1.1 Background Information
The Institute of Rura lDevelopment Planning (IRDP) is a corporate body established by the ParliamentaryAct No.8 of 1980. The Act provides a legal framework for the Institute to establish an important national centre for provision of training,research and consultancy services in the field of Rural Development Planning and Management. Since its establishment, IRDP had strived to become the centre of excellence for both academic and practical work in development planning and management for sustainable development.
IRDP helps to enhance and strengthen the capacity forrural development practitioners by providing post-secondary educationand training, research and consultancy services. IRDP is,thus,a multi-disciplinary and multi- sectoral institution empowered to over see and coordinate the provision of expertise to in-service and pre-service personnel involved in Rural Development Planning and Management in the country.
Since its establishment, IRDP has been shaping destinies in planning and research methodologies focusing on the future prosperity of its students. Asaresult,graduates with IRDP qualifications have made valuable contributions in their fields. They are aproof ofour unique approach of learning and training methodologies.
Over the recent years,the Institute has also made initiatives to improve its teaching, learning and working environment for both students and staff by building state of art infrastructures and facilities.
IRDP main campus is located at Miyuji area,which is about 7kms from Dodoma Municipality Centre –along theArusha Road while the Lake Zone Centre is located at the former Bwiru Conference Centre of the African Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT) about 5km from Mwanza City Centre.