Networks within CSOs poised to redefine paths

Within the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) cycles any Civil Society Organisations’ network that has been performing well learns both the art of accepting triumph with grace and even stomach criticisms with a smile, so as to redefine the paths.

Thus, quite recent in Dar es Salaam the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) conducted training to different regional and district CSOs Networks in Tanzania to remind them of what is largely expected of them. While leading them to the new desired paths, there were albeit a few lessons for the networks to stomach.

Making an own assessment of the CSOs networks, Mr. Vincent Kuligi from Sumbawanga Municipal Association of NGOs, said CSOs networks have to act upon situations that threaten their relevance and go back reality.

“Speaking as a leader in one of these networks, it is regrettable to see that we have not done enough to mobilize our members to become dependable in enhancing solutions towards citizens’ quality of life.

For his part, the General Secretary of the Association of Non-governmental Organisations of Zanzibar (ANGOZA) Mr. Hassan Khamis Juma sees networks not being effective enough in living up to the values for their stronger existence.

“With this training we have been reminded to make sure that we bring our CSOs members together so that we can have common goals - and finding ways to achieve them,” said Hassan.

He added that, the strength of CSO networks depends on building the internal capacity of its members to be sustainable and hence contribute to the development of the entire nation.

Mr. Cosmas Makongo, who facilitated the training said: “The CSOs networks seem to have somewhat lost focus. But with the training we have been able to come up with strategies that will guide them in performing their activities better - including adherence to governance policies.”

Thus, CSOs network have agreed upon strategies for fundraising, to be more accountable to their constituencies and to the development partners, as well as be measurable in bringing about change for the quality of lives into the communities that they serve.

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