during the consultancy are described in detail in an annex to the report (this may beremoved for the purposes of wider circulation).
Pushing the process forward
4. Given the various delays in project implementation to date, there is a clear need tobegin socio-economic action research as soon as possible. The field visits andmeetings held during this consultancy comprised a first step in this process. Ideally,this work should now be continued at the same rate, extending the process to areas inKigoma Region not yet covered in detail and also conducting the same kind of preparatory investigation and activity in Rukwa Region.5. The early appointment of the project’s Regional Socio-economic Coordinatorwould be highly desirable, and facilitate the prosecution of this work with someenergy. Unfortunately there seems to be little prospect that this appointment will bemade in the near future (at present cvs are being collected, while a decision has yet tomade about the terms and conditions which will be offered to the successfulcandidate). The proposed appointment of a Tanzanian national counterpart forsocio-economic studies (to be available as and when needed on a consultancy basis)may help to fill this gap - if they can be set to work immediately. On the other hand itmay do no more than add to the number of resource persons participating in theproject at national level, and put an additional strain on the project budget (assumingthat any work undertaken on the lakeshore would have to be paid for at going marketrates).6. As an interim strategy, TOR have been drafted for the project’s local counterpart inKigoma, Beatrice Marwa (a Fisheries / WID officer who accompanied the currentmission), asking her to continue collecting background information and making therelevant institutional and individual contacts in Kigoma Region (along the linesdescribed in the annex to this report). Otherwise provisional plans have been madefor the writer of this report to return to Kigoma circa mid-October, and to spend 2-3months in the field supervising the work outlined below. It would be an obviousadvantage if a Regional Socio-economic Coordinator was in post by this time and ableto participate in this work (if nothing else this would reduce the need for externalconsultancy inputs, whether from Dar es Salaam or overseas).7. As far as possible this work should be coordinated with parallel activities inZambia, Zaire and Burundi (the security situation permitting). During the missionTOR were drafted for initial socio-economic investigations in Zaire, and it was agreedthat I should visit Uvira for at least one week later in the year to follow up on thisstudy and other actions to push forward a programme of action research in this area. Itwas also suggested that the lead investigator, Mambona wa Bazolana (of CRH,Uvira), might profitably be involved in some of the participatory research activities inKigoma Region, as a prelude to adapting this experience to the Zairean situation.