CSOs urged to fundraise by documenting their work

As a New Year resolution, some members of the civil society sector in Tanzania have been advised by their peers to invest more on documenting results of their work in communities, if they are to become visible and hence simplify their efforts to fundraise and remain sustainable.

Speaking recently on the lessons learnt from the CSOs Annual Forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) towards end of last year, the Executive Director of Mzeituni Foundation based in Ukerewe, Mr. Meshack Masanja, said things have now changed and the world would only like to associate with CSOs that are visible as opposed to those which do so much but never want to get seen.

“I can openly confess that we as local CSOs have been a bit sluggish in documenting our work for our own good. Now that we are entering in the era of implementation of the Strategic Development Goals (SDGs), we have to keep our presence felt and avoid doing business as usual,” advised Masanja.

In line with that, the FCS management and staff wishes the entire CSOs sector to accomplish their entire New Year resolutions and plans for the good of our people and nation.

 

Private sector keen to partner with CSOs in developmental issues

In a bid to ensure realization of the newly enacted Strategic Development Goals (SGDs), the Private Sector in Tanzania has shown keen interest in partnering with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for the attainment of meaningful results.

Speaking at the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam towards end of last year, chairman of the East African Business Council, Mr. Felix Mosha said the two arms are left with no options other than seeking solid partnership to enable Tanzania realize the global development targets.

He said: “Implementation of the SDGs needs the private sector, government and the CSOs as a tripartite coalition.”

Based on his wealth of experience in the private sector, he however concluded that CSOs and the private sector do not have any option other that forging a strong partnership to be able to realise the SDGs agenda.

Mr. Mosha made the remarks at the two-day CSOs annual forum that had brought together over 250 representatives from the CSO sector, scholars, government, development partners, and other members from the private sector from around the country to share and exchange experiences and ideas around “The Role of CSOs in effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

CSOs advised to improve engagement in democratic processes

As Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) sector start the year 2016 with fresh memories of key democratic processes that took place hardly few months ago, more advice has been given to improve the sector’s future democratic engagements.

Giving the advice to CSOs representatives from different parts of the country towards end of last year at the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam, the coordinator of the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders (THRD), Mr. Onesmo Ole Ngurumwa said he observed some lapses of coordination within the sector during the key democratic processes.

The referred to key democratic processes include the just ended general elections and the then constitutional review process.

He said: “Despite all that happened during the 2015 key democratic processes, CSOs did something great but have to improve in a number of things.”

“To improve in our future engagement in crucial democratic processes we need to ensure we continue building the capacity of CSOs to perform the tasks and to fundraise, improve communications skills and documentation so as to attract wider publicity as well as networking,” he said.

 

For the general elections, Mr. Ole Ngurumwa was of the view that CSOs have to go beyond electoral observation and voter education while maintaining professionalism and trust in educating citizens on a number of issues.

Mr. Ole Ngurumwa made the remarks at the two-day CSOs annual forum that had brought together over 250 representatives from the CSO sector, scholars, government, development partners, and other members from the private sector from around the country to share and exchange experiences and ideas around “The Role of CSOs in effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

 

FCS relocates to Ada Estate

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has moved from the Haidery Plaza Building at the city centre to 7 Madai Crescent, Ada Estate Plot No. 154 in Dar es Salaam with effect from Monday, 11 January 2016. 

Since its inception in 2003 the FCS premises have been located at the Haidery Plaza. 

The new office at Plot No. 154, Madai Crescent - Ada Estate is located few yards 

 

CSOs advised to mainstream SDGs in their strategic plans

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in Tanzania have been advised to consider mainstreaming the newly enacted Strategic Development Goals (SGDs) into their organisational strategic plans so as to move together with the current global development trend.

Speaking at the official opening of the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organised by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) in Dar es Salaam on 1 December, the FCS President Dr. Stigmata Tenga said mainstreaming the SDGs is vital to enable local CSOs implement the new global development goals as well as being able to be measured in terms of results achieved.

She said: “A good example can be taken from the FCS. While writing our FCS 2014-2018 Strategic Plan we did not take into account these new Strategic Development Goals (SDGs). But as we speak now we are in the middle of reviewing our Strategic Plan so as to integrate it with the current SDGs.”

“So as CSOs you also have to borrow a leaf from the FCS and take it as a challenge to also mainstream the global SGDs into your organisation strategic plans. Doing so will enable you acquire the mandate of implementing the SDGs, and above all be measured in terms of results achieved,” Dr. Tenga advised. 

Dr. Tenga also advised members from civil society from around the country to ensure that they perform their duties in a more creative and professional way so as to achieve results.

The two-day CSOs annual forum had brought together over 250 representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), scholars, government representatives, development partners, and members of the private sector from around the country to share and exchange experiences and ideas around “The Role of CSOs in effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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