Any research institution or a think-tank cannot work in isolation and expect to be effective and efficient in its operations. Consequently, the Institute shall strive to link or twin with the universities and other institutions of higher learning in Zanzibar; such as the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Zanzibar University (ZU), Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute (ZIORI); as well as universities in Tanzania Mainland, Kenya, Uganda, the Seychelles, and Mauritius and in other parts of the world.
In the event where a ZIRPP-sponsored conference, seminar and/or workshop is held in Zanzibar, the Institute shall further strive to make maximum use of the conference rooms and teaching facilities available at SUZA, the University of Zanzibar, ZIORI and at any other institutions of higher learning for common ventures.
The Institute shall also strive to maintain close cooperation with other research-oriented think-tanks in Africa, America, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. Indeed, the Institute shall forge links with similar institutions throughout Tanzania and the world in general and maintain important links with research-to-policy institutes and individual researchers in East Africa and with organizations or Institutes that train students the know-how and the science of doing business with the objective of practically translating economic and educational policies to economic practices.
The Institute shall also strive to establish a research Chair in Zanzibar universities in such program areas which the Institute deems capable of making the most/best contributions research-to-policy interface. The Institute shall aspire to forge partnerships and create active Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) and exchange programs with research-to-policy organizations within the United Nations system and within the International Foundations throughout the world.
In an effort to forge closer links with the Institutions of Higher Learning worldwide, in June 2009, the Executive Director, Mr. Muhammad Yussuf, visited the East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, USA where he gave a lecture to the students on “The Challenges of Democracy and Human Rights in Africa”. He also made the maximum use of his visit to discuss with the members of the faculty who included Dr. Thomas J. Tauer, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences on the possibility of establishing some kind of exchange programs between ESU and ZIRPP as well as the provision of some used computers by the ESU for the use of the Institute at this critical stage of its establishment. Mr. Yussuf has also had the opportunity to pay courtesy calls on Ms. Patricia Graham, Ed.D, Chair, Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Studies and on Mr. Jaffery Hardy, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Geography.
In all these meetings, the Executive Director was accompanied by Dr. Mohamed Adam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Geography at the ESU.