The moment has come

It is finally coming out together, with the long awaited third biennial assembly of the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) - taking place in Arusha, Tanzania from 1st to 3rd July 2015. The Assembly will be co-hosted by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF). 

The assembly will bring together leaders in philanthropy to discuss actions that will contribute to and sustain the growth of African economies through philanthropy development. 

Themed "Philanthropy in Africa 2015 – People, Policy and Practice" the action oriented sessions will include conversations on unused tax reserves, the impact of governance on philanthropy, and will seek to unearth good practice through knowledge building, research, experience sharing and skills building in each of these critical areas. The program will foreground contributions to philanthropy in Africa by critical constituencies such as women, youth and other marginalised groups. This exciting action focused program will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, academics, the media and other key actors to the table in Arusha.

Among prominent speakers in the program include: Graca Machel, (the former First Lady of the Republic of South Africa and founder of the Graca Machel Trust); the famous Yvonne Chaka Chaka (Princess of Africa Foundation); Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (Co-Founder, African Women’s Development Fund); HRH Sylvia Nagginda, the Nnabagereka (Queen) of Buganda Kingdom, Uganda; Leymah Gbowee (Nobel Laureate, 2011, Leymah Gbowee Foundation) – among others.

The Guest of Honour will be H.E Ambassador Gertude Mongella, who previously served as President of the Pan – African Parliament, as well as the former UN Under-Secretary and Special Envoy to the Secretary General of the United Nations on Women’s Issues and Development. 

Local authority builds on efforts by the FCS Youth projects

Kinondoni district council earmarks TZS 2.8 bn for youths. This seems to have taken full advantage of lessons from the successful pilot model of the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project implemented by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). 

The move thus follows reports that more than 1,518 youths in different parts of Tanzania have been enabled to create jobs and expand businesses through the Y2YF entrepreneurship facility pilot model.

Happening concurrently in mid June, the Kinondoni District Commissioner (DC), Mr. Paul Makonda, was quoted as saying that the council has committed itself to set aside TZS 2.8bn/- this financial year for youth and women projects. 

This commitment can therefore be inferred as some good news to the broader constituency, since the Y2YF projects have only reached out to a handful youth groups - carefully selected with innovative ideas for the start-up or improvement of their business ideas through entrepreneurship and business skills trainings.

Since TZS 2.8 bn is only going to be floated in Kinondoni district, it encourages more stakeholders to see that even the district councils are now taking full advantage of lessons from the Y2YF as a successful pilot model, among others. This is a good addition to complement a facility ranging between TZS 15 million and 20 million - to only 33 youths organisations located in nine regions of the country.

Mr Makonda said the municipality, like several others in the country, has for a long failed to set aside such funds, making it difficult for women and youth groups to access the facility.

He challenged youths and women to form groups so that they can start enjoying the funds for development projects and hence turn the challenges they are facing into opportunities to create employment, if they are to excel.

Youth CSO uses waste to generate wealth

Many people have a feeling that waste is worthless and hazardous due to ignorance and lack of expertise as its residence is at dump where it ends to be burned.

But the International Youth Development Programme (IYDP) located at Magomeni, Ruaha Street; Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam uses the solid waste as a resource to create wealth through the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project - supported by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

IYDP is concerned with youth development issues, particularly uplifting them economically. It was established in 2003 and registered in 2005. 

Flora Kalinga, Executive Director of IYDP says the organisation is basically involved in HIV/AIDS awareness and reproductive health for the youth. Hence, through the FCS managed Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project, they have provided training on how to make charcoal by using waste derived from straw, wood remnants and paper. 

She states that through the Fund, young people have been taught to manufacture various ornaments and glass using pieces of bottles. Beneficiaries were youth aged 15 -35 from different parts of the commercial hub, Dar es Salaam.

According to Kalinga, the project has focused on empowering young people to use waste as a means of self-employment and source of by producing various items like charcoal, ornaments and glass and at the same time mitigating the effects of climate change.

Kalinga says beneficiaries of the waste project are 50 youths who learnt charcoal-making, of which 30 had learned to manufacture alternatives charcoal. Boys were 18 and 12 girls; while in ornaments and glass-making, 20 of them boys and the rest females.

She notes that the project’s strategy was to create jobs for the youth aged 15- 35 and protect the environment by teaching them to use waste to produce alternative charcoal, decorations and glasses, entrepreneurship training, financial management, livestock keeping, customer service, pricing and marketing.

“Through this training the youth have changed the notion that waste is worthless and hazardous, instead appreciating it as wealth and a resource that can earn incomes for livelihood,” she says.

According to Kalinga, this project reduces the level of carbon in the air through Carbon fixation in the soil to avoid human threats posed by too much carbon in the air.

IYDP boss points out that through the Y2YF, a total of 73 businesses have been set up, creating jobs for over 100 young people who are currently self-employed in the decoration-making, glass and alternative charcoal.

FCS project facilitates job creation among youths

More than 1,518 youths in different parts of Tanzania have been enabled to create jobs as well as expand businesses through the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) project implemented by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through funds from the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

This was revealed on 6 May by the ILO’s Youth to Youth Fund regional Coordinator for Tanzania Kenya and Uganda, Mr. Ekanath Khatiwada, at the National Y2YF learning event and policy advocacy forum held in Dar es Salaam. The learning event was also coordinated by the FCS.

He added that the jobs were created as a result of some innovative ideas generated by young entrepreneurs in different parts of the country. The innovative ideas were thus carefully selected through a competitive process, and the ILO support came in as a start-up or improvement of the business ideas through entrepreneurship and business skills trainings.

Speaking during the event, the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga, said as an implementing partner the FCS has offered grants ranging between TZS 15 million and 20 million to 33 youths organisations located in nine regions of Tanzania.

He also added that the Y2YF project has significantly contributed to enhancing youths’ business management skills that has resulted into expansion of businesses, job creation, increasing productivity as well as facilitating linkages of youth groups with cooperative societies and micro finance institutions. “All this has played a significant role in reducing youth unemployment challenges in the country.

Also speaking during the event, ILO Chief Technical Advisor, Jealous Chirove said the Y2YF aims at promoting entrepreneurship among youths for self-employment and most importantly the project has yielded results since the youths have been able to create jobs that can easily be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively.

The learning event was among others attended by participants from all Y2YF grantee organisations in Tanzania, as well as other invited best performers from Kenya and Uganda so as to facilitate sharing of best case practices in line with the Y2YF project.

Mali’s CSO umbrella organisation appreciates learning from the FCS

Visiting members of the CSO umbrella organisation in Mali, and the Malian PAOSC programme – a program that aims at supporting Malian CSO initiatives and building their technical capacities - have expressed satisfaction following a learning visit made at the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Tanzania from 11th to 15th May 2015.

“On behalf of our mission, I would like to thank the FCS for all your help and availability. We have been highly encouraged by the noble work you do every day and so professionally,” said Amadou Amaguiré Ongoiba, who was part of the visiting team from the West African Nation.

The purpose of their visit was to learn about the FCS work, strategies, achievements, challenges and other best case practices.

While in Tanzania the Malian mission had an opportunity to meet up with the FCS management team, some Members of the FCS Board and some of the FCS grantees.




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