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.


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