Nguyahambi Ajali Mustafa, Tutkijatohtori/Postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Ajali Mustafa Nguyahambi is a Postdoctoral Researcher in GROW Reserach Project (2015 – 2019) funded by the Academy of Finland. His placement started on 1st February 2017 in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä.
Nguyahambi Ajali Mustafa, Tutkijatohtori/Postdoctoral researcher
Development and international cooperation
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Dr. Ajali Mustafa Nguyahambi has a background in Political Science. He completed his PhD in November 2013 at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. His PhD research topic focused on Civil Society, Local Government Authorities and Decentralized Management of Primary Education in Selected Areas of Tanzania. During his graduation, Ajali was awarded 2nd Best PhD Defense Award in the academic year. He also possesses Master Degree in Development Studies (2005 – 2007) and Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Public Administration (2000 – 2003) both acquired from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Ajali has vast experience in qualitative and quantitative studies developed through research and consultancies. He has worked with RIPS Programme—a bilateral development organization between the Governments of Tanzania and Finland—(2003 - 2005) and SNV Tanzania (2007 – 2008), wherein he was fully engaged in strengthening capacities of local governance actors (Civil Society Organizations & Local Government Authorities) towards sustainable change with focus on democratic participation and good governance.

Since September 2008, Ajali has been serving as full time lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Dodoma, Tanzania. From January 2014 to January 2017 Ajali served as Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Dodoma (CIUDOM) which is an academic institute responsible for academic, research and consultancies in the field of oriental cultural studies (Chinese Language and Culture).

During his tenure as Director of CIUDOM, Dr. Ajali has also served as a substantive member of University Senate, University Worker’s Council, University Advisory Committee, and Human Resource Management Committee. His participation in these bodies of the university management enabled him to gain vast experiences regarding policy issues, decision-making and leadership in the higher learning institutions in Tanzania. Currently, he is placed at the University of Jyväskylä as Postdoctoral Researcher in the GROW Research Project (2015 – 2019) funded by the Academy of Finland.


Areas of Interest:

His research interests revolve around four main areas: Local Governance, Democracy and Elections, Citizenship and Participation, and Community Development.

Ongoing Research Project:

GROW Project: Growth into Citizenship in Civil Society Encounters (2015-2019), Funded by the Academy of Finland.


The ongoing research project facilitates dissemination of results to different actors such as academics, public and civil society sector practitioners. In so doing, it contributes in promoting dialogue on the importance of engaging with multidisciplinary approaches in development and governance processes.

Previous Projects:

  • AMER Project: African Moral Economy Research (2010 – 2013), Funded by Fukui Prefectural University, Japan.
  • Sustainable Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Dodoma Region (2009 – 2011), Funded by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and the University of Dodoma (Tanzania).

Teaching and Supervision:

As lecturer at the University of Dodoma, Ajali has been performing teaching in undergraduate and master classes. He has also been supervising dissertation and thesis for master and PhD students covering a wide variety of topics pursued in the fields of Political Science, Public Administration, International Relations and Development Studies. From 2013 to 2016 academic years, he has supervised 28 completed Master dissertations and 9 are ongoing. He has also co-supervised 1 completed PhD thesis by Peter Mwemezi (2016) Decentralization and Public Participation in Tanzania, other 8 co-supervised PhD thesis are ongoing.

Recent Publications:

·      Nguyahambi, A. M. (2017) The Past, Present and Future Role and Space of Civil Society in Tanzania, Journal of Humanities (JH), The University of Dodoma, Volume 4 No 1, 2017.

·      Mhowera, E. L. & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2017) The Interface between Politicians and Technocrats on Land Governance: A Case of Selected Wards in Dodoma Municipality, Tanzania, Journal of Social Sciences (JSS), The University of Dodoma, Vol. 4 (1) 2017.

·      Kopoka, P. A. & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2016) Nyerere’s Perspectives On Democracy: Women’s Participation In Multiparty Elections In Tanzania,  In: Uongozi Journal of Development Management, Mzumbe University, Vol. 27, Issue No. 2, December, 2016.

  • Nguyahambi, A. (2015) Decentralization Reforms and Poverty Reduction in Tanzania, in Kilonzo, R. & Kontinen, T., (eds.) Contemporary Concerns in Development Studies: Perspectives from Zambia and Tanzania, Helsinki: Publications of the Department of Economic and Political Studies, 23.
  • Nambuta, A., Kilonzo, R. & Nguyahambi, A. (2015) Challenges of Managing Multi-Stakeholders Processes in the Decentralized Delivery of Public Services in Tanzania, in Kilonzo, R. & Kontinen, T., (eds.) Contemporary Concerns in Development Studies: Perspectives from Zambia and Tanzania, Helsinki: Publications of the Department of Economic and Political Studies, 23.
  • Kopoka, P., Nguyahambi, A., Mwendamaka, D., & Simime, F. (2013) Nyerere's Legacy and Lessons for East African Integration: The Case of the East African Community, in Matekere, Y. & Msabila, D. (eds.) The Commemorations of Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Mzumbe University, pp. 66 - 77.

Paper Presentation in International Scientific Conferences:

·      Kilonzo R. G., Kontinen, T., Msoka, C. T. & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2018) Reflecting the Identity and the Future Directions of Development Studies in Tanzania, In: Nordic Africa Days 2018 International Conference, 19th – 21st September 2018, Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden.

·       Kontinen, T. & Nguyahambi, A. M. (2018) For the Nation, Communities and Career: Identities of Development Studies in Tanzania, In: 11th Annual International Southern African - Nordic Centre (SANORD) 2018 Conference, 15th – 17th August 2018, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

  • Nguyahambi, A., Kontinen, T. & Kilonzo, R. (2017) Exploring Experienced Citizenship in Tanzania, In: 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA),  29th August - 1st Sepetmber 2017, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens - Greece.
  • Nguyahambi, A. (2017) The Role and Space of Civil Society in Tanzania Today. In: Development Days Conference 2017, University of Helsinki, 16th – 17th February 2017. Helsinki – Finland.
  • Kontinen, T., Kilonzon, R., Nguyahambi, A. & Holma, K. (2016) Building Citizenship Capacities in Tanzanian Civil Society: Learning as Growth into Democratic Habits. In: Education Africa? Prospects and Challenges of the New Generation. University of Jyväskylä, 19th October 2016. Jyväskylä – Finland.
  • Kilonzo, R., Kontinen, T., Ndidde, A. & Nguyahambi, A.(2016) Citizenship and Civil Society Interventions. Reflections from Tanzania and Uganda. In: 28th Conference of Nordic Sociological Association, 11th – 13th August 2016. Helsinki – Finland.
  • Nguyahambi, A. (2011) The Interface between Local Government Authorities and Civil Society Organizations in Primary Education Management in Tanzania. In: The Nordic Conference on Development Research, Copenhagen Business School, 24th – 25th November 2011. Copenhagen – Denmark.