Capacity Development

Capacity Development for CSOs

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) empowers the Tanzania civil society sector through enhanced technical and institutional capacity of CSOs/grantees; supporting initiatives geared towards creating conducive environment for constructive dialogues between CSOs, Members of Parliament/Members of House of Representatives, Government, Private Sector and Development Partners; and contribute to the improvement of civil society sector’s image.

1.  Capacity development and Training
     Grant Management Training
Manage Your Grant Training (MYG) is a mandatory training for all new grantees of the Foundation. The training is designed to ensure enhanced CSOs capacity to manage project implementation, grant, as well as tracking and reporting of results and outcomes of projects to be implemented. It also exposes the grantees to contractual obligations with regard to the project implementation and management of funds.

    Tailor-Made Trainings and Peer learning sessions
These are need-based customized trainings to CSO geared to enhance organisational systems and procedures, managerial and governance as well as technical capacities of CSOs so that they can effectively engage in change processes. Tailor-made training are used to address capacity gaps emerging from training needs assessment, support/monitoring visits.
Support Organisation development processes
Under this activity FCS support CSOs in organisational development processes such as strategic planning and formulation of governance policies and guidelines.


    Organisational Capacity Assessment
Organization Capacity Assessment is the intervention that facilitates CSOs to be consciously aware of Organisational Strengths and Weaknesses. The processes enable CSOs to identify capacity gaps and work on areas that need immediate improvement through various capacity building interventions like coaching, mentoring, provision of technical backstopping.

    Providing technical backstopping to CSOs receiving funds from FCS through support visits
One of the main ways of ensuring that grantees supported by the Foundation achieve their expected outcomes is through providing them with technical backstopping.  This backstopping can be provided through support visits, emails, letters, phone calls, SMS, and face-to-face discussions.

2. Enhancing positive image and accountability of CSOs
    Tanzania CSO Excellence Award
The Foundation organizes Tanzania CSOs Excellence Awards to recognise best performing CSOs.  This is a recognition to award excellence in performance - in terms of impact made to the communities but also internal governance structures and transparency within the sector.  This is done in two levels; first, awards to best grantees of the Foundation and the second is the overall award open to all CSOs in the country.

3. Enhancing networking and linkages within civil society sector and other sectors
To achieve this, the Foundation:
•    Facilitates linkages among Tanzanian CSOs as well as between Tanzanian CSOs, and CSOs from other countries through annual forums, exhibitions and other strategic interventions.
•    Facilitates consultations between CSOs representatives and Members of Parliament, members of the House of the Representatives.
•    Enables CSOs to strategically advance their agenda and sector positions with both the Private and Public Sectors.

4. Research
The Foundation undertakes two types of researches; inward-looking researches aimed at informing FCS in its operations and outward - looking researches that look at the development of Civil Society Sector and linkages between CSOs and other development actors.

Our History

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) was registered in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003 - as a Tanzanian non-profit company, designed and funded by a group of like-minded development partners, and governed by an independent Board. 

The FCS enables citizens to become a strong driving force for change in improving the democratic governance of Tanzania, in fighting poverty and in achieving a better quality life for all.

The FCS has indeed grown from an idea to a strong institution. Its size and value of grants portfolio has relatively grown overtime. In 2003 the size of grants portfolio stood at 52 grants, worth TZS 807,210,000 whereas from 2016 the grants portfolio is expected to be between 250 and 300 grants per year.

The amount of grants disbursed has also increased since the FCS inception.

Our coverage in the country has grown from covering only 14 regions in the year 2003 - to covering all 30 regions of the country - starting from the year 2013 on wards.

Our outreach to the rural areas has also increased over time with an increasing percentage of our projects being implemented by organisations in the rural areas or focusing on the rural areas. In the year 2003, only about 15% of our projects were focused in the rural areas while until recent the trend has been averaging to over 60%.  

Our staff compliment has also increased steadily, from 21 in the year 2003 to 31 in the year 2016.



Governance & Staffing

The Governance structures of the Foundation consist of three distinct bodies, namely – the Members, the Board and the Secretariat.


The Members of the Foundation are the highest authority in all matters related to the running of the Foundation. They exercise their authority mainly through the Annual General Meeting or extraordinary meetings. The current Membership of the Foundation is as follows: Dr. Stigmata Tenga (President); Prof. Samuel Wangwe (Member); Mr. Rakesh Rajani (Member), Ms. Mary Rusimbi and Mr. Salum Shamte (Member).


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the second principle organ of the Foundation. It is a Governing Board providing regular oversight of the activities of the Foundation. The Board’s roles include: approving any changes to the structure of the Foundation, approving higher level policy and changes or additions to high level rules, regulations and procedures of the Foundation, providing final approval of annual plans and budgets for endorsement at the AGM, review of annual reports for approval by the AGM, review and discussion of the financial report with the auditors and presenting audited financial statements for approval by the AGM; and, the recruitment and performance management of the Executive Director. Current Board of Directors are: Prof. Prosper Ngowi (Chairperson); Mr. Stephen Shayo (Director); Ms. Modesta Mahiga (Director); Dr. Ayoub Rioba(Director); and Ms. Margaret Chacha (Director).


The Secretariat

The implementation of the functions of the Foundation is vested in its Secretariat – which is comprised of the management and staff - led by the Executive Director, Mr. Francis Kiwanga. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors in governance matters and is also a secretary to the Members. Additionally, the Executive Director maintains a relationship with the Development Partners in relation to funding issues. The number of staff and structure of the Foundation in executing its functions and realizing the organisation’s objectives and activities, is from time to time, determined by the Board of Directors. 




About The Foundation

About Foundation for Civil Society

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). FCS was registered as a legal entity in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003. It is currently one of the biggest and main sources of funding for Tanzanian CSOs.

The idea to establish Foundation was born out of a confluence of purpose between some leaders of the civil society movement and a group of Development Partners in 2002. This was motivated by, amongst other things, a need to enhance CSOs engagement in national poverty reduction programs, increase ‘development aid’ harmonization, as well as to streamline DP’s support to CSOs. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government efforts.

Since its inception, FCS has contributed immensely to the capacity strengthening of the civil society sector in Tanzania thereby (in) directly enabling CSOs and citizens to become key driving forces for positively influencing democratic governance in Tanzania and better quality of life for all. This is realized through provision of grants, facilitation of linkages, as well as enabling a culture of on-going learning within civil society and Tanzania as a whole.

FCS aspires to maintain its position as a leading financing mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania; and to effectively complement government and Development Partners efforts towards poverty reduction as set out in Tanzania’s main development frameworks: Vision 2025 and the Five Year Development Plan 2016-2021.

FCS has indeed grown from an idea to a strong institution. Up to March 2018, we have supported over 5000 Civil Society Organizations, in all regions of the country with grants worth more than 60 Million US Dollars.

FCS facilitates launch of CSOs manifesto ahead of October elections

The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has facilitated the launch of the Tanzania Civil Society (CSOs) manifesto ahead of the October 2015 General elections, such that during the event all political parties taking place in the current electoral process were called upon to refrain from use of provocative language that could jeopardize peace and stability in the country.

Launch of the CSOs manifesto has arrived after the core document writing exercise - kindly supported by the FCS – and was launched on September 6 by the Chairman of the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance, Mr. Bahame Nyanduga. During the event he said as the country heads into the October General Elections, all political parties have a key role to promote their manifestos, and above all refrain from use of provocative language. He said such utterances are unhealthy to the real democratic pillars.

Mr Nyanduga mentioned some of the uncalled for utterances, such as “...We will win the election at 10am”, and “...The Hand of God Goal”.

He said state apparatus like the Police have to fulfill their responsibility of protecting all citizens during the entire democratic process, without using any sort of excessive forces, so that everyone is able to participate in the process peacefully.

Mr Nyanduga also said Tanzania is among countries that have already ratified the International Criminal Court (ICC) statute, therefore for all individuals that will participate in acts of bleaching peace will be dealt with the ICC.

Citizens were also called upon to exercise the highest degree of tolerance during the entire election process without mocking other opposing political parties, destroying their fellows’ placards since doing so is not embedded in acts of democratic maturity.

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