The Country Opinion Survey in Tanzania assists the World Bank Group (WBG) in gaining a better understanding of how stakeholders in Tanzania perceive the WBG. It provides the WBG with systematic feedback from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society in Tanzania on 1) their views regarding the general environment in Tanzania; 2) their overall attitudes toward the WBG in Tanzania; 3) overall impressions of the WBG's effectiveness and results, knowledge work and activities, and communication and information sharing in Tanzania; and 4) their perceptions of the WBG's future role in Tanzania.
Kind of data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Dar es Salaam region, Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba), Other urban centers (regional centers, district centers, or municipal centers) and Rural areas.
Unit of analysis
Opinion leaders from national and local governments, multilateral/bilateral agencies, media, academia, the private sector, and civil society.
Producers and sponsors
Public Opinion Research Group
World Bank Group
World Bank Group
Funded the study
From March to May 2014, 318 stakeholders of the World Bank Group in Tanzania were invited to provide their opinions on the WBG's assistance to the country by participating in a country survey. Participants in the survey were drawn from among the office of the President or Prime Minister; the office of a Minister; the office of a Parliamentarian; employees of a ministry, ministerial department, or implementation agency; consultants/contractors working on World Bank Group-supported projects/programs; project management units (PMUs) overseeing implementation of a project; local government officials or staff; bilateral agencies; multilateral agencies; private sector organizations; private foundations; the financial sector/private banks; NGOs; community-based organizations (CBOs); the media; independent government institutions; trade unions; faith-based groups; academia/research institutes/think tanks; and the judiciary branch. A total of 277 stakeholders participated in the survey.
87% response rate
Dates of collection
Mode of data collection
The questionnaire consists of 8 Sections:
A. General Issues Facing Tanzania:
Respondents were asked to indicate whether Tanzania is headed in the right direction, what they thought were the most important development priorities, which areas would contribute most to reducing poverty, which areas would contribute most to generating economic growth, and
what would achieve “shared prosperity”.
B. Overall Attitudes toward the World Bank Group:
Respondents were asked to rate their familiarity with the WBG, its effectiveness in Tanzania, WBG staff preparedness, the effectiveness of its activities, to what extent it should provide capacity building support to certain groups, the importance and effectiveness of the WBG’s current capacity building work, their agreement with various statements regarding the WBG’s work, and the extent to which it is an effective development partner. Respondents were also asked to indicate the sectoral areas on which it would be most productive for the WBG to focus its resources, the WBG’s greatest values and greatest weaknesses, its most effective instruments, with which stakeholder groups the WBG should collaborate more, if the WBG should have more or less of a local presence in Tanzania, and to what they attributed slowed or failed reform efforts.
C. World Bank Group’s Effectiveness and Results:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which the WBG’s work helps achieve development results in Tanzania, the extent to which the WBG meets Tanzania’s needs for knowledge services and financial instruments, the extent to which the WBG’s internal evaluation mechanisms hold it accountable for achieving results, and the importance of the WBG’s involvement and the WBG’s level of effectiveness across thirty-one development areas. Respondents were also asked to indicate if WBG decisions regarding its Tanzania program were made primarily in country or at Headquarters.
D. The World Bank Group’s Knowledge Work and Activities:
Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they consult WBG knowledge work and to rate the quality of the WBG’s knowledge work and activities, including how significant of a contribution it makes to development results and its technical quality.
E. Working with the World Bank:
Respondents were asked to rate the extent to which various aspects of the WBG’s delivery work contribute to solving Tanzania’s development challenges and their agreement with a series of statements regarding working with the WBG. Respondents were asked to indicate if the WBG operates with too much risk.
F. The Future Role of the World Bank Group in Tanzania:
Respondents were asked to indicate what the WBG should do to make itself of greater value in Tanzania, which of its services the WBG should offer more of in Tanzania, and whether the WBG exerts too much or too little pressure on the Government. Respondents were also asked to indicate the extent to which the WBG should have greater visibility and ensure stronger reform efforts are tied to its lending.
G. Communication and Information Sharing:
Respondents were asked to indicate how they get information about economic and social development issues, how they prefer to receive information from the WBG, their Internet access, and their usage and evaluation of the WBG’s websites. Respondents were asked about their awareness of the WBG’s Access to Information policy, past information requests from the WBG, and their level of agreement that they use more data from the World Bank Group as a result of the WBG’s Open Data policy. Respondents were also asked to evaluate the WBG’s information accessibility and responsiveness to information requests.
H. Background Information:
Respondents were asked to indicate their current position, specialization, whether they currently collaborate with the WBG, with which WBG agencies they work, their exposure to the WBG in Tanzania, and their geographic location.
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Data collection locations
World Bank Group Microdata Library
Original archive where collection stored
World Bank Group Microdata Library
Disclaimer and copyrights
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.