Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP)

Department of Development Finance and Management Studies

About Department

Welcome to the Department of Development Finance and Management Studies (DFMS) of the Institute of Rural Development Planning. Here you will find information about our academic programs, staff, research, outreach and community engagement activities. DFMS provides an exciting and attractive environment for learning and research, for students and academics.

We provide high quality competence based educational opportunities for students in fields of development finance, investment planning, business planning and management, human resource planning and management, development administration, local government administration and other managerial sciences.

With our long history of using the competence-based education and training system (CBET), students acquire the relevant knowledge, attitudes and skills and apply these competences in field practicals and community-based research experiences, which equip them with relevant practical experiences in the real development planning, investment and management world.

Research is another area in which we are growing. The Department has a truly extraordinary academic staff with an array of specialization which reflects the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of our research in addressing development finance, investment planning, business planning and management, development administration, human resources and local government challenges. We also provide consultancy and advisory services to a wide of range stakeholders.

We seek to discover new knowledge related to development planning challenges and support the translation of this knowledge to improve people’s lives. At DFMS, students and staff successfully, work together to achieve this goal.



Academic Programmes

Established in 2007, the number of academic programs offered by the Department has increased from one programme in 2008/2009 to eight in 2017/2018, ranging from the Basic Technician Certificate (NTA Level 4) to Master Degrees (NTA Level 9). Currently, the department houses the following programmes. On average, these programmes attract over 1400 students annually.

  1. Certificate in Development Administration and Management (NTA Level 4)
  2. Technician Certificate and Ordinary Diploma in Development Administration and Management (NTA Levels 5 & 6)
  3. Bachelor Degree in Development Finance and Investment Planning (NTA Levels 7 & 8)
  4. Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Planning and Management (NTA Levels 7 & 8)
  5. Bachelor Degree in Business Planning and Management (NTA Levels 7 & 8)
  6. Bachelor Degree in Local Government Administration and Management (NTA Levels 7 & 8)
  7. Master Degree in Local Government Administration and management (NTA Level 9)

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Department Staff

The DFMS has a team of highly qualified and experienced academic and administrative staff, who are at the driving seat in executing the functions of the department within the framework of the mandates of the Institute. Currently, the department has 33 staff, including 27 academics and 4 non-academic. Five of the academic staff have PhDs, 21 have Master and one has a Bachelor Degree. Further, the department has 2 Associate Professors, 2 Senior Lecturers, 8 Lecturers, 14 Assistant Lecturers and one Tutorial Assistant. Staff profiles including their areas of expertise are described here.

# Picture Name Qualification Position Specialization
1 Professor Picture Prof. Zacharia S. Masanyiwa PhD (Wageningen), MSc (Wolverhampton), PG (Wolverhampton), BSc (SUA) Associate Professor and Head of Department Development Studies, Research Methods, Local Governance
2 Professor Picture Dr. Vedastus L. Timothy PhD (Liaoning), MBA (Liaoning), B.Com (UDSM), CPA (T) Senior Lecturer and Deputy Rector -Planning, Finance and Administration Development Finance, Investment Planning
3 Professor Picture Prof. Baltazar M. Namwata PhD (UDOM), MSc Agric. Education and Extension (SUA), BSc Agriculture (SUA) Associate Professor and Coordinator of Consultancy Development Studies, Governance, Strategic Planning, Vulnerability, Gender and Livelihood, Project Planning and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Environmental Education and Communication
4 Professor Picture Dr. Gaspar Mwembezi PhD (OUT), MBA (Mzumbe) MA Economics (OUT), Adv. Dip Regional Planning (IRDP) Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Open and Distance Learning Programs Public Policy, Research Methods, Marketing
5 Professor Picture Dr. Berling M. Sospeter PhD (UDSM), MSc Rural Development (SUA), BSc Home Econ. and Human Nutrition (SUA Lecturer and Examinations Coordinator Development Studies, Research Methods, Natural Resources Management
6 Professor Picture Mr. Emmanuel A. Hauli MA Linguistics (UDSM), BA Education (UDSM) Lecturer and Coordinator of Short Courses Communication Skills
7 Professor Picture Ms. Judith K. Namabira MBA (UDOM), PGD Management Studies (Uganda Management Institute, BA Ethics & Development Studies (Uganda Marty’s University) Lecturer Human Resource Planning and Management
8 Professor Picture Mr. Revocatus A. Nyefwe MBA Banking and Finance (Bangor), BSc. Agriculture -General (SUA) Lecturer Banking and Finance, Investment Planning
9 Professor Picture Ms. Damaris S. Malugu MBA (UDOM), BA Education (UDSM) Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Business Planning and Management Communication Skills, Development Administration
10 Professor Picture Mr. Geoffrey A. Lusanjala MBA (Mzumbe), Adv. Dip Accounting (TIA) Assistant Lecturer Finance and Banking, Investment Planning
11 Professor Picture Ms. Upendo W. Mmari MPA (UDOM), PG Regional Planning (IRDP), Adv. Dip Env. Planning (IRDP) Lecturer Public Administration
12 Professor Picture Mr. Gulliver W. Simime LLM (Mzumbe), PGD Legal Practice (UDSM), LLB (Mzumbe) Assistant Lecturer Law
13 Professor Picture Ms. Minza F. Sesela MSc Accountancy and Finance (Mzumbe), PGD Regional Planning (IRDP), Adv. Dip. Regional Planning (IRDP) Assistant Lecturer and Coordinator for Basic Technician Certificate Accountancy and Finance, Rural Finance
14 Professor Picture Mr. Beston M. Musoma MA Development Studies (UDOM), Bachelor Degree in Population and Development Planning (IRDP) Lecturer Development Studies, Social Development Planning
15 Professor Picture Ms. Tafuteni N Chusi MA Economics (Osmania), Bachelor of Business Administration - Accountancy & Finance (SAUT) Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Bachelor Degree in Development Administration and Management Development Finance, Investment Planning
16 Professor Picture Ms. Lilian J. Kihupi MBA (Wales), PG Regional Planning (IRDP), Adv. Dip. Environmental Planning (IRDP) Assistant Lecturer Rural Finance, Investment Planning
17 Professor Picture Ms. Aisha A. Mjegere LLM (UDSM), PG Legal Practice (UDSM); LLB (Mzumbe) Assistant Lecturer Law
18 Professor Picture Mr. Fadhili A. Ngalawa MSc Information Technology Management (Avinashilingam), Advanced Diploma in Information Technology (IAA) Assistant Lecturer Information and Communication Technology
19 Professor Picture Ms. Lucy S. Minungu MPA (UDOM), BA - Public Administration (UDSM) Assistant Lecturer and Coordinator for Technician Certificate and Ordinary Diploma Programs Public Administration
20 Professor Picture Mr. Stephen K. James MSc Human Resource Management (Mzumbe), BA Education (UDSM) Assistant Lecturer Human Resource Management, Public Administration
21 Professor Picture Mr. Asajile L. Mwambambale MSc. Dev. Policy (Mzumbe), Adv. Dip. Regional Planning (IRDP) Assistant Lecturer Development Policy, Regional Planning
22 Professor Picture Mr. Galinoma G. Lubawa MBA Accounting and Finance (Ruaha), Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Mzumbe) Assistant Lecturer and Coordinator for Evening Programs Development Finance, Investment Planning
23 Professor Picture Mr. Hermas Dobogo MSc. Finance (SJUT), Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (SJUT) Assistant Lecturer Accountancy and Finance
24 Professor Picture Mr. Stephen J. Fuime Bachelor Degree in Development Finance and Investment Planning (IRDP) Tutorial Assistant Development Finance and Investment Planning, Entrepreneurship
25 Professor Picture Mr. James Kalulu Bachelor Degree in Development Finance and Investment Planning (IRDP), Master Degree in Development Economics (IRDP) Assistant Lecturer and Admissions Coordinator Development Finance and Investment Planning, Entrepreneurship
26 Professor Picture Ms. Rofina M. Mrosso MSc. Human Resource Management (Mzumbe), Adv. Dip. Human Resources Management (Institute of Social Work) Assistant Lecturer and Head of Crosscutting Issues Unit Human Resource Management, Public Administration
27 Professor Picture Mr. Stephen M. Lugaimukamu Master Degree in Information Security (IAA), Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering (St. Joseph) Assistant Lecturer Information and Communication Technology
28 Professor Picture Mr. Lucas Xavery Mbawala Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering (St. Joseph) Tutorial Assistant Information and Communication Technology