The influence of training and development strategy on the performance of Tanzania’s local government authorities

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Journal of Policy and Leadership (JPL)
This study aimed to determine the effect of the Training and Development (T&D) strategy on the performance of Tanzania's Local Government Authorities (LGAs). The adoption of training and development strategies in LGAs gained momentum during decentralization by devolution, which aimed to empower LGAs to train and develop their personnel. The study was carried out in ten (10) LGAs found in three regions and used a survey design to collect data from a sample of 59 respondents through questionnaires and interviews. The results showed that T&D strategy had a significant influence on LGA performance, with 25.3 per cent of performance being attributed to T&D while 74.7 per cent was attributed to other factors. Also, the coefficient of determination (𝑅2 = 0.253) at the alpha of 0.05 implies that 25.3 per cent of the variation in the Performance of Tanzania’s LGAs is contributed by T and D strategy and 74.7 per cent is explained by other factors which were not considered in this study. The study concludes that T&D plays a significant role in improving performance in Tanzania's LGAs and that appropriate training programs informed by Training Needs Assessment (TNA) are crucial for workforce commitment and performance.
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Tanzania, Local Government Authorities, Training and Development, Strategies, Performance