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”.

FCS to hold 13th CSOs Annual forum in Dar es Salaam to discuss SDGs

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) will be holding the 13th Civil Society Annual Forum from 1st – 2nd December 2015 in Dar es Salaam to discuss CSOs implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The forum will bring together over 300 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 on promoting the growth of the civil society sector and enhancing its contribution towards poverty reduction.

This year’s theme will be “The Role of CSOs in effective implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Among other things, this year’s forum will provide an opportunity for members of civil society, government representatives, academicians and development partners to define the role that is played by civil society in Tanzania development, with reference to the SDGs. Also, broadly participants apart from getting acquainted with the SDGs, will discuss and come up with key strategic issues that need to be considered in order to strengthen effective CSOs and citizens’ contribution towards implementation of the SDGs going forward.

Promoting the image of the civil society sector as well as strengthening CSOs capacity, both administratively and in their governance, is also expected to be key during the forum.

 

 

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