Unguja CSOs strengthen 121 Youth Forums

About 121 Youth Forums have been strengthened in Unguja between the years 2016 – 2017, following the good work done by Civil Society Organizations which are based in Zanzibar.

According to the report produced after FCS monitoring and supporting visit, conducted from 5 to 13 April, 2017, the 121 strengthened Platforms were from North Unguja A and B Districts, West Unguja B District, and Central Unguja District. The CSOs which were involved in this initiative are Safari Development Organisation (SADEO), Mtandao wa Asasi za Kiraia Kaskazini Unguja (NORECSONET) and Zanzibar Association of Information Against Drug Abuse and Alcohol (ZAIADA).

Ali Shauri Ali, a Program Manager at NORECSONET says their organization had realized that there was little involvement of youths in decision making, thus decided to take a step towards empowering them by strengthening their forums. In Zanzibar, Youth Forums are recognized by a law which was enacted in 2005.

"Initially, NORECSONET staff conducted dialogues with youth groups during which they advocated the strengthening of the forums. The process was tough but through training, we managed to convince them to realize the importance of strengthening their forums," he says.

A NORECSONET employee, Khamis Khasan Kheri, says that after strengthening the Youth Forums in North Unguja A and B, the organization assisted them in developing project proposals in areas such as agriculture, poultry and soap making. "These are some project areas which we thought our youth could engage in and work on. They are now doing a great job. These projects are changing their lives," he says.

Nassor Mbarouk Nassor, the SADEO Program Manager, says that many youths are now engaged in entrepreneurship and SADEO has helped them develop projects in agriculture, livestock keeping and carpentry.

ZAIADA Project Coordinator, Masoud Juma Haji, says that the engaged youths had also received training on responsibility, human rights, the Zanzibar Constitution and youth international rights.


He says that ZAIADA has also provided entrepreneurship training to the youth and as a result, some young people have introduced various projects at ward level. Some are engaged in bee keeping while others are undertaking fishing and vegetable farming.

EFG promotes Good Governance in Mwanza informal sector

The community is advised to reflect on the role of promoting qualities of Good Governance in the informal sector so as to make it more efficient and effective. The advice has was given by the Executive Director for Equity for Growth (EFG), Ms. Jane Magigita when remarking on  achievements which EFG has acquired after implementing a project that  enhances the role of the informal sector in promoting Good Governance and Accountability at local government level. Ms. Magigita says there was a little knowledge on qualities of good governance in the informal sector in Mwanza and that the EFG has managed to change that perception. The organization wrote a project proposal that received funding from Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). It intends to promote qualities of good governance by market traders in Mwanza municipality.

Through this project, the EFG managed to create awareness to market traders, with special emphasis on women’s rights. The rights included: Right to engage in decision making and involvement in market leadership.

EFG Project Coordinator, Grace Mate, says that women, apart from being in larger numbers  than men; had no voice, were not involved in decision making, had no right to be voted for market leadership and were less involved in market management. EFG, after realizing those obstacles, had provided them with training on the importance of reflecting the qualities of good governance.

Ms. Mate says the Mwaloni market was the only one which had a constitution in place before implementing the project. Other markets such as Igogo, Makuyuni, Kirumba, Central Market and Mlango Mmoja started drafting their constitutions after EFG training. Ms. Mate says the process of drafting constitutions to the five markets involved women at all levels. 

"Things are becoming better. Women are participating in decision making and they voice their views. They are now beginning to join market leadership committees, which are considered as the highest level of market management," Ms. Mate says.

Following this success, the EFG project has increased women’s voices, strengthened relations among market traders, and improved their awareness on public expenditure tracking in all six markets of Mwanza Municipality.

"As an impact of the project, officials in all six markets are now issuing electronic receipts and are preparing financial reports," Ms. Mate says, adding that the process had decreased financial embezzlement in public markets, increased revenue, improved markets’ infrastructure as well as market service delivery.

Constantino Joseph Katambi is a Kirumba market chairman, who commends the EFG for implementing a project that has helped many people to realize the need for engaging the community in matters of interest. Mr. Katambi says the project has enabled them to track their market income and expenditure that the market has improved its infrastructure and clients receive high-quality services.

EFG Executive Director, Ms. Magigita, says the project has increased the morale of many women who work in the sector and shaped better relationships among the traders, market leaders and local government officials in Mwanza.


 "EFG facilitated the training of market traders. During the course, EFG gave training on market by-laws, the role of the informal sector, economic rights and qualities of Good Governance. As a result, they have increased their attendance in market meetings, are engaged in governance dialogues and demanding that local leaders become more responsible and accountable in providing quality service delivery," she says.

FCS conducts Joint Visit in Mwanza

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) together with Development Partners (DPs) and Government Representatives plans to conduct a Joint Monitoring visit to Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) based in Mwanza Region.

The visit will take place on 28th June 2017 and will begin by visiting the Office of the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza and later on visit Wotesawa Young Domestic Workers Organisations. Wotesawa one of FCS grantee implements a project on Developing a Society that is free from Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Harmful Traditions in Mwanza. The project among other things addresses rights for young domestic workers.

 Other organizations which are visited on day one are; Chama Cha Walemavu Tanzania –Ilemela Branch and the Equality for Growth. Chama cha Walemavu Tanzania-Ilemela Brach implements a project on Community Awareness on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This project has enhanced the community on rights of People with Disability and their involvement in development projects.

The Equality for Growth implemented a project on enhancing the role of informal sector in promoting good governance and accountability at local government. This project has increased women participation in market management and leadership in Mwanza Municipality.

On day two the following Organisations are going to be visited: Amani Girls Hope, Ilemela District CSOs Network, and the Kivulini Women’s Rights Organisation. The Amani Girls Hope implements a project on enhancing social accountability and enriched sustainable advancement in Sengerema, through which they have managed to transform the Sengerema District community to practice qualities of good governance through Radio Talk Shows. The Kivulini Women’s Rights Organisation has reached more than 3,490 people (1,665 Male & 1,825 Female) through meetings and dialogues on GBV and the Ilemela District CSOs Network (ILEDISNET) has managed to increase community awareness in attending village meetings in which they get the opportunity to assess public resources expenditures.

The Tanzania League of the Blind - Kwimba will be visited on Day three. The Organisation implements a project on community sensitization on the rights and participation for People with Disability in decision making in public matters.

new organisations selected for Due Diligence 2017

Foundation for Civil Society has released a list of new organisations selected for Due Diligence (follow this link) in response to call for Project Proposals for implementation of Good Governance programme in Tanzania made March 2017. This list includes only successful applicants for only Innovative Grants and Medium Grants. 


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CST: provide equal treatment to all children

The community has been advised to give equal treatment to all children, regardless of their physical or disability status. The Child Support Tanzania (CST) Project Coordinator, Mr. Omoding James, gave the advice when discussing the work that CST is doing in Mbeya Region.

CST is based in Mbeya. It implements the Take all My Friends to School Project. The project focuses on supporting children with disability to access education.

James says CST works hand in hand with the community in order to provide schooling opportunity for children with disabilities. The project is funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS). They have managed to increase community awareness on rights for children with disability.

“Some school authorities have begun to change their attitude. They have realized the need to support children with disability. For instance, at Juhudi Primary School, they have built ramps in some classrooms so as to support children with disability. Prior to the implementation of this project, there was no smooth passage to classrooms for children with disability at Iwambi. This is no longer the case. We have increased the number of children with disabilities from 62 to 78 in six schools. Currently the Government, through the Local Government Authority, is supporting programs aimed at assisting children with disability,” he says.

James says prior to the implementing of the project, CST observed that some parents could not afford to take their disabled children  to school due to snags caused by distance and financial considerations. He also observed that some nearby schools did not neither had the capacity nor the teaching tools for accommodating and teaching children with disabilities. As a result, the children stayed home without going to school.

According to James, CST has supported the community to recognize the social and economic impact of stigma on children with disabilities. They have organized seminars for family members, teachers and government officials on facilitating equal and better treatment for children with disabilities.

“Our society must accept change and abandon discriminatory traditions, customs and taboos that stigmatize children with disabilities,” James says and adds, “Stigma has a direct link to poverty, especially in families with children with disabilities.”

 He says that they have seen some parents, and in most cases men, abandon their families simply because their wives have given birth to children with disabilities. He added that there in some cases children with disabilities have been segregated and unequally treated by their own families. He says that once men abandon their families once their spouses give birth to disabled children; it creates a difficult environment for women to manage their day to day lives.

 “Take the example of a mother out there who has failed to go to her farm due to the duty of taking care of her disabled child. When others are producing, she is at home. When her fellow villagers are harvesting, she has nothing to harvest. In the end, her family lives in extreme poverty,” he says.

 “There are many disabled children in this community. Once these are left to interact only with their family members, it limits them the time to engage in economic activities. We need to engage the entire community to support children with disabilities,” he says.

The Regional Commissioner for Mbeya, Honorable Amos Makala, congratulates CST for implementing the project in his region. He says the project works in line with the 5th Government Development plan, which emphasizes education for all. Mr Makala argues that CST has been helping children with disabilities in their schooling, and also by forming children clubs where they teach about children’s rights and equal opportunities in education.

Zedekia Kalisi, is a mother of a child with albinism. She says her life began to be more financially unstable after giving birth to that child. “I used to be engaged in various economic activities. My husband loved me and supported the family financially. I never thought he would abandon us after having this baby,” she says while emphasizing that she has to stop doing most of her economic activities for the sake of just staying at home and taking care of her baby. “I thank CST for this project. It helps to educate people on the impact of stigma on children with disabilities. My child now goes to school. I also get sufficient time to work,” she says.


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