About the Institute of Rural Development Planning

The Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) is a corporate body established by the Parliamentary Act No. 8 of 1980s.

This Act provides a legal framework for the Institute to be established as an important national centre for provision of training, research and consultancy services in the field of rural development planning and management with main objective of alleviating qualitative and quantitative shortage of skilled manpower within the framework of sustainable capacity building directed towards reducing poverty and attaining sustainable development

IRDP strives to enhance and strengthen capacity for rural development practitioners by providing post-secondary education and training, research and consultancy services

IRDP is thus a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial institute empowered to oversee and coordinate the provision of expertise to in-service and pre-service personnel involved in rural development planning in the country

Since its establishment, IRDP has been shaping destinies in planning and research methodologies focusing on the future prosperity of its students. As a result, graduates with IRDP qualifications have made valuable contributions in their fields. They are a proof of our unique approach of learning and training methodologies.

IRDP Provides a conducive environment for teaching, learning and working to both students and staff. This includes library, academic blocks and the multipurpose hall.


To be a center of excellence in planning for sustainable development.


To conduct quality training, research and consultancy services for public and private sectors through effective and efficient use of resources to enhance planning for sustainable development with emphasis to rural areas.


The Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) is a corporate body established by the Parliamentary Act No. 8 of 1980s.

Functions of the Institute

The functions of IRDP as stipulated in the establishment Act No 8 of 1980 are:


To promote social and economic development by providing opportunities for the study of and training in the principles, techniques and their practical applications in all aspects of rural development planning.


To provide facilities, places and centres of learning, education, training and research in rural development planning and other related subjects and disciplines as the council may from time to time decide.


To conduct training programmes in all disciplines related to rural development planning including the preparation, application and evaluation of development programmes.


To undertake, either alone or in association with any other person or body of persons within or outside the United Republic of Tanzania, research in methodology and techniques of improving regional and rural development planning.


To monitor and co-ordinate research and training programmes related to rural development.


To collect, publish or otherwise disseminate data and other information related to rural development including the publication of results of any research carried out by the Institute.


To sponsor, arrange or provide facilities for conferences, seminars or symposia on subjects related to rural development planning


To provide advisory, consultancy and other services to the government, organizations, villages and individuals in matters related to rural development planning.


To prepare students for examinations as may be conducted by the Institute and to grant such awards as may be prescribed under or in accordance with the Act.


To establish and maintain a system of consultation and co-operation with any person or body of persons within or outside the United Republic of Tanzania engaged in activities related to the functions of the Institute.


To perform any other function conferred upon the Institute by or under the Act.

Guiding Principles

In line with the IRDP’s Vision and Mission, the main principles guiding the Institute’s day to day operations include:

a. Integrity and accountability

b. Respect for the individual

c. Effectiveness

d. Efficiency

e. Participatory management

f. Continuous learning


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