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Building Partnerships for Development: Reflections from Financial Resilience Resource Hub (FRRH) Partners on Achievements and the Future of CSO Sustainability in East Africa

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in East Africa are recognizing the critical importance of effective collaboration, learning, resource generation, and management to advance social justice goals within the East African civil society ecosystem.   This sentiment was articulated during the East Africa Financial Resilience Resource Hub (EA FRRH) meeting held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on January 30th and 31st, 2024. The FRRH is a collaborative effort involving CivSource-Africa, the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), and the Kenya Community Development Foundation, working together to support organizations navigate challenges such as shrinking…

CSO Sustainability: Aid Localization conversation at the Forefront of CSO Sector • Plan for the Future: CSOs Encouraged to Prioritize building financial resilience

In a bid to align their goals with anticipated aid funding and ensure effective utilization, civil society organizations (CSOs) must turn to innovative approaches to foster sustainability, especially in times of disaster. Discussions around the dynamics of aid localization and decolonization are at the forefront of these strategic conversations.   Allais Morindat, a member of FCSTZ, emphasized the complexities surrounding international aid, noting ongoing debates on colonial legacies and entrenched power dynamics within the aid and development industry.   ‘‘ It's crucial to strategize your goals for the year in…

Building Partnerships for Development: FCS, NAMA Foundation Dialogue to Advance Education Empowerment

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) recently engaged in fruitful discussions with the NAMA Foundation team from Saudi Arabia, aiming to foster collaboration and knowledge exchange within Tanzania's education and development sector.   During the meeting, our Executive Director, Francis kiwanga, and Programmes Manager, Edna Chilimo, explored various avenues for cooperation with the NAMA Foundation, which is committed to promoting sustainable development through education empowerment and civil society capacity building, with a particular focus on youth development and volunteerism.   The NAMA Foundation team comprised of Muayed Bagais - Chief…

‘Uraia Wetu’ partners receive Manage Your Grants training

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) conducted Manage your Grants (MYG) training for 15 civil society organisations implementing a 36-month project dubbed “Uraia Wetu” funded by the European Union (EU) and which aims to promote meaningful participation of civil society in multi-stakeholder policy processes and strengthen CSOs’ capacity to promote public accountability.   FCS launched the “Uraia Wetu” project in early May 2023. As part of the project’s implementation, FCS issued sub-grants to CSOs in both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to undertake activities that will contribute to an improved and…

Breaking Generational Gender Patterns | Women Landowners in Meru

On Ndekusura Urio’s wedding day, she received a gift from her mother-in-law that she knew would transform her life. Her mother-in-law lovingly calls her Ndeku and considers their bond indistinguishable from that of a blood daughter. That day, she gave Ndeku a two-acre parcel of farmland to grow food for her new family near their home on the slopes of Mount Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest mountain. She had been using the land since her own husband’s death. And while indeed this parcel of land transformed Ndeku’s life, it was not in…

CSO Resource Centre: Over 600 CSOs receive training on compliance with laws and regulations governing NGO operations in Tanzania

More than 600 civil society organisations (CSOs) in 15 regions across Tanzania have received capacity-building training on compliance with laws, policies and regulations governing NGOs operations in Tanzania. Mr Nicholaus Mhozya, FCS senior programme officer, revealed this at the organisational compliance clinic and capacity strengthening workshop conducted during the Zanzibar Annual NGO Forum (ZANGOF2023) with the Zanzibar Registrar of NGOS, Mr Ahmed Abdulla. “We have made deliberate efforts to build the capacity of NGOs with regard to the NGO law and tax requirements. We are working with the registrar's office…

Capacity Building  : | 158 participants attend the Manage Your Grant Session in Dodoma

158 participants attend the Manage Your Grant Session in Dodoma * Let’s work in unity, build resilience: Kiwanga The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) conducted the Manage Your Grants (MYG) Training in Dodoma from May 29 to 31 for 158 stakeholders from 79 partner organisations from various regions in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. The training, which aimed to build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) that are recipients of grants from FCS, highlighted factors that should be considered in the implementation of projects to achieve the intended results. In…

Closer engagement for increased community impact: 59 FCS partners trained in Financial Management, Compliance, ICT, Monitoring and Evaluation

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) conducted a 2 day capacity-building training on April 4 and 5, 2023 for its 23 partners from the Coast and Central zones and a 2 day capacity-building session on the 12 to 13 April to our 36 partners from southern highlands and lake zone that are implementing interventions in Social Accountability Monitoring in the water, agriculture, education and health sectors; social inclusion of youth and people with disabilities, and gender equality in various regions in Tanzania.   The training centred on Financial Management; Information…

How citizens’ faith in the government was rebuilt through social accountability and monitoring in Tanga

Major strides are being made in Tanzania’s education sector. Following the introduction of a fee-free education policy in 2015, enrolment in primary schools increased sharply. However, there was still a notable lack of the resources and facilities needed to ensure the provision of quality education. Many local authorities therefore took the initiative to build classrooms and purchase desks, tables and other items to ensure that children received quality education.   At Mkata Village in Tanga Region in eastern Tanzania, local authorities asked residents to contribute money and resources towards the…

FCS hosts Directors from 15 countries under the Change the Game Academy initiative.

*CSO Directors changing Communities across the globe meet to strategize for greater community impact. 6 February 2023. Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in collaboration with Change the Game Academy (CtGA) initiative under Wilde Ganzen Foundation, hosted the Directors’ Meeting- an annual or biannual meeting of CtGA National partner organizations (NPOs) representing various countries from across the globe in Zanzibar. The meeting aimed to discuss the CtGA programme initiative's progress at the global and country-level and set a roadmap for the future of the programme. Speaking during the meeting, Kees de…