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Inaugural Research Conference held at St John’s University of Tanzania.
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Institute of Development Studies
The Saint John’s University of Tanzania (SJUT) Institute of Development Studies (IDS) was established in May 2008 as a response to the need for improved teaching and organized research on important faith, socio- economic, and political issues in development. The aim is to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to research, teaching, training and consultancy in the field of development studies.

Development Studies at SJUT is taught from a worldview perspective as well as a Christian orientation. We are concerned with the understanding and analysis of processes which are transforming people’s lives throughout the world, and with applying academic knowledge and skills to real life challenges. The IDS was established to give this vision a reality.

For more information, please contact us at
Tel: 255 26 239 0025;
      255 26 232 4565;

Development Studies  Undergraduate Courses

DS 030 (For Diploma students)

  • Introduction to development studies;
  • Theories of development
  • Power, Right, Governance and Participation issues in development
  • Gender and development
  • Poverty and development
  • Population and development

DS 110 ( All first year students)

  • Introduction to development studies
  • Theories of development
  • World views and Christian social teaching in development
  • Political economy
  • Issues in development - power, human rights, governance, participation, globalization and climate change

DS 200 (All second year SJUT students except nursing)

  • Communication, science and technology in development
  • Gender and development
  • Poverty and alternative strategies to development
  • Agricultural transformation, food security, and rural development
  • Population and environmental issues in development

DS 201 (Second year nursing only)

  • Introduction to health and health policy
  • Gender and development
  • Population and poverty in health
  • Agriculture and food security in development
  • Alternative approaches to health and development

DS 300 (Elective course for third year students)

  • Project planning and management
  • Business and entrepreneurship skills
  • Social science research skills
  • Conflict and conflict resolution
  • Natural resource management
  • Ethics and moral issues in development

The Master of Art in Community Development at St. John’s University of Tanzania consists of two academic years - one year for coursework, and the second year for research and development of dissertation. Coursework is comprised of 36 units in the two semesters of the first year of study, plus 18 units of research and dissertation in the second year. The M.A in Community Development is offered under full time basis. This program is open to individuals with recognized backgrounds in the field of development studies and other related disciplines. 

Staff Members:
Mr. David Msola is acting Director of the Institute of Development Studies at St John;s University of Tanzania. He holds M.A Rural Dev (SUA), B.A Agric (SUA), Dip, ED (Monduli TTC)
Areas of interest in training and research; Food security, Agriculture transformation and Political economy, poverty and Population studies.  Click here to send mail to Mr.Msola

Dr. Lotter has a Ph.D. in agroecology from the University of California Davis, his Master’s is in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University, and his B.S. in Agronomy and Range Science is from the University of California Davis.  Dr. Lotter hails from Davis California and now lives in Dodoma Tanzania.  His research interests are sustainable agriculture and sustainability issues, climate change adaptation, and information technology in development.   Current projects include research on the socio economic impacts of sand dams; non-charcoal pyrolytic stoves; Conservation Agriculture.  He is also directing the automation of exam marking and the development of e-book acquisitions. Lotter Research and Teaching Web Page and Click here to send mail to Dr.Lotter

Mr. Andrew S. Ching’ole is an assistant lecturer in Development Studies. He holds a Master degree in Development Studies of the University of Dodoma. Andrew is also a Civil Society specialist and a board member of several national and regional NGOs. His areas of interest are Development Studies and Social Change; Decentralization and Local Governance; Capacity building and Institutional Sustainability; Participatory approaches to rural Development; Project Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation; Public Policy processes; the participation of State and Non State actors in policy making and implementation; Forced Migration; Gender Issues and social justice. Click here to send mail Mr.Ching'ole

Ms. Elizabeth Msoka is an assistant Lecturer in the Institute of Development studies. Currently pursuing PhD in Development Studies at the university of Dar es Salaam. She holds M.A. Development Studies (UDSM) and B.Sc. (SUA). She is privileged with interests on theories of Development and Social change as well as Gender issues.Click here to send mail Ms.Elizabeth

Mr. Fredrick Golden is currently pursuing MA in Community Development of the St John's University of Tanzania. His Bachelor degree is in Regional Development Planning from Institute of Rural Development Planning (Dodoma). His Diploma In Education is in History and English from Mpwapwa Teachers' College. His research interest is in livelihood sustainability. His current project is '' The impact of emerging small business in improving Dodoma people's livelihood: A case of Dodoma Municipality.Click here to send mail Mr.Golden

Ms. Anna Ngomela is an assistant Lecturer in the Institute of Development studies. She holds
B.Sc. Forestry (SUA); M.A. Rural Development (SUA)

Email:  Click here to send mail to Ms.Anna

Mr. Clarence Hugo Nyoni (MA) is an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Development Studies at Saint John’s University of Tanzania. His Master’s degree is in Rural Development from Sokoine University of Agriculture and his BSc. is in Agriculture General from Sokoine University of Agriculture. Mr. Nyoni now lives in Dodoma Tanzania.  His research interests are on Poverty, Health, Population, Gender, Policy Issues, Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental issues and Development.Click here to send mail to Mr.Nyoni

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