FCS aspires to ensure value for money with its grantees

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga has appealed to all civil society organisations (CSOs) working with the FCS in Tanzania to ensure that they abide with the value for money discourse as well as integrity while implementing their projects.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the two-day CSOs Annual Forum organised by the FCS in Dar es Salaam on 2 December, Mr. Kiwanga said the FCS for its part will not tolerate any of its grantees found to be involved with any allegedly misuse of donor funds.

“We are at a point where we will not negotiate with any kind of grants’ abuse. Our recent grantees audit exercise has shown that we have a few grantees appearing to be involved with misuse of funds. You are either with us or against us,” he said.

He also urged the grantees to abide with the speed that the new Tanzanian government is taking in a bid to combat all types of corrupt practices.

“We support our current government spirit of accountability as also enshrined in our core FCS values. We want to see every grant provided to grantees is used accordingly. Gone are the days when we heard of stories that some CSOs were not good enough in the implementation of projects such as the Rapid Funding Envelop on HIV/Aids and the likes. We as FCS, will tighten our controls even harder,” promised Mr Kiwanga, while closing the CSOs annual forum in Dar es Salaam.

The 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).

Priorities set for Tanzania Civil Society ahead of implementing SDGs

Over 250 representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania have agreed upon to some key priorities ahead of implementing the new Strategic Development Goals (SDGs).

The CSOs have arrived at this strategic thinking development after being led by the Head of Department of Short Courses, Research and Consultancy at the Mzumbe University, Prof. Honest Prosper Ngowi, who is also the chair of the Board of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Happening at the CSOs’ annual forum organized by the FCS from 1st – 3rd December 2015 in Dar es Salaam to discuss the civil society’s implementation of the new global SDGs, the CSOs alongside with some invited scholars, government representatives, development partners, and members of the private sector were thus convinced to around six key priorities for the implementation of the SDGs.

First, Prof. Ngowi urged the CSOs to understand well the SDGs prior to undertaking any significant implementation step – which was then mutually agreed.

CSOs were then tasked by the moderating scholar, and agreed to think of selecting specific Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) out of the total of 17 SDGs, since the goals are already too many and it is impossible for each CSO to venture into implementation of all SDGs at a go. 

Prof. Ngowi also challenged the CSOs participants present in the forum organised by the FCS to ascertain sources of funding for the implementation of the SDGs since all that has to be factored in.

Fourthly, the CSOs agreed to another priority that they should always stick with accepting clean sources of funding to finance the SDGs’ implementation – and not from any other doubtful sources.

However, as per Prof. Ngowi’s suggestion, the CSOs assented a motion that the civil society sector has to narrow its focus around Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) around the sources and funding of the SDGs – as part of the SDGs implementation.

Finally the CSOs representatives present in the CSOs annual forum took as a priority lobbying and advocacy of SDGs financing in the local budget since all the good cause cannot simply wait to external donor funding to be implemented.

 

Civil society calls for formal platform with government

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called for the establishment of a formal platform for interaction with the government to improve efficiency and bring about development to the majority Tanzanians.

The non-state actors have as well appealed to the state to avail them with funds from the local sources to implement development initiatives on the backdrop of reduced funding from development partners.

The call was made in Dar es Salaam by the Director of HAKIARDHI, Mr. Yefred Myezi, while moving a vote of thanks on behalf of CSOs during the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organized by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Mr. Myezi cited the existing platform between the private sector and the government, which has boosted both local and foreign investments in the country.

“Through forums such as the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), there have been remarkable relations between the state and the private sector,” he explained.

He was thus of a view that it was a high time such round table was established to improve the links between the CSOs and the state.

“Through such arrangement the allegedly mistrust that currently exists between the two parties will be addressed amicably,” he noted.

Speaking of the formal platform with government during the opening speech, the guest of honor Ms. Sihaba Nkinga, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children said: “I am taking this opportunity to plead for accountability and transparency to stakeholders that you work with such as the citizens, government as well as the development partners. By doing so you will consolidate trust with the people whom you serve as well as enhancing partnership with the government.” 

 

 

Civil society calls for formal platform with government

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called for the establishment of a formal platform for interaction with the government to improve efficiency and bring about development to the majority Tanzanians.

The non-state actors have as well appealed to the state to avail them with funds from the local sources to implement development initiatives on the backdrop of reduced funding from development partners.

The call was made in Dar es Salaam by the Director of HAKIARDHI, Mr. Yefred Myezi, while moving a vote of thanks on behalf of CSOs during the 13th CSOs Annual Forum organized by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

Mr. Myezi cited the existing platform between the private sector and the government, which has boosted both local and foreign investments in the country.

“Through forums such as the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) and Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), there have been remarkable relations between the state and the private sector,” he explained.

He was thus of a view that it was a high time such round table was established to improve the links between the CSOs and the state.

“Through such arrangement the allegedly mistrust that currently exists between the two parties will be addressed amicably,” he noted.

Speaking of the formal platform with government during the opening speech, the guest of honor Ms. Sihaba Nkinga, the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children said: “I am taking this opportunity to plead for accountability and transparency to stakeholders that you work with such as the citizens, government as well as the development partners. By doing so you will consolidate trust with the people whom you serve as well as enhancing partnership with the government.” 

 

 

Long-term FCS grantees want state recognition of persons with disability

The Federation of Tanzania Disabled People’s Organisations (SHIVYAWATA) that has for long-term been funded by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) have requested the newly elected Tanzania government to include the welfare of persons with disabilities in their list of priorities.

The organisation’s General Secretary, Mr. Felician Mkude, made the remarks at a press briefing ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disability event that was celebrated at national level in Mwanza Region on 3rd December. 

He said: “The government has to make sure it provides enough security to people with disabilities particularly those with albinism whose lives are at risk as they are being hunted down by greedy people for quick but disgraceful financial gain and witchcraft.” 

He also called on the government to adopt strategies that will enable schools with students with disabilities to have friendly infrastructure. They should also have qualified teachers with specialized skills, he said.

For his part, the Director of the Federation Mr. Francis Gugu also called on the government to make sure that PWDs acquire National Insurance Health cards to help them get easy access to health services.

Gugu added that the government should see to it that people with Albinism are supplied with essential aid to support their activities. He also said that cancer patients should get services in district and regional hospitals where skin cancer screening machine should be available.

Speaking on behalf of another long-term FCS grantee, The Tanzania Albino Society (TAS) Mr. Alfred Kapole, who is the TAS - Mwanza regional chairman challenged the government to act tough in advocating for their rights. He particularly asked President, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli to appoint at least three people with disabilities to represent them in the Parliament.

The International Day of Persons with Disability among others aims at helping people with disabilities know the policies, laws and international treaties that govern their welfare. The day also provides an opportunity for them to discuss their challenges and achievements. This year’s theme was “Inclusion Matters, Access and Empowerment for all People with Disabilities”.

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