FCS holds ‘Manage Your Grant’ training to its new 120 grantees

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has offered a mandatory Manage Your Grant training (MYG) training to its newly approved grantees – being the first one to be offered in the year 2016, and also in the new FCS Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
The training has attracted participants from a total of 120 new grantee organisations from different parts of the country and is being conducted in Dodoma from 26 – 28 September 2016.
Also, the new grants to be awarded, worth TZS 5.8 billion, are expected to reach out to a million of Tanzanians in different parts of the country, as well as inspire better results in the following sub-result areas: citizen’s participation; quality of policy; accountable decision making; and effective public service delivery.
During the MYG training the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga said: “the new grantees should ensure better use of the funds given, since they are part of the generous support from the Development Partners. These development grants are purely our fellows’ tax payers’ money. Therefore, they belong to the poor communities in need and not for a few unfaithful individuals.”
Current FCS Development Partners include the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID); Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC); Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA; and NORAD.
The MYG training therefore seeks to address on key issues around grants management, such as project designing and management, financial management, outcomes and output reporting, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation - in view of empowering the new grantees with the technical ability to implement their projects effectively.
During the training, participants have the opportunity to review their project documents, which are primarily part of the grant-contract attachments. The training also seeks to streamline the projects’ attachments to be more result-focused with acceptable levels of consistence between project outcomes, outputs, activities, budget framework, work plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks.

FCS signs new bilateral agreement with NORAD

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has signed a new bilateral agreement with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) worth Norwegian Kroner (NOK) 10 million – approximately $ 1.2 million for the period of two years from 2016 up to 2018.

The support will build on the present basket funding available in contributing to sustainable development in Tanzania through civil society strengthening, policy influencing and enhancing a learning culture.

FCS vision seeks to have empowered and responsible Tanzanians realize social economic justice and improved quality of life.

CSOs urged to revamp citizens’ engagement in the EAC integration

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the East African regional integration (EAC) have been asked to redefine their core roles and make citizens more aware of what is happening in each step of the process.

This was said by Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) at a two day meeting held in Morogoro that saw the establishment of a Tanzanian CSOs chapter for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the EAC regional integration. 

The Tanzania chapter is part of the East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) coordinated by FCS through funds from TradeMark East Africa.

Mr. Kiwanga added that CSOs need to start working from the grassroots and provide key information on the benefits of the integration and how the process will affect their quality of life. 

EACSOF is charged with the role of fostering greater and effective civil society engagement in the EAC integration process. It is envisaged that through EACSOF, CSOs will build networks and institutional capacity so as to enable citizens benefit from the process.

CSOs Proactivity in Devising National Development Plans

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been advised to be more proactive in the formulation of national development plans so as to collectively influence change processes and development in the community.

The remark was made by Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the Executive Director of The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) at a one-day national CSOs consultative forum organized by the FCS, to validate the proposed 2016/17-2020/21 Tanzania Five Year National Development Plan.

He challenged CSOs to be more engaging, ready to dialogue and take the lead in the formulation of national development plans to ensure that their views and concerns are included in these development plans rather than being reactive only after the plans have been formulated.

“CSOs are key development players in the realization of development goals and plans when it comes to implementation and monitoring aspects, starting from the grassroots level. Thus, it is important for CSOs to actively engage with our policy makers so as to adequately influence improvement and implementation of the Five Year Development Plan,” said Mr. Moses Kulaba, who was the forum facilitator.

“The proposed five-year development plan, which has already been presented in the parliament did not adequately consult views from the CSOs sector as one of key development stakeholders in Tanzania. Therefore, this forum calls for urgent CSOs inputs to ensure that some of the left out citizens’ concerns are being included in the final draft of the development plan document,” he added.

Mr. Zaa Twalangeti, a participant from Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO) said the government should recognize CSOs inputs by giving them the opportunity to air their views and comments on the final draft, as well as suggest ways of implementation.


FCS plans interventions with People with Disability

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has invited representatives from the Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) to identify specific areas of intervention to be funded by the FCS for the coming year.

Speaking at a meeting aimed at aggregating DPOs’ views on key interventions FCS can consider when targeting projects concerning People with Disabilities (PWDs), Mr. Dickson Mveyange, a stakeholder at the meeting, proposed for interventions aimed at creating an inclusive society where PWDs enjoy recognition and equal rights to education, health and other basic social services.

He also proposed more targeted disability awareness campaigns to reduce stigmatization. He also thinks advocacy would be key to awaken PWDs to stand up and add value to the community.

Mr. Luis Benedict from Tanzania League of the Blind (TLB) said: “Laws and Policies governing PWDs need to be re-addressed since there still exists some contradictions. Also, there is a strong need for strengthening and building the capacity of DPOs to enhance sustainability and growth, as well as creating good cooperation amongst the organisations.”

Gender and Health matters for PWDs was another focal area for consideration, particularly on issues affecting women and children with disabilities.



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