TCDC Research

Get to know more about our research
and how we do it.

Pursuant to its core mandate, MS TCDC pursues a bold research agenda. The TCDC Research Task Teams aim to enable evidence-based learning that contributes to improved leadership and democratic governance, social justice and people-centered sustainable development in Africa and beyond.

The MS TCDC Leadership and Governance Academy (LGA) plays an anchor role of positioning MS TCDC as leader in solutions-oriented research, debate, policy and social dialogue among policy makers, citizens and a range of actors.

The LGA is therefore a vehicle through which we continuously seek to ensure that MS TCDC stays faithful to its mission to improve public policy and public leadership across Africa and other regions we serve so that governments become more citizen centred and that people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives. Through the LGA we aim to build, profile and expand MS TCDC’s on campus and off campus work as “BEST OF” the continent, making MS TCDC the “GO TO” place for countless regional leaders who seek a place where debate and ideas are generated for emerging and innovative leadership and development solutions.

TCDC Research Agenda

  1. Research and Creative Works
  2. Debates and Social Dialogues
  3. Consultancy & Technical Advisory Services
  4. Leadership and Governance Programs

The Aim of the Research Agenda

  1. Build an institutional repository of knowledge in the areas selected
  2. Ensure that this research is utilized in trainings at TCDC
  3. Co-create new knowledge in selected areas of inquiry
  4. Promote and foster north-south-south-south partnerships in knowledge production and sharing

Our flagship research initiatives

The ADI will be an annual publication and its impact will be measured on the basis of a theory of change. The theory of change offers the backbone for state of affairs each year, and helps to tell the occurring change across the years in the various spheres that the Index measures.

  1. Youth Can Kick COVID-19 out of East Africa

  2. Study on Covid-19 Disruptions to Youth life

  3. May, 2020 | The YouLead Consortium
    This report represents voices and experiences of East African youth, the disruptions by the Covid-19 pandemic to their life so far, their thoughts on how they could make a contribution toward preparedness and response to Covid-19, and their wish list for support now and after the pandemic.

  4. The African Dignity Index (ADI)
    The African Dignity Index (ADI) is an attempt to have a measurement tool for human dignity among Africans, as a contribution toward a monitoring and assessing progress of Agenda 2063.   >> More

  5. Policy and Governance Response to Covid-19 in Eastern and Southern Africa
    A comparative cross-country assessment of COVID-19 responses and measures, their meaning to the multifaceted impact on governance concerns and economic implications to vulnerable citizens and the recovery journey.

  6. Continental Scoping Study on African Young Peoples’ Awareness of the AfCFTA and their perceived role as stakeholders in its implementation
    Part of the AfCFTA Youth Inclusion Accelerator Project (AfCFTA-YIAP), a continental project with funding from GIZ Mission to the African Union.

  7. Youth Governance Architecture in the East African Community

  8. Study on the enabling Environment for Youth inclusion in Economic Governance
    Revitalising Multi Stakeholder Partnerships and collective action for Accelerating Economic Opportunities and Decent Work for Youth in the East African Community.

The Research and Technical Advisory (RECA) Team

Apart from Research Fellows who are often engaged for a specific period of time to work on a given research task, the MS TCDC research agenda is pursued by a group of independent experts associated to MS TCDC through a permanent associate contractual expert arrangement. The group is officially known as the Research and Technical Advisory Services (RECA) team.

Ms. Mary Alice Bamusiime

Mary Alice Bamusiime is a gender and Social Inclusion expert with close to 17 years of professional experience in national and regional development. Alice has recognized gender integration expertise and has led teams to design and implement gender-sensitive programming, working directly with the private sector, host governments, and civil society organizations. She has executed a range of assignments with government, international organizations, as well as civil society organizations. She has proven expertise and experience in gender mainstreaming and integration in organizations, conducting participatory gender audits for government and the private sector, gender and social inclusion training, participatory development processes, qualitative research design and implementation, gender integration into new business development and project design, as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning. Alice has a Master of Development Gender and Rural Development degree from Vanhall Larenstein Part of Wageningen University of applied sciences the Netherlands and a Bachelors of Arts in Gender and Development from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Andrew Karamagi

Andrew Karamagi is a lawyer and budding scholar. His areas of interest are International Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law, development practice, and Public Policy. He is involved in community organizing, and regularly contributes opinions for East African print and electronic media platforms. Stargazing and playing drums are his pastimes.

Harold Giliard Sungusia

Harold Giliard Sungusia, (Advocate) is a Resident Associate at MS-TCDC – Arusha a training institution focusing on Social Justice, Governance, Leadership and Development in Africa. He has 20+ years’ professional experience having worked with public sector, private sector and not-for-profit sector. He is well experienced in Research, Advocacy, Empowerment and Reforms. Has also experiential competences in Governance; National and International Laws; Public Policies; Gender, Adult Learning; Tax Justice; Public Sector Practices and Institutions. He is a member to Nine Different Boards of Directors (9). He holds Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Law and Law of International Organizations with specialization on Human Rights from the University of Groningen – the Netherland; a s Post-Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL); and Bachelor in Laws (hons) (LL.B.) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has been awarded several scholarships. He is an advocate of High Court and Commissioner for Oaths of Tanzania. Most of his interventions and achievement are reported online and can be searched through google for more details.

Dr Ann Rintari

Dr Ann Rintari is a Human Resource Management specialist with over 10 years’ experience in consultancy, research, training and lecturing in institutions of higher learning. Her areas of expertise are Human Resource Management, Leadership and Governance and Adult learning. She is passionate about the needs of the youth and special groups in the workplace. She is currently a lecturer at Kenya Methodist University and a Research Associate and consultant at the Training Center for Development Co-operation (MS-TCDC) , Arusha Tanzania. She holds a Ph.D Degree in (Human Resource Management), MSc in (HRM) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Kenya Methodist University. She is a full member of the Kenya Institute of Management. Dr Ann has worked as a lead consultant both in the Government and Private sector in Kenya and Beyond. She loves good life. When not too occupied with work, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending quality time with friends and family.

Julius Byaruhanga

Julius Byaruhanga holds a PhD in Natural Resource Governance from the Centre for Research on Peace and Development, KU Leuven, Belgium. His research interests are local content, public policy implementation and natural resource governance, sustainable development. He also holds a Masters in Good Governance and Civil Society from the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. He is a Research Associate and Consultant MS Training Centre for Development Corporation. Mr. Byaruhanga was part of the team that developed the National Content Strategy for Uganda National Oil Company. He is a Lecturer of public policy and human rights at Uganda Christian University with over 10 years of teaching, training and research experience.

Sodfa Daaji

Sodfa Daaji is a women’s rights and youth empowerment expert. She is the Executive Director of the African Legal Think Tank on Women’s Rights and Research Fellow at MS-TCDC. She has previously worked for the Council of Europe and the African Union, while serving as Co-Chairperson for Afrika Youth Movement, in the Coordinating Collective of Africans Rising and in the Youth Advisory Council of UNGEI, United Nations Girls Education Initiative. For her work, in 2021 she was recognized among the 100 Most Powerful in Gender Policy by Apolitical.