FCS conducts joint monitoring tour of projects in Mbeya region

The joint monitoring tour of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) projects is under way in Mbeya region from 2-5 December. This time around participants of the joint tour of projects comprise of some FCS Board of Directors, the Management and representatives from the FCS Development Partners. The Development Partners represented are the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Embassy of Norway and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC).

The joint visit is normally prepared to enable the Development Partners get a feel of projects being implemented by the FCS through their basket funding.

While at Mbeya Non Governental Organisatiom Network (MBENGONET) the team was especially able to hear of examples on how the network has strengthened effective relationship and accountability of government officials to the community especially though dialogues on the constitution review process.

Coordinator of the network, Edson Mwaibanje, also conceded to the visiting team that the civil society organisations in the region were still at infant stage and that their interventions through public dialogues has greatly stimulated their network quest - to embark on searching for further and alternative sources of funding apart from the FCS. The FCS has been the only funding partner to MBEGONET activities since 2006.

Civil Society forum on EAC goes for a strong, people centred integration

The Tanzania Civil Society Forum on the EAC held in Arusha has come up with concrete resolutions calling for a strong and people centred regional integration.

 While concluding the two-day forum on 27 November, organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), participants of the forum unanimously called on all the parties to ensure the formation of a strong regional integration that is people centred, and run by the people.

 The Tanzania civil society forum on the EAC also reached a resolution with regard to the position of Tanzania in the East African regional integration. The forum also unanimously wanted to see Tanzania taking a leading role as “champions” for the realisation of a strong integration that is people centred and led by the people.

 “Even if we are to look back at the history, Tanzania was the main country in the region that took the leading role towards the formation of the previous EAC that unfortunately collapsed in 1977. Therefore, there should be no hesitation for Tanzania to re-assume our key role as “champions” behind the formation of a new and stronger EAC integration,” said one of the forum facilitators, Dr. Kitila Mkumbo from the University of Dar es Salaam.

 In another rejoinder, Dr Azaveli Lwaitama, who also facilitated a session in the forum said: “If we are to go for a strong integration, we need a robust political federation so as to check on all the other imbedded processes towards the full integration, such as the Customs Union, the Common Market and Common Currency.”

 “For us as the civil society, our role should be to act as champions to facilitate discussions and dissemination of education in the grassroots - calling for the formation of a strong, people centred integration that we want,” concluded Mr. John Ulanga, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society.

 The forum had invited 130 participants (30 from other East African member states) with the theme: “The role of CSOs in strengthening East Africa Regional Integration.”

CSOs urged to be champions for Strong East African regional integration

Civil Society Organisations (CSOS) have been urged to be champions for the realisation of a strong East African Regional Integration.

 The call was made in Arusha on 27 November by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Executive Director, Mr. John Ulanga, when closing the two-day Tanzania CSOs forum on the role of the civil society in strengthening the East Africa regional integration.

 “For us as the civil society, our role should be to act as “champions” to facilitate discussions and dissemination of education in the grassroots - calling for the formation of a strong, people centred integration that we want,” said Mr. Ulanga on his closing remarks.

 Earlier on, a session facilitator, Mr. Basiru Ally, who is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, said if the EAC is to attain a strong regional integration there has to be a shift from the “top-down” approach (held by political leaders) to a people centred approach, and hence encourage for the  “bottom-up” approach where all the common men and women in the region are able to engage in the process.

 However, in their resolutions participants of the forum unanimously called on all the parties to ensure the formation of a strong regional integration that is people centred, and run by the people.

 The CSOs forum also unanimously wanted to see Tanzania taking a leading role as “champions” for the realisation of a stronger integration.

The CSO's Annual Forum in Dar es Salaam ends well

The Civil Society Annual Forum which brought together over 500 representatives from Civil Society Organisations countrywide - including the academia, media, private sector, government and CSOs ended successfully on November 15th in Dar es Salaam. 

This years’ forum also marked the 10 years Anniversary of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) with the theme “10 Years of Building the Capacity of CSOs: are we making an impact?” Among other things the FCS 10th Anniversary was marked with the launch of two special publications “10 years, 10 achievements” and the “10 years of Growth”. A special documentary highlighting the achievements of the FCS was also unveiled. 

During the forum the participants had the opportunity to reflect on achievements made in the civil society sector for the past one year, and the 10 years. CSOs from across the country also reflected on existing opportunities and challenges ahead, as well as strategies on how to enhance effective engagement of CSOs in development processes, and the role the FCS in facilitating that course.   

 

Vice President lauds the Foundation for Civil Society’s work

On 13th November, the Tanzania Vice President, Dr. Gharib Bilal, officiated the 10th Annual Forum for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam, and commended the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) for enhancing wider CSOs’ participation in the country’s development process.

Read more: Vice President lauds the Foundation for Civil Society’s work

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