CSOs urged to be champions for Strong East African regional integration

Civil Society Organisations (CSOS) have been urged to be champions for the realisation of a strong East African Regional Integration.

 The call was made in Arusha on 27 November by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) Executive Director, Mr. John Ulanga, when closing the two-day Tanzania CSOs forum on the role of the civil society in strengthening the East Africa regional integration.

 “For us as the civil society, our role should be to act as “champions” to facilitate discussions and dissemination of education in the grassroots - calling for the formation of a strong, people centred integration that we want,” said Mr. Ulanga on his closing remarks.

 Earlier on, a session facilitator, Mr. Basiru Ally, who is a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, said if the EAC is to attain a strong regional integration there has to be a shift from the “top-down” approach (held by political leaders) to a people centred approach, and hence encourage for the  “bottom-up” approach where all the common men and women in the region are able to engage in the process.

 However, in their resolutions participants of the forum unanimously called on all the parties to ensure the formation of a strong regional integration that is people centred, and run by the people.

 The CSOs forum also unanimously wanted to see Tanzania taking a leading role as “champions” for the realisation of a stronger integration.

Vice President lauds the Foundation for Civil Society’s work

On 13th November, the Tanzania Vice President, Dr. Gharib Bilal, officiated the 10th Annual Forum for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam, and commended the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) for enhancing wider CSOs’ participation in the country’s development process.

Soma zaidi: Vice President lauds the Foundation for Civil Society’s work

The Foundation recognizes exemplary CSOs

As was the case in previous years, at the end of this year’s Civil Society Annual forum in Dar es Salaam the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) recognised the best performers in the sector with award-winning trophies

Jumuiya ya Kudhibiti Athari za Madawa ya Kulevya na Mimba katika Umri mdogo (JUKAMKUM) based in ChakeChake, Pemba has emerged as the overall winner of the Civil Society Excellence Awards in 2013.

 The organisation received the award in recognition of its tremendous performance on protecting young female children against early pregnancies, advocacy against the use of drags, as well as fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 First runners-up for the 2013 Excellence Awards were the Legal Assistance Organisation (LAO) based in Mwanza region. LAO was recognised for their efforts to assist the majority poor with legal aid. Of late, the organisation has been targeting widows and children on enhancing their inheritance rights, as well as translation and popularizing the inheritance law in simplified version.

 The second runners up were Saidia Wazee (SAWATA) based in Kasulu Kigoma, and were awarded for their efforts to empower the elderly through sensitization on the National Ageing Policy of 2003 and help the elderly to protect their rights including access to free medical services.

 While any member of the civil society sector in Tanzania is eligible for competing for the Excellence Awards, the Foundation also recognizes the best performers among its own grantees through the Best Grantee award category.

 Thus, the Overall Best Grantee award winner for year 2013 was Mkombozi Centre for Street Children. The organisation also came out as the best performers in Policy Engagement Category.

 Also, Tanga Civil Society Coalition (TASCO) won an award in the Governance and Accountability category. Busega Children & Development Assistance was awarded as the Best Grantee in Capacity Strengthening category. On the other hand, Jumuiya ya Kuhamasisha Kilimo cha Kisasa Zanzibar was awarded as the best emerging CSO.

 The Foundation for Civil Society congratulates all the award winners and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Deputy Minister reiterates government’s willingness to work with CSOs

Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Ms. Ummy Mwalimu has reiterated the government’s willingness to work with the civil society sector.

 The Deputy Minister made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on 15th November at an evening gala event prepared to award best performing Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the Foundation’s grantees.

 She said: “We in the government do cherish the presence of CSOs. Even the President (Jakaya Kikwete) while at the Open Government Partneship summit in London early November 2013, he declared our willingness to work with CSOs for mutual development of this nation,” said Ms. Ummy.

 She however congratulated all 2013 CSO excellence award winners and the Foundation for marking its 10th anniversary.

 During the event, the ChakeChake, Pemba based CSO, Jumuiya ya Kudhibiti Athari za Madawa ya Kulevya na Mimba katika Umri mdogo (JUKAMKUM) emerged as an overall winner of the Civil Society Excellence Awards in 2013.

 The organisation received the award in recognition of its tremendous performance on protecting young female children against early pregnancies, advocacy against the use of drags, as well as fighting HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Give free education to the disabled - call

The new Constitution should ensure that people with disabilities have the right to free education in all levels, proposed Samwel Mapunda of the Disabled Farmers’ Association, based in Songea during a discussion forum on the draft constitution held recently in the Ruvuma.

Soma zaidi: Give free education to the disabled - call

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