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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…

FCS Trust Limited receives French Embassy grant to assist women and girls in organic and sustainable agriculture

FCS Trust, a development agency specialising in the provision of advisory services in Tanzania, is among the recipients of a 720,000 USD (TZS1.7 billion) French Embassy grant to implement a two-year project that aims to empower women and girls through organic and sustainable agriculture. The project is part of efforts to tackle gender inequality and empower women, girls and victims of gender-based violence. Dubbed “the GAPE project”, the initiative will benefit and directly reach 2,000 women in Tabora, Dodoma and Zanzibar. During the launch of the project on 19 April…

CEDESOTA Increasing Women Access to Land Ownership

Members of Women Land Forum (WLF) in Valeska village in Arumeru District in Arusha Region Community Economic Development and Social Transformation (CEDESOTA) has been able to conduct a Women’s Right to Own Land intervention in five wards in Arumeru District. The wards include; Leguruki, King'ori and Malula, Marori, Makiba and Mbugani in 26 villages. CEDESOTA conducted awareness campaigns and trainings for community members encouraging Meru women to own land to achieve economic development and financial freedom.  Even when the Tanzanian law provides that women can own land, customs and traditions require…

Child Marriages Still a challenge among the Maasai community

A students school club formed through CWCD interventions in Arusha2 Child Marriages, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are among the challenges that face many girls in Maasai communities in Arusha Region. A great number of Maasai girls are affected by these harmful traditional practices which hinder them from achieving their dreams of learning in advancing academically.  Different stakeholders in collaboration with the Government both at the National and local levels have been taking various steps to ensure that communities are aware of the oppressive harmful practices so that attitude towards the…

FCS introduced to New Leadership in SHIVYAWATA

Francis Kiwanga, Foundation for Civil Society Executive Director  introduced to new appointed leaders in SHIVYAWATA On 25 January 2021, Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) held a meeting with Shirikisho la Vyama vya Watu Wenye Ulemavu Tanzania (SHIVYAWATA) for an introduction meeting with the latter’s new leadership. Ernest Kimaya is the elected Chairperson of SHIVYAWATA. The meeting comprised of FCS members including its Executive Director Francis Kiwanga, its Programs Manager Francis Uhadi and its Program Officer Eveline Mchau with the SHIVYWATA new Leadership team. FCS has been supporting social inclusion interventions…

CSOs Play Vital role in Development Declares Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister of Health,Community Development,Gender,Elderly and Children Hon. Dr. Godwin Oloyce Mollel saying a word during a strategic meeting of NGOs and the Ministry. Dr. Godwin Mollel, the Deputy Minister responsible for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has called upon NGOs and the government to work together towards adopting a cross-cutting tracking system which will help monitor the important contributions of the civil society in the country. Dr. Mollel made this statement as the Guest of Honor during the closing ceremony of the two-day Stakeholders Meeting in Dar Es…

NGOs Make Whopping TZS 279 Billon Contribution to Development Sector

Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza Executive Director presenting on the contribution of NGOs to National Development. Civil society organizations in the country have contributed a staggering 279 billion shillings, in just three years, hence playing a key role to the development sector and the overall Tanzanian economy.   Aidan Eyakuze, the Executive Director of Twaweza, quoted these figures as the main speaker during a session on ‘The contribution of NGOs in the development of the nation’ which took place at the two-day national stakeholders and engagement meeting between Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the…