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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…

Denmark grants TZS 1.6 bn in additional funding to FCS to support civil society programs across the country

The Danish Embassy in Tanzania has granted Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) DKK 4,280,720, equivalent to TZS 1.6bn additional funds to contribute towards sustainable development in Tanzania. The additional funds bring the total of the Danish Embassy’s financing to FCS to approximately TZS 4.4bn for the year 2021. The Embassy signed an agreement to increase Danish support to FCS on 5th May 2021. The agreement was signed by Danish Ambassador to Tanzania, H.E. Ms. Mette Nørgaard Dissing-Spandet and FCS’ Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga. Funds received will enable FCS to…

Citizen centric approach, CSO engagement advances the accountability agenda

Various-Participants-from-CSOs-and-the-Parliament-during-the-CSOs-Directors-Forum-Session-on-the-CAG-report-analysis The accountability agenda should be citizen-centred, driven by citizen themselves, for the citizen holding the duty bearers accountable for better social service delivery. Well-informed and robust collaboration among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and citizens to enhance accountability and transparency is needed. The statements were said during the CSOs Directors forum session themed ‘’the Role of CSOs in enhancing public financial accountability for better social services’’. The session organized in collaboration with Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) , WAJIBU Institute of Public Accountability (WIPA) and NGO Network for Dodoma Region…

FCS, government institutions capacitate CSOs on tax compliance and employee protection

Government institutions convened with civil society organisations for a two-day session on 29 and 30 April 2021 to capacitate CSOs on compliance governing their operations in Tanzania. Discussions were specifically aimed at equipping CSOs with in-depth knowledge on tax compliance and employee protection The session is a part of the Foundation for Civil Society’s initiative to support the growth of the civil society sector in Tanzania and contribute to national development through the operations of CSOs. The session was organised in collaboration with the National Council of Non-governmental Organisations (NaCoNGO),…

TAS Bukombe: More representation of people with disabilities needed at grassroots level

The Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) in Bukombe District has called for more inclusion of people with disabilities as a way to increase their contribution to national development and participation in decision-making. People with disabilities need greater political space at various decision-making levels to guarantee their development and that of the nation in general, according to the TAS Chairperson in Bukombe District, Geita Region, Idda Saka James. However, they face limitations and challenges in this endeavour. James said people with disabilities are still generally stigmatised and excluded from the political space…