The 2000/01 Integrated Labour Force Survey (ILFS) was the third comprehensive survey of its kind in Mainland Tanzania since independence. Zanzibar was not covered in this survey. The survey covers the general labour force, child labour and informal sector. It was conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Youth Development and Sports, and financed by DANIDA and ILO. The first Labour Force Survey was conducted in 1965 with the assistance of a consultant provided by the Ford Foundation to the government of the United Republic of Tanzania. The aim of the survey was to provide benchmark data both qualitative and quantitative on some of the characteristics of the Labour Force for use by the government in the formulation of training and employment policies geared to self sufficiency in manpower by the year 1970.

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