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Towards an inclusive society: Stakeholders call for more media representation of People with Disabilities

Various Journalist and SHIJUWAZA team during the capacity training  organized by SHIJUWAZA and funded by FCS SHIJUWAZA calls for more inclusive media reporting Representation of persons with disabilities is key to advancing their inclusion in communities, changing negative perceptions and increasing their contribution to development.  Mr Juma Salim Ali, the Secretary of Shirikisho la Jumuiya za Watu Wenye Ulemavu Zanzibar (SHIJUWAZA), made the remarks during two days of training with journalists in Zanzibar. The training workshop was conducted on 14th and 15th May 2022 to promote positive and appropriate reporting…

Grant Application: Online registration window for CSOs to access FCS grants opens

Grant application process roadmap CSOs urged to be vigilant during grant application process Online registration for organisations interested in working with the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in 2022-2026 is officially open. The online platform is a partner-mapping portal where organisations can register their profiles, thematic focus areas and regions. The registration is the first initial step in the grant application process. Mr Francis Kiwanga, FCS Executive Director, made the announcement in his opening remarks during an FCS information session (Info Session) on engagement opportunities with FCS in 2022-2026. He…

Youth and the development Agenda: Youth graduate from FCS-supported internship program

Zanzibar Registrar of NGOs , Ahmed Khalid pictured with FCS special projects officer, Rehema Malongo with graduates of the CYD internship program during the Internship graduation ceremony at Golden Tulip in Zanzibar The Centre for Youth Dialogue (CYD) has awarded appreciation certificates to Zanzibari graduates in the CYD internship programme funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).  The internship programme entails efforts to diversify employment opportunities among youth in Zanzibar and is promoting the engagement of more than 15 university graduates as interns with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in both Unguja…

Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum: Local Resource Mobilization as a key to growing Community Philanthropy

Philanthropy actors in a group photo during the the Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum at Four Points Hotel in Dar es salaam On 22nd April 2022, Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Tanzania Philanthropy Network (TPO) and East Africa Philanthropy (EAPN) convened a Tanzania National Philanthropy Forum themed "Local Resource Mobilization: The Key to Growth of Community”.  The event brought together Philanthropy actors in the sector to discuss and recognize emerging trends that would inform the growth of philanthropy by creating & strengthening the enabling environment for community organizations to thrive. "We…

Partnerships for Development: Building Financial Resilience for Civil Society Organizations

To commemorate 25 years of working with local communities in the civil society sector, Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) organized a webinar on Building financial resilience for civil society organizations. The conversation revolved around various experienced experts in the field sharing and reflecting on their organizations' experiences and journey towards building financial resilience whistle supporting communities and making an impact in the lives of communities. Cyprian Kirera Riungu Chairman South Imenti Sustainable Education Fund (a project of SIDA) shared experience in the power of communities’ resource mobilization and how communities…

Leave no one Behind: Health care inclusion for People with Disabilities in Kongwa District.

People with disabilities face challenges in accessing health care facilities. They often face communication barriers or a lack of infrastructure in accessing health care facilities. Apart from these barriers, negative attitudes toward disability disempower individuals with disabilities and lead to their social exclusion and isolation. Foundation for Civil Society interventions aim at addressing barriers that prevent the inclusion of people with disabilities in communities and their participation in the community, local government and national policy engagement. In 2021, FCS funded TZS 321,240,000 to 14 organizations of people with disabilities to…

Woman of Achievements

We thank our former FCS Trust Limited CEO, Ms. Martha Olotu for her achievements and contributions to building FCS Trust. Ms. Olotu was the first CEO of FCS Trust from December 2019 to March 2022.

Dumisha Amani Zanzibar: FCS, Search for Common Ground holds session on peacebuilding approaches with CSOs, Religious Leaders, Community Leaders and LGAs

Foundation for Civil society (FCS) and Search for Common Ground- Tanzania (SFCG) held 3 refresher training sessions with, Civil society Organizations (CSOs), community and religious leaders and Local government actors on peacebuilding approaches from 3rdFebruary to 5thFebruary in Unguja and Pemba. In 2021, SFCG trained had members working in   CSOs, community leaders, religious leaders and local government actors on -peace building approaches within [NL1] communities thus the refresher training was held to reflect on the approaches, share experiences on how the prior training has capacitated the actors in dealings with conflict. During the span…

There’s More to Life Than Cows: A Harrowing Escape from Child Marriage in Mwanga

When *Saitatia John was 13 years old, her father was hellbent on trying to marry her off for a second time. He had tried once before, in 2018, when Saitatia was 11 years old - but the little girl escaped under cover of night, hiding in bushes kilometers from home. This time in early 2020, with schools closed to halt the spread of COVID-19, her father saw a chance to try again. Saitatia and her family live in the small pastoralist village of Lembei in the Mwanga district of Kilimanjaro.…

Books over Razor Blades:Ending FGM in North Mara, Tanzania

Girls in Mara region at a safe house. ATFGM protects young women in Mara from FGM by setting up shelters and safe houses with support and funding from the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Muya Magesa*, 62, sells milk and eggs in Nyabitocho village, right above the Serengeti in North Mara, Tanzania. She has the spritely walk and booming laughter of a youthful woman, but speaks with the self-assured straightforwardness of an elder. Muya’s market runs as a milkmaid are a far cry from her days as a traditional circumciser,…