President's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government Tanzania (PO-RALG)

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Tanzania's PO-RALG works in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to delivery public health services. Independently, the PO-RALG manages district and regional health services, including the regional and district councils.

Mission and Purpose

The Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government oversees regional development management and administration by coordinating rural and urban development management policy and strategies and the activity of Regional Secretariats. It helps to builds the administrative capacity of local governments and to strengthen channels of communication between national and sub-national bodies to further devolve power to the local level in Tanzania.[1]

Origins and Development 

The Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government was established by Article 8 (1) 145 and 146 in the 1977 Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania. In 1982, the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania passed the Local Government No 7 (Cap 287) Act and the City Authorities Act No. 8 (Cap 288), giving the Minister dealing with regional and local government authority over the establishment of District, Village, Minor, and Local Authorities. In 1990, the Ministry was renamed "The Local Government Ministry, Social Development, Cooperation and Marketing." In 1998, the work of the Ministry was transferred to the Prime Minister's office, renamed the Ministry for Regional and Local Governance (MRLG), and its work divided amongst two departments, one each for Regional and Local Government. In November 2000, the MRALG's work was transferred to the Presidential Office, becoming the PORALG. Five years later in December 2005, the Ministry was transferred back to the Prime Minister's Office before returning to the Office of the President in 2015.[2]

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Analysis and Lessons Learned


See Also

Decentralized Governance in Tanzania 


[1] “Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (Tanzania),” The REDD Desk, accessed April 20, 2019, [BROKEN LINK]

[2] “Historia Ya Taasisi,” Ofisi ya Rais Tawala za Mikoa na Serikali za Mitaa, accessed April 20, 2019, [Swahili]

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