CSO boosts capacity to shield women from HIV/AIDS scourge

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Tunaweza Women Group is one of the numerous civil society organisations that focuses on revitalizing the lives of youths, women and other people who are HIV-infected.

The organisation based in Temeke District of Dar es Salaam organises several types of courses that empower the participants to liberate themselves economically and lead decent lives.
Leaders of the group had thought it wise to undertake a capacity building course that would help them improve their day-to-day operations. The Foundation for Civil Society extended a grant to facilitate the training.  

The treasurer of the group, Ariziki Mtambalike, recalls: “Prior to undertaking the training, we used to run the organisation in an overly local manner. We are now conducting our operations in a more professional style.”

“We also used to wait for a problem to occur so as to spring into action. We now realize that the task of a leader is not only to solve problems but also follow up our clients,” Mtambalike says.
Tunaweza Women Group has earmarked Saturday as a day when women meet to discuss various issues and work challenges. 



People with disabilities criticize infrastructure

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Tanzania has not fully implemented the 2006 UN human convention that calls on countries to have friendly infrastructure for persons with disabilities (PWDs), according to visually impaired persons attending training in Mwanza.

Among the notable complaints were lack of friendly sidewalks, footpaths and toilets for PWDs, with those with visual impairment the worst victims. Conducted by Tanzania League of Blind Mwanza branch with the funds from Foundation for Civil society, the training on legal rights to PWDs drew 35 visually impaired persons from six districts of Mwanza Region.

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Ludewa residents okay formation of three-tier government system

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The people of Mlangali, Ludewa District in Njombe Region, have recommended an adoption of a three-tier government as outlined in the new constitution draft, with a call on issues of national security and safety to be given a special consideration.

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Dialogues on enhancing accountability in education sector pay off in Ileje

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 Teachers, students and other stakeholders of a project on enhancing accountability in education sector in Ileje district have expressed satisfaction following some registered improvements in the sector, primarily brought about by a campaign to mobilize the community participation.

In particular, pupils and students can now have regular meals at schools. More striking is that even new classrooms, teachers’ houses, assembly halls, to be used for examinations and other activities are under construction following a community mobilization campaign waged by Kilio cha Mama na Watoto Mbeya (KIWAMAMBE) through the funding from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

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Mbeya rural supports three-tier government system

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Some residents of Utengule, Usongwe and Nsalala in Mbeya rural have supported a motion for a three-tier government as recommended by the Warioba Committee.
The position was made clear in August during a forum to discuss the new constitution draft organized by the Hope for Deprived Action in Development (HDPAD) through the funding from the Foundation for Civil Society.

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