Tanzania Cluster Initiative Project: An Evaluation Report from the Eight Cluster Initiatives

"The report has categorized cluster initiatives into three major categories: the organic, engineered and re-engineered cluster initiatives. Generally we can say that during the 18 months of implementation clusters have shown positive development, especially as far as the early indicators are concerned. In the longer time perspective however, the issues regarding financing and opening up of new markets could be a major stumbling block if it is not be addressed earliest possible. The financial problem is acute for those R&D intensive cluster initiatives such as sisal. It is the opinion of the writers of this report that given the fact that these clusters are coordinated from a center of excellence in research, such as the University, one would expect such R&D intensive clusters would have been given an upper hand. Unfortunately this is currently not the case, largely because of the financial constraints."