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CSO Week 2019 Preparations Underway

The CSOs Week 2019 Organizing Committee met on 14th August, 2019, to discuss plans for the upcoming annual Civil Society Week to be held in Dodoma in November this year. Members of the committee in attendance included officials from Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), POLICY FORUM, WAJIBU Institute, TWAWEZA, SAVE THE CHILDREN, YUNA, Legal Services Facility (LSF), CARE International and Msichana Initiative.   Since the inaugural CSO Week held in 2018, there has been increasing appreciation among stakeholders on the importance of the Week as a platform for comprehensive engagement…

Sign Language use in Justice Enforcement Agencies Supported

Permanent Secretary Calls for Sign Language Literacy among Police, Public Officials The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Major General Jacob Kingu has called for the adoption and use of sign language in justice enforcement and dispensing agencies to enhance communication between deaf people and the government agencies.   This was said during an advocacy event that was held on 12 July 2019 at the Pius Msekwa Hall in Dodoma. The meeting was organised by the Tanzania Association of the Deaf (CHAVITA) themed National Advocacy Engagement session on Sign…

CSOs – Media Forum: Engaging for Greater Community Impact

CSOs, Media Urged to Strengthen their Relations Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) organised a CSOs - Media Forum which brought together Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) representatives and media practitioners to open dialogue for strengthening their relations. The forum also aimed at forging long term CSO and media engagement in collectively contributing towards achieving sustainable development in the country, supporting one another to reach and change the lives of millions of people, especially marginalised groups and communities in Tanzania. The event was held on July 11, 2019, at the Royal Village…

PWDs, Zanzibar CSOs Receive Grants Management Training

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) organized grants management training specifically for civil society organisations (CSOs) implementing projects for the deaf people and for those based in Zanzibar. The Manage Your Grant (MYG) training was conducted to prepare the grantees to effectively and efficiently manage the grants provided by FCS and ensure their interventions impact the lives of people in the communities they serve.   These grants management sessions are normally facilitated by FCS to enhance grantees understanding of their contractual responsibilities in implementing and measuring the performance of their FCS-funded…

CSOs Directors Forum Series to Enhance Public Accountability and Transparency

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in collaboration with WAJIBU Institute and NGO Network for Dodoma(NGONEDO) organized the Civil Society Organizations Directors Forum in the Capital City Dodoma to empower CSOs and development actors to raise public awareness on the released CAG report and develop engagement forums to reflect and discuss key issues from the document. Such interactive forums aim at enhancing the effective engagement of the actors in promoting public accountability.   Chairperson of NGONEDO, Sarah Mwagasaid that such forums are important for assessing such public records and afford open…

FCS supports Inclusion Interventions for Deaf People in Tanzania

  Issues TZS 200 Million grant for supporting and advocating rights of Deaf persons 15 CSOs to benefit from the grant Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has issued grants worth TZS 200 million to 15 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that support deaf people in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. The support will go in implementing projects and interventions that improve communication between deaf people and the Police, Prisons and the Judiciary. The aim is to foster support to the rights of deaf people and advocate for the use of sign language…

FCS and THRDC partner to promote democratic governance and protection of human rights

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has signed for a Sh 1.6 billion ($714,286) grant agreement with Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) geared at improving citizens’ participation in democratic governance and protection of human rights as well as human rights defenders in Tanzania. This is a 3-year initiative that, among other things, aims at promoting human rights in the country and also engaging citizens on civil rights.   Speaking during the contract signing, the Executive Director of FCS, Mr. Francis Kiwanga said that the grant would strengthen THRDC and other…

FCS Holds CSOs Reflection Session in Zanzibar

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) organized a 2-day (April 13 to 14) reflection session with key Civil Society sector stakeholders in Zanzibar with the purpose of learning and discussing new engagement approaches to strengthen the sector in the Isles. The session was attended by Government officials, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Leaders and their representatives. Others include development stakeholders as well as participants from universities and the public sector.   The workshoprevisited the current CSOs strategic approaches implemented in Zanzibar and their impact. They also reviewed the challenges CSOs face and…

WoteSawa push for domestic workers’ rights leaves a mark

WoteSawa push for domestic workers’ rights leaves a mark   Established in 2005, WoteSawa Young Domestic Workers Organisation (hereafter, WoteSawa), the NGO has, over the years, been seeking to ensure domestic workers are fairly treated by their employers. Cases of abuse and mistreatment of domestic workers are rife in Mwanza Region, just as it is elsewhere in the country. Now that is where WoteSawa comes in—to awaken employers and employees to the fact that those who work in people’s homes deserve to enjoy rights that any employee elsewhere accesses.  …

PARTNERSHIPS AND COALITIONS TRANSFORM CIVIL SOCIETY WORK

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and the Legal Services Facility (LSF) held their second learning session in Dar es Salaam on 25th April, following a successful first meeting last year that brought together teams from both sides. The learning sessions are meant to link up the two organisations through experience and knowledge sharing and discussions aimed at identifying entry points for strategic collaboration.   While FCS is among the biggest funding mechanisms and provider of capacity building services in Tanzania, LSF is an independent basket fund focusing on increasing access…