Science Services, with the main objective of promoting the use of data for evidence-based solutions through Data Science products and services.
    4. Research and Innovation, with the main objective of promoting linkage between research and innovation that use data to address community pain points and manage research and innovation funds in collaboration with respective sectors.
    5. Institutional Strengthening, with the main objective of enhancing dLab’s capacity so as to effectively and efficiently undertake it’s mission.

Tanzania Data Lab plans to implement this strategic plan in collaboration and in partnership with different stakeholder’s including governments, academic institutions, research institutions, private sector, development partners (DPs), philanthropic institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), community based organizations (CBOs) and data stewards at all levels.

For more details on the dLab’s plans view our Strategic Plan for 2019 – 2023.