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FCS launches new Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026

Governance, Gender Equality, People with disabilities inclusion and Peace among key intervention areasTargets more reach and improved coordination among NGOs The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) on Friday 24th September 2021, launched its new Strategic Plan for the year 2022 – 2026, with four key interventions on top of its agenda, which are; Governance, Sustainable Livelihoods, Gender Equality & Disability Inclusion, and Peace and Conflict Management. Dr. Richard Sambaiga, the Chairman of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Coordination Board, who was also the Guest of Honor during the launching ceremony congratulated FCS…

2021 GATHERING OF GIVERS: Big, Bold and Brave – Growing a Philanthropy Movement

On September 30, 2021, Foundation for civil society (FCS) collaborated with African Philanthropy Network (APN) and East African partners -Tanzania Philanthropy Organization (TPO), African Philanthropy Network (APN), East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) and CivSource Africa to stage a regional East Africa Gathering of Givers event bringing together givers in the east African region to recognize and celebrate the power of local giving. The event was themed Big, Bold and Brave - Growing aPhilanthropy Movement and aimed to inspire 'bigness', boldness and bravery within givers to change their community nationally and…

People with disabilities getting more represented in Mpwapwa local leadership

Civil society work with communities in educating citizens on the rights of People with disabilities Honourable Ummy Nderiananga, formerly the chairperson of SHIVYAWATA, the federation of associations for persons with disability (PWDs), now holds a ministerial position in the Tanzanian Cabinet in charge of the welfare of PWDs. She, herself a person with a physical disability, leads an increasing number of high calibre, hardworking and qualified individuals that have ascended the career and professional ladder in the country's civil service. The government has increased the selection of PWDs in high-level…

Working towards Social inclusion of people with Disabilities: INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF

FCS supported the international week of the deaf commemoration from 20th to 26th September 2021 in Mwanza to create awareness and promote inclusiveness about deaf people in Tanzania. The Tanzania Association of the Deaf (CHAVITA) in commemoration of the International Week of the Deaf, collaborated with Prime Minister Office, President Office- Regional Administration and Local Government and various stakeholders working to promote social inclusion, disability and human rights. The week promotes the rights of Deaf people and encourage solidarity from the Deaf community and their allies in the United Republic…

MORE THAN 150 CSOs TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S CSO WEEK IN DODOMA

At least 150 civil society organizations (CSOs) are expected to participate in the Civil Society Week in Dodoma in October this year. The event dubbed the CSOs week offers an opportunity to engage with multi-sector actors for discussions in the interest of steering the national development agenda. Addressing the press conference recently, Rachel Chagonja, the Executive Director of Haki Rasilimali, a local non-governmental organization working in the extractive industry in Tanzania noted that a lot of success has been achieved since the inception of the event in 2018. HakiRasilimali is…

Community radio and civil society fighting oppressive land rights traditions

Community-based initiative works to end Iringa’s women land rights challenges Iringa is a vibrant municipality and like many urban centres in Tanzania, radio culture runs the pace of life in this small city on the southern highlands. Nuru FM, a small community radio station in the region, is one among dozens of community radio stations that have sprung up all over Tanzania in recent years making it one of the fastest-growing broadcast media providing the much-needed local content public information dissemination. Nuru FM partnered with civil society and Local Government…

Community peace building and conflict resolution efforts succeed in Kondoa

Civil society initiative empowers community conflict resolution mechanisms The available land in Kondoa has for years been faced with conflicts, sometimes deadly, between farmers and livestock keepers in the district. This has divided communities and even caused insecurity. "Land conflicts in this district were very prevalent for a very long time, due to land for both agricultural production and livestock keeping. We have very vibrant farming and livestock keeping communities all vying for the same limited land" states Mr Andrea Izigga Ng'hwani, the Kondoa District Administrative Secretary. Civil society intervenes,…

FCS INTERVENTIONS: PRESIDENT MWINYI APPLAUDS CSO SUPPORT IN FIGHT AGAINST GBV IN Z’BAR

President Hussein Ali Mwinyi has appreciated the contributions of civil society organizations in supporting the government in fighting against gender-based violence (GBV) and issued directives to government officials to strategize and increase efforts to fight against the human right violation. “Let us strategize to win the war against gender-based violence. More actions s are needed," President Mwinyi at the launch event of a database on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) held at Sheikh Idris Abdulwakil Hall. The event was organized by the Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association (ZAFELA) in collaboration with JUWAUZA, ZBC,…

CSO WEEK LAUNCH: NGOS REGISTRAR’S COMMITMENT TO CSOS

The Registrar of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Ms Vickness Mayao has assured civil society Organizations (CSOs) of her office’s commitment to supporting the civil society sector. Ms Mayao made the statement in Dar es Salaam during the launch of this year's CSOs Week scheduled for 23 to 29 October, in Dodoma, themed CSOs' contribution to the national development. She acknowledged civil society contribution to national development and was pleased with continuous collaborations between the government and CSOs adding that her office recognizes the role of the CSOs and other development partners…

INAUGURATION OF NACONGO: MINISTER GWAJIMA CALLS FOR NEW NACONGO LEADERS TO ADHERE TO HIGH STANDARDS

The Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, The Elderly and Children, Dr Dorothy Gwajima has urged the newly elected National Council of Non-Government Organizations (NACONGO) leadership to work diligently and hold the highest standard in the execution of their roles following the council’s elections held on July 5 this year. ‘’I appeal to the new leaders, delegates and representatives selected in various roles to execute their duties with the highest standards. Work in line with the laws, regulations and guidelines’’ she said Dr Gwajima congratulated the new NaCoNGO chairperson Lilian…