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CSOs Contribute TZS 79m to Govt for Covid-19 Fight

On 8th April 2020, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) combined forces to support Government initiatives in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak in Tanzania. Collectively the CSOs raised over TZS79 million. The funds were handed over to the National Relief Fund through the Prime Minister’s Office. The CSOs that contributed the funds are Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Legal Services Facility, (LSF), Women Fund Tanzania Trust, Save the Children, African Philanthropy Network (APN), Wajibu Institute, Twaweza, Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) and Children’s Dignity Forum. This was a show of solidarity from…

FCS‘s Fight against FGM for a Better Future

Every year, 6th February is recognized globally as theInternational Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day aims to create awareness, amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice by various stakeholders. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is a form of gender discrimination. FGM also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when…

CSOs Call for Inclusion of Marginalised Communities in Upcoming Elections

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) promote citizen participation and accountability in the electoral processes through engagement with electoral authorities and its stakeholders for the enhancement of democratic governance. This was said during the CSOs Directors Forum discussion entitled ‘The Role of Civil Society in Democratic Elections’.The event that was organized by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) brought together CSO directors from Dar es Salaam and neighboring regions for dialogue and capacity strengthening of CSOs on democratic elections. The event took place on 7th February 2020. The session aimed to enhance…

What is at the core of case verification? : Measuring the results and outcomes of program interventions

Foundation for Civil Society’s core niche is working with organizations implementing interventions at grass-root levels as the majority of citizens reside in these areas.  In ensuring that interventions achieve the desired results and outcomes in line with the strategic plan, results from programs are compiled using a case-based system. This system was piloted immediately after the revision of the theory of change and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) framework and it includes the following levels of cases; Unverified changes from grantees reports or monitoring visits referred to as…

FCS Trains its 151 Grantees on Project Reporting

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) grantees submit periodic reports on the progress of project interventions implemented in their various geographical and thematic areas. The reports ensure that the outcomes and results of inventions are well documented. The reports highlight the data collected and the narrative of the issues that arise during implementation. These reports inform FCS on the outcomes, results, cases (impact stories) from the ground. From 23 to 24 January 2020, FCS capacitated 151 of its grantees implementing various projects across Tanzania on project reporting. The training was organized…

FCS 2020 Grants to Support Inclusion Initiatives in Elections, Strengthening of CSOs in Zanzibar

In contributing towards the Tanzania development process and poverty reduction initiatives, especially at the grassroots levels and among marginalised groups, Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) supports Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by providing them with grants to implement project interventions that work to empower such groups. On December 23, 2019, FCS made a call for proposals for organisations to apply for grants to implement interventions focusing on strengthening the participation of People With Disabilities in the 2020 General Elections and grants for CSOs in Zanzibar to implement various projects for the…

CSO Week 2019 Highlights and Facts

NEW REGISTERED CSOs A total of 617 new CSOs were registered between 2018 and 2019 while only 385 were registered in 2017. This is a significant growth (60 percent). Among the 617 CSOs registered, 44 were registered at international level, 551 nationally, 7 regionally and 15 at district level. These figures, therefore, add to a total of 10,318 CSOs registered in the country as of October 30, 2019. The Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly and Children, Hon. Ummy Mwalimu, provided the figurers during the opening of CSO…

13th Annual Civil Society Forum in Zanzibar Kicks Off

Association of non-governmental organisations in Zanzibar (ANGOZA) convened the 13th edition of the Annual Civil Society Forum in the Isles. The forum was held from November 26 to 27, 2019. The Forum is a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), private sector, Government officials, academicians, research institutions and citizens at large through their development committees to meet and discuss critical issues around development in the Isles. This year’s annual forum focused on the ‘’Role of CSOs in enhancing democracy and development initiatives in Zanzibar”.   The objective of this year’s…

3rd CSO Media Forum 2019 Hosted in Zanzibar

The fourth and last session of the CSO Media Forum was hosted in Zanzibar on November 29, 2019. The event was co-hosted by Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with Association of Non-Governmental Organizations of Zanzibar (ANGOZA) a network of NGOs in Zanzibar, and it brought together media practitioners and Civil Societies operating in Zanzibar.   FCS believes in creation of a national space where all parties (political and non-political, state and non-state) can converge and hold meaningful discussions and dialogues on Tanzania nation building. Subsequently, holding these media-civil society forums…

FCS and CSOs join hands to support over 220 Children

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) launched the #GivingTuesday campaign in Tanzania on November 19, 2019. The day was marked with giving donations to 228 children with disabilities and albinism at Matumaini Primary School in Dar es Salaam. The momentous day took place this year on November 19th and among those who joined forces with FCS were numerous Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and members of the business community, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC), Road Safety Ambassadors (RSA), HUGO…