CSO called upon to engage with EU and member states in Tanzania

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga has teamed up with the Head of Delegation of the European Union (EU) Ambassador Roeland van de Geer in the launch of a new brochure on EU engagement with Civil Society in Tanzania, detailing the latter’s aspirations to engage with the sector.

During the event held in early April in Dar es Salaam, Ambassador Roeland van de Geer said: “Civil society is a crucial actor that can effectively become even more vocal in terms of democracy and governance, both at national and local level.”

Traditionally, the European Union supports civil society in Europe itself and in many countries throughout the world. Over the period between 2014 and 2020, the EU together with its Member States directly fund civil society initiatives and local authorities with more than EUR 2 billion (about 50 trillion TZS) worldwide. 

During the event also attended by representatives from EU Member States, civil society organizations as well as public and private stakeholders, it was reiterated that civil society has always been a major focus of attention and recipient of EU aid in Tanzania. 

Over the years, the EU Delegation and EU Member States has interacted regularly with civil society actors, and to the admission of both parties, an active civil society represents and supports pluralism and helps to develop and monitor policies for sustainable development and inclusive growth. 

The launched brochure, which is available in English and Kiswahili, informs a broader public but specifically CSOs in Tanzania about opportunities available from the EU and its Member States for their engagement.

Support from the EU encourages actors in the civil society to work towards better governance and more participatory development. To facilitate its relationship with civil society and local authorities, the EU has thus established a space for dialogue and tools tailored to their specific requirements.

For her part, the Head of Unit for Civil Society and Local Authorities at the European Commission, Mrs Rosario Bento Pais said, “Civil society and local authorities need to be considered as actors of governance. All development is ultimately local, as underlined by the new sustainable development goals.” 



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