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

In recent years, the Institute also has made progress in building new infrastructure so as to provide a conducive teaching, learning and working environment for both students and staff. These include a library, the first and second academic blocks and the multipurpose hall.

Management’s decisions for the Institute are made by a committee comprising of Senior Officers and Managers of the Institute. The committee is responsible to the governing council for ensuring that decisions of the governing council are implemented efficiently. The members are as follows:


Dr. Frank H. Hawassi


Prof. Hozen K. Mayaya

Deputy Rector (Academics)

Dr. Timothy Vedastus

Deputy Rector (Planning, Finance and Administration)

Dr. Benedict M. Kilobe

Director, Lake Zone Centre (Mwanza)

Prof. James Lwelamira

Head, Department of Research and Consultancy

Prof. John Safari

Head, Department of Population Studies

Dr. George Kinyashi

Head, Department of Rural Development and Regional Planning

Prof. Israel B. Katega

Head, Department of Environmental Planning

Prof. Zacharia Masanyiwa

Head, Department of Development Finance and Management Studies

Sara Mgabo

Ag. Head, Department of Human Resources Management

Prof. Y. Mnguu


Mr. Abeid M. Zaggar


Mr. Richard Mkilania

Estate Manager

Mr. S. Panga

Ag. Head of Policy and Planning Department

Mr. Makari Moshi

Senior Assistant Dean of Students

Mr. Godrich H. B. Ngoli

Senior Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Mr. Tuntufye Mwakipesile

Senior Internal Auditor

Ms. Aisha Mjegele

Legal Officer

Mr. Gabriel Kimaryo

Head, Procurement Management Unit

Dr. Juliana Manyerere

Head, Library Unit

Mr. Benjamin Mwalugeni

Ag.Head, ICT Unit


IRDP is located in Miyuji area, which is about 7kms from Dodoma Municipal Centre – along the Arusha Road.


Physical Address
IRDP is located at Miyuji area, which is about 7 kms from Dodoma City Centre – along the Arusha Road.


It is about 1 km from the former famous Mnadani Area of Dodoma. The closest town bus stop is Mipango


Postal Address
P. O. BOX 138


+255 26 2302147 – Direct
+255 26 2303190 – General


+255 26 2301341/ +255 26 2301342


Electronic Mail (E-Mail)

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The Vision of IRDP is 

“To be a centre of excellence for both academic and professional work in rural development planning and management for poverty reduction and sustainable development”

All prime activities at the Institute are geared towards fulfilling the Institutions mission.

The Mission of IRDP  is

 “to facilitate the process of rural development planning by providing training and education, research and public   services (consultancy) in rural  development planning and management aimed at bridging the knowledge gap among different practitioners of development planning, which include the central government sectors, local government authorities, non-governmental organizations, community based organizations and the private sector”

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