FCS set to provide new grants to CSOs

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) under its new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan is set to provide new grants worth TZS 5.8 billion to 120 approved Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in different parts of Tanzania under the area of Governance and Accountability.

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 sub-result areas of citizen’s participation, improved quality of policy, accountable decision making, and effective public service delivery in a period of six months.

Key intervention areas/ sectors to be supported in these new 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 new approved grantees have undergone 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 exposed 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.

120 CSOs trained on how to manage new FCS grants

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 was 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 sub-result areas of 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 had 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 enters 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.

NORAD therefore joins other current Development Partners that contribute to the FCS basket funding, including: the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and the Embassy of Denmark/ DANIDA.

The NORAD support will hence beef up 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.

FCS #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign to support school of disability children

As one sets sights at the current state of Uhuru Mchanganyiko disabilities’ Primary school located at the heart of Dar es Salaam city, it only suffices to say that all is not well enough to enable the destitute cling the upward spiral.

The spirit of giving - in terms of financial and material support is very much needed to turn things around from the negative spiral of the assembled handicapped, deaf-blind, blind and albino children who too have the right to good education, among others things.

In line with this spirit of giving, The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is planning to mark a special day – the #GIVINGTUESDAY in order to support children with disability that are schooling at the Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School.

Recent tour of the school clearly shows that the school infrastructure is conventionally rundown and insufficient to cater for the desired disability access. Astonishing enough is when the handicapped are forced to use same ‘dilapidated’ latrines that also service their able-bodied colleagues and sometimes their teachers, matrons and mistresses.

The disabled children also lack braille rims, and braille translating machines (embozza), sports amenities that suit their disability needs so as to stimulate their body organs currently under rehabilitation. White canes, albino sunscreen lotions, beddings, hats, uniforms, food, and the list is long!

Uhuru Mchanganyiko currently accommodates a total of 154 children with disabilities, along with other 452 able-bodied pupils in their quest for a sober upbringing. For sure leaving the government alone cannot a panacea to revamp the mixed school that traces its history way back in 1921.

What will your support do?
The Uhuru Mchanganyiko Head Teacher, Ms. Anna Mshana, believes the needed support will enable the destitute acquire better education, upbringing, and overall personal dignity.

She says: “Our society still grapples with deep-rooted cultural constraints where large number of disability children’s parents still hide their sons and daughters for fear of being ashamed. But if these parents/ guardians see developments at our school, it will motivate them to release their children with disability and let them enjoy basic education and other social rights.”

FCS already subscribes to the GIVING TUESDAY model as a way of promoting local philanthropy i.e. giving to the needy. Thus, FCS has blocked 29th November 2016 as a #GivingTuesday – calling on families, communities, corporates, and/or organizations around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and promoting the spirit of giving to the Uhuru Mchanganyiko destitute.

GIVING TUESDAY is a global movement, which was launched in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the UN Foundation. The intention was to set aside a day that was all about celebrating the generosity of giving. This day is now marked worldwide. Giving Tuesday has since been organized and celebrated each year with the aim of encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses, and other organizations to give to the less fortunate.

More details can be found on:  http://www.facebook.com/givingtuesdaytanzania/

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 functions 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.


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