What is The Foundation for Civil Society? The Foundation for Civil Society is a Tanzanian non-profit company, designed and funded by a group of like-minded development partners, and governed by an independent Board. It was previously known as the Civil Society Program (CSP). The Foundation was registered in September 2002 and started operations in January 2003.
Our Vision The Vision of the Foundation is ‘A Tanzania where citizens are empowered to realise their rights and engage in change processes that enhance their quality of life
.The Mission of the Foundation is “To empower citizens through the provision of grants, facilitating linkages and enabling a culture of ongoing learning to civil society”
What is the aim of the Foundation?
The Foundation aims to establish an intermediary support mechanism for civil society organisations in Tanzania which will enable effective engagement in poverty reduction efforts as set out in the Government of Tanzania policies: Vision 2025, the Tanzania Assistance Strategy, and the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty (NSGRP).
The Foundation is one of the largest support mechanisms for civil society in Tanzania, and is committed to delivering grant aid and supporting capacity-building initiatives as a means of strengthening effective engagement in poverty reduction.
What is the Structure of the Foundation?
The Foundation for Civil Society is operated by the Secretariat and governed by an independent Board and Members.
The secretariat which is located in Dar es salaam, is responsible for day-to-day activities of the Foundation. It comprises three departments; Grants Department, Development Department and Administration & Finance Department.
The Grants department is primarily responsible for issues regarding grants. It is responsible for grants information dissemination through information sessions, grants application processing and contract management of the projects. The department is implementing these activities through site visits, information sessions in the regions and reports analysis.
The Development Department has the overall responsibility of developing and monitoring the Foundation’s policies and procedures. It is a resource centre for the organisation. Specifically, the department’s role is to make sure that the intended outputs and impacts of the Foundation’s services are realised effectively through impact assessments, grantees auditing, information gathering and dissemination, enhancing partnership and networks, conducting participatory research on CSOs,capacity development for CSOs and public engagement through public policy dialogues.
Administration and Finance Department
The Administration and Finance department is responsible for ensuring that the organisation is providing quality services by managing recurrent expenses and maximising value for money within the allocated budget. It has the responsibility to prepare financial reports and ensure sources of funds. The administration and finance department is also charged with the role of updating human resource systems and developing staff related policies.