FCS to enhance citizens’ engagement in 2015 general elections


The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has apparently invited grant applications from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania that seek to collaborate in the area of enhancing effective citizens’ engagement in the upcoming general elections, as well as ensuring peace maintenance during and after the process. 

The new project’s funding window targets critical constituencies such as the youths, women and other special groups including People with Disabilities (PwDs).

Announcing the call for applications at the beginning opening of the countrywide information sessions to FCS grantees and other civil society organisation on 8 July in Dar es Salaam, the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga, said once rolled out this special funding window will seek to ensure that citizens, particularly those in the critical constituencies, are inspired and use their democratic rights to effectively engage in the upcoming general elections.

He also said the aim of this countrywide special elections intervention is to ensure that the current peace atmosphere prevails in the country during the entire election process, as well as ensuring amicable solutions to any electoral frictions that might have occurred.

Specific activities to be funded include advocacy campaigns that seek to motivate the critical constituencies to take part in the election process, media education campaigns by civil society networks seeking to increase citizens’ engagement in the upcoming general elections, as well as conducting of peace maintenance platforms that seek to involve citizens in conflict resolutions during and after elections.

He also said the grants will seek to address the earmarked interventions for not more that 12 months, whereby the financial limit per a district intervention is TZS 15 million and for the national intervention is TZS 45 million.  

Deadline for this call for proposal was on 31st July 2015.