Work hard, PISCCA beneficiaries told

The Innovative Projects for Civil Society and Coalition of Actors (PISCCA) beneficiaries from Tanzania have been urged to work hard in order to achieve their projects goals.

Speaking during the opening of a three days training on how to manage PISCCA grants, the Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs from the Embassy of France in Tanzania Mr. Phillippe Boncour said, the selection of the funded projects was competitive and called upon all beneficiaries to implement their projects as planned so as to achieve anticipated objectives.

“You have passed through a tough competition. Now you are here. My message to you today is that, you have to work hard and stick to your projects,” he said and later congratulated the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) for its commitment and engagement in supporting PISCCA guarantees.

The FCS Program Manager, Mr. Fransis Uhadi used the event to convey his congratulation message to the six organizations and insisted that the training undertaken by the Foundation is important as it targets to capacitate the best practices in managing projects.

“I am requesting you to participate in the training actively and when you begin implementing your projects try to be keen on managing finance by ensuring integrity when using projects fund,” he said.

The Foundation for Civil Society entered an agreement with French Embassy to conduct training on managing grants to the staff of six organizations, which succeeded to receive grants from the Embassy. These six organizations are; Friends of Lake Tanganyika (FOLT), Zanzibar Climate Change alliance (ZACCA), Tanzania Support for women Rights (TASUWORI), Uigizaji na Ngoma za Asili (UNA), White Orange Youth (WOY), Medical Women Tanzania (MEWATA).

The training aimed at improving the project documents especially looking at the anticipated outcomes and activities designed, monitoring of the project and financial management. Each organization was represented by two participants one with financial background and another with project activities skills. The total number of participants was 12, (8 males and 4 Women). The three days training started on Monday 16th January and ended on Wednesday 18th January 2017 and was conducted at Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

FCS calls for PWDs grant applications

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is calling for registered Civil Society Organizations run by Peoples with Disabilities (PWD) to apply for grants to support public services monitoring for peoples with disabilities in health and education sectors in Tanzania.

The announcement issued by FCS states categorically that, only CSOs managed by PWDs for PWDs are allowed to submit their application and that non PWDs organizations are not allowed to apply. PWDs organizations are allowed to submit their proposals by considering the fact that all grants values up to 20 million Tanzanians shillings and the time frame for selected project will be eight months.

In that advert, applicants are advised to design and submit precisely proposals with sense of creativity, describe nature of the problem to be solved, the community engagement into the planned projects and present methods of conducting projects monitoring and evaluation.

Applicants are also recommended to analyze into their proposals the nature of projects they want to pursue and spot its benefits to PWDs and their community at large. The proposals, must also stick to the five years (2016 – 2020) FSC strategic plan that covers four key areas namely; good governance, capacity development, CSOs capacity building and Community participation in development.

Deadline for receiving grants application forms is dated February 13th 2017 and there will be no room for receiving or considering any late application. The adverts also states that, desired applicant can access some information online through: http://www.thefoundation.or.tz/index.php/en/notice-board

Strong grassroots vital to enhance good governance

 

 

Unless the government builds strong grassroots capable of fully participating in project proposing and decision making process, questioning and tracking public finance expenditure, taxpayers’ money allocated for project implementation, especially in rural areas will continue to yield poor results.

This observation has been made here over the weekend by leaders of Kagera Development and Credit Revolving Fund (KADETFU), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), whose activities are also financed by the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

KADETFU leaders issued the caution when recounting to FCS on the results of the pilot project currently under implementation titled ‘Building Capacity for the Public, Village and Ward Leaders in Participatory Planning and Budget Process in Bukoba District’.

Syliveter Busanya, KADETFU Project Coordinator, said the organisation, whose mission is to protect human rights, conservation of the environment, facilitate promotion of social, economic, cultural development and thus empower the society to organize and fight for their needs through utilizing locally available resources, has so far visited eleven villages in Bukoba district.

According to him, in all areas they visited villagers appeared to have either very little or completely no knowledge on their civic rights, especially in holding leaders accountable in various matters while  members of Village and Ward Development Committees appeared to have little knowledge on their roles.

He said due to ignorance villagers were denied of their civic right to participate in initiating projects and tracking expenditures of development funds allocated for projects implementation in their areas.

In some areas KADETFU learned that village general meetings (village assemblies) were hardly convened, a trend that negatively impacted on village development matters, such making decisions on Land Use Plan ( LUP) and land conflict resolution.

“If the government wants to ensure that funds allocated for projects is judiciously spent then it has to invest in building capacity for the grassroots”, Busanya insisted.

“We, at KADETFU with the financial assistance of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) have recorded significant results in areas where we have so far visited to implement this project. In the course of implementing this task we have noted that there is a pressing need for the government to collaborate with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to build capacity for the grassroots to enhance governance”.

Agastin Angelo, who also works with KADETFU as Project Coordinator, recounted that in areas visited by KADETFU villagers were now capable of pressing village leaders to convene general meetings and demand answers to various pertinent questions.

According to Angelo, KADETFU through FCS’ financial assistance is involving members of village and ward development committees in the training by focusing on the roles of each group, as far as governance is concerned.

“Though the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) through NGOs has all along been instrumental in building capacity for civil society in the country we think it must also direct its resources to strengthen the grassroots to be able to participate in decision making process, track public finance expenditure and also hold their leaders accountable,” he observed.

FCS set to provide new grants to CSOs

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) under its new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan is set to provide new grants worth TZS 5.8 billion to 120 approved Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in different parts of Tanzania under the area of Governance and Accountability.

The funded CSOs are expected to reach out to a million of Tanzanians in different parts of the country as well as inspire better results in sub-result areas of citizen’s participation, improved quality of policy, accountable decision making, and effective public service delivery in a period of six months.


Key intervention areas/ sectors to be supported in these new grants to CSOs include: Education; Water; Land Rights; fight against Gender Based Violence; People with Disability, Youths and Women Empowerment.

According to internal FCS procedures, all grantees have to first undergo the mandatory Manage Your Grant (MYG) training so as to enable them fine-tune their project indicators, expected outcomes, as well as budgets. Also, the MYG allows the grantees to prepare plans of action for activities as well as monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure results are well captured.


The new approved grantees have undergone the Manage Your Grant Training (MYG) - designed to enhance capacity to manage project implementation, grant, as well as tracking and reporting of results and outcomes of projects to be implemented. It also exposed the grantees to contractual obligations with regard to the project implementation and management of funds.


Current FCS Development Partners include, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA, and NORAD.

120 CSOs trained on how to manage new FCS grants

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has offered a mandatory Manage Your Grant training (MYG) training to its newly approved grantees – being the first one to be offered in the year 2016, and also in the new FCS Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

The training has attracted participants from a total of 120 new grantee organisations from different parts of the country and was conducted in Dodoma from 26 – 28 September 2016.

Also, the new grants to be awarded, worth TZS 5.8 billion, are expected to reach out to a million of Tanzanians in different parts of the country, as well as inspire better results in sub-result areas of citizen’s participation, quality of policy, accountable decision making, and effective public service delivery.

During the MYG training the FCS Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga said: “the new grantees should ensure better use of the funds given, since they are part of the generous support from the Development Partners. These development grants are purely our fellows’ tax payers’ money. Therefore, they belong to the poor communities in need and not for a few unfaithful individuals.”
 
Current FCS Development Partners include the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Embassy of Denmark/DANIDA, and NORAD.

The MYG training therefore seeks to address on key issues around grants management, such as project designing and management, financial management, outcomes and output reporting, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation - in view of empowering the new grantees with the technical ability to implement their projects effectively.

During the training, participants had the opportunity to review their project documents, which are primarily part of the grant-contract attachments. The training also seeks to streamline the projects’ attachments to be more result-focused with acceptable levels of consistence between project outcomes, outputs, activities, budget framework, work plans and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks.

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