FCS provides new TZS 5.8 billion grants to CSOs

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) under its new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan has provided grants to a total of 120 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in different parts of Tanzania under the area of Governance and Accountability. The new grants worth TZS 5.8 billion are provided to implement projects in a period of six months.
The funded CSOs are expected to reach out to a million of Tanzanians in different parts of the country as well as inspire better results in the following sub-result areas, including: citizen’s participation; improved quality of policy; accountable decision making; and effective public service delivery.
Intervention areas/ sectors to be supported in these grants to CSOs include: Education; Water; Land Rights; fight against Gender Based Violence; People with Disability, Youths and Women Empowerment.
According to internal FCS procedures, all grantees have to first undergo the mandatory Manage Your Grant (MYG) training so as to enable them fine-tune their project indicators, expected outcomes, as well as budgets. Also, the MYG allows the grantees to prepare plans of action for activities as well as monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure results are well captured. The MYG training will be held from 26-28 September 2016 in Dodoma.
Towards the end of MYG training representatives of the grantee organisations will be tested on their training modules proficiency, such that upon successful completion, they will be made to sign contracts for the immediate implementation of the funded projects.
Background information:
•    New FCS grantees undergo the Manage Your Grant Training (MYG) - designed to enhance capacity to manage project implementation, grant, as well as tracking and reporting of results and outcomes of projects to be implemented. It also exposes the grantees to contractual obligations with regard to the project implementation and management of funds.
    •    Current FCS Development Partners include, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC); Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA and NORAD.


FCS holds ‘Manage Your Grant’ training to its new 120 grantees

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has offered a mandatory Manage Your Grant training (MYG) training to its newly approved grantees – being the first one to be offered in the year 2016, and also in the new FCS Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
The training has attracted participants from a total of 120 new grantee organisations from different parts of the country and is being conducted in Dodoma from 26 – 28 September 2016.
Also, the new grants to be awarded, worth TZS 5.8 billion, are expected to reach out to a million of Tanzanians in different parts of the country, as well as inspire better results in the following sub-result areas: citizen’s participation; quality of policy; accountable decision making; and effective public service delivery.
During the MYG training the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga said: “the new grantees should ensure better use of the funds given, since they are part of the generous support from the Development Partners. These development grants are purely our fellows’ tax payers’ money. Therefore, they belong to the poor communities in need and not for a few unfaithful individuals.”
Current FCS Development Partners include the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID); Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC); Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA; and NORAD.
The MYG training therefore seeks to address on key issues around grants management, such as project designing and management, financial management, outcomes and output reporting, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation - in view of empowering the new grantees with the technical ability to implement their projects effectively.
During the training, participants have the opportunity to review their project documents, which are primarily part of the grant-contract attachments. The training also seeks to streamline the projects’ attachments to be more result-focused with acceptable levels of consistence between project outcomes, outputs, activities, budget framework, work plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks.

FCS signs new bilateral agreement with NORAD

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has signed a new bilateral agreement with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) worth Norwegian Kroner (NOK) 10 million – approximately $ 1.2 million for the period of two years from 2016 up to 2018.

The support will build on the present basket funding available in contributing to sustainable development in Tanzania through civil society strengthening, policy influencing and enhancing a learning culture.

FCS vision seeks to have empowered and responsible Tanzanians realize social economic justice and improved quality of life.

CSOs urged to revamp citizens’ engagement in the EAC integration

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the East African regional integration (EAC) have been asked to redefine their core roles and make citizens more aware of what is happening in each step of the process.

This was said by Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) at a two day meeting held in Morogoro that saw the establishment of a Tanzanian CSOs chapter for enhancing citizens’ engagement in the EAC regional integration. 

The Tanzania chapter is part of the East African Civil Society Organizations’ Forum (EACSOF) coordinated by FCS through funds from TradeMark East Africa.

Mr. Kiwanga added that CSOs need to start working from the grassroots and provide key information on the benefits of the integration and how the process will affect their quality of life. 

EACSOF is charged with the role of fostering greater and effective civil society engagement in the EAC integration process. It is envisaged that through EACSOF, CSOs will build networks and institutional capacity so as to enable citizens benefit from the process.

CSOs Proactivity in Devising National Development Plans

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been advised to be more proactive in the formulation of national development plans so as to collectively influence change processes and development in the community.

The remark was made by Mr. Francis Kiwanga, the Executive Director of The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) at a one-day national CSOs consultative forum organized by the FCS, to validate the proposed 2016/17-2020/21 Tanzania Five Year National Development Plan.

He challenged CSOs to be more engaging, ready to dialogue and take the lead in the formulation of national development plans to ensure that their views and concerns are included in these development plans rather than being reactive only after the plans have been formulated.

“CSOs are key development players in the realization of development goals and plans when it comes to implementation and monitoring aspects, starting from the grassroots level. Thus, it is important for CSOs to actively engage with our policy makers so as to adequately influence improvement and implementation of the Five Year Development Plan,” said Mr. Moses Kulaba, who was the forum facilitator.

“The proposed five-year development plan, which has already been presented in the parliament did not adequately consult views from the CSOs sector as one of key development stakeholders in Tanzania. Therefore, this forum calls for urgent CSOs inputs to ensure that some of the left out citizens’ concerns are being included in the final draft of the development plan document,” he added.

Mr. Zaa Twalangeti, a participant from Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO) said the government should recognize CSOs inputs by giving them the opportunity to air their views and comments on the final draft, as well as suggest ways of implementation.

 

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