CSOs advised to improve engagement in democratic processes

As Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) sector start the year 2016 with fresh memories of key democratic processes that took place hardly few months ago, more advice has been given to improve the sector’s future democratic engagements.

Giving the advice to CSOs representatives from different parts of the country towards end of last year at the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam, the coordinator of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders (THRD), Mr. Onesmo Ole Ngurumwa said he observed some lapses of coordination within the sector during the key democratic processes.

The referred to key democratic processes include the just ended general elections and the then constitutional review process.

He said: “Despite all that happened during the 2015 key democratic processes, CSOs did something great but have to improve in a number of things.”

“To improve in our future engagement in crucial democratic processes we need to ensure we continue building the capacity of CSOs to perform the tasks and to fundraise, improve communications skills and documentation so as to attract wider publicity as well as networking,” he said.


For the general elections, Mr. Ole Ngurumwa was of the view that CSOs have to go beyond electoral observation and voter education while maintaining professionalism and trust in educating citizens on a number of issues.

Mr. Ole Ngurumwa made the remarks at the two-day CSOs annual forum that had brought together over 250 representatives from the CSO sector, scholars, government, development partners, and other members from the private sector from around the country to share and exchange experiences and ideas around “The Role of CSOs in effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



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