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Local government's failure to recover loans from groups of women, youth, and people with disabilities in Tanzania

Rogers Rugeiyamu (Local Government Training Institute, Dodoma, Tanzania)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 26 May 2023

Issue publication date: 29 August 2023




The purpose of this study is to assess reasons behind experienced challenges by local government authorities (LGAs) in operating Women, Youth and People with Disabilities Fund (WYDF) in Tanzania. Specifically, it assesses the reasons behind failures to recover loan by LGAs and groups of Women, Youth and People with Disability (WYPWD).


The qualitative approach was recruited in this study involving Tunduru District Council as a case study. Data were collected through Interviews, Focus Group Discussion and Documentary Review. Interviews were administered to Community Development Officers (CDOs) while FGD to WYPWD groups. Reviewed documents include laws, regulations and publications on social development funds. Data were analyzed using content analysis approach and backed up by quotations during presentation.


Failures to recover loans from beneficiaries is attributed to weaknesses of both groups and LGAs. LGAs suffer from lack of capability to manage the fund, poor governance practices and misuse of public funds, and groups lack awareness of the fund's goals.

Research limitations/implications

Due to experienced challenges, efforts by groups and LGAs to reclaim loan have been unsuccessful, which has prevented the fund from achieving its goals.

Practical implications

The central government should concentrate on ongoing LGAs capacity building so that they can successfully handle the fund, it is advised for improvement. Again, LGAs should establish an information system linked with groups to track their projects implementation. Once more, groups should be informed about the purpose of creating the fund and the advantages of the loan to them and to local economic development (LED). Furthermore, groups need entrepreneurial abilities to be able to participate in businesses that they can manage. Moreover, organizations should receive ongoing education so that they may repay the loan voluntarily.

Social implications

Community awareness on the aims of the fund should be provided to impact LED.


Recommendations given can be applied by other developing countries struggling to uplift citizens economically through social development funds.



Rugeiyamu, R. (2023), "Local government's failure to recover loans from groups of women, youth, and people with disabilities in Tanzania", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 210-228.



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