The CSO Week is taking place from 22nd – 26th October, 2018 in Dodoma under the auspices of Foundation for Civil Society Organizations (FCS) with other CSO partners, gathering up to 400 CSOs from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, including state and non-state actors to discuss the overarching theme “Industrialization Drive in Tanzania: People, Policy and Practise.”
The theme is deliberately selected for CSO’s to join forces with the government in the industrialization drive. Yesterday, among other speakers, we were
Permanent Secretary, Dr. John Jingu, delivering the opening address.
Dr. John Jingu, the Permanent Secretary of the Minister of Health, Community Development, Women, Elderly and Children who officially launched the CSO Week 2018 in Dodoma yesterday, urged all Civil Society Organizations in the country to promote more transparency and accountability in the running of their day-to-day functions.
Dr. Jingu, who was speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa, made these remarks in front of a gathering of 400 CSO’s, with 800 participants in attendance.
Speaking on the Non-Governmental Organizations (Amendment) Regulations GN. 609 of 2018, which was gazetted recently by his ministry on 19th October, 2018. He said that the new law aims at encouraging more CSO’s to be more transparent and accountable in the discharging of their duties, and not a hinderance to the liberty of CSO’s as some perceive.
“The aim of the government is to build on transparency and accountability, most especially in financial matters. CSO’s must therefore understand that the money that they are spending is not their own money but public funds which deserve proper accounting,” he said. He also urged all leaders and CSO’s members to study and understand the Non-Governmental Organizations (Amendment) Regulations GN. 609 of 2018 in order to comply with the new law. “The Non-Governmental Organizations (Amendment) Regulations GN. 609 of 2018 is basically an improvement of the previous NGO Regulation 2001, which was outdated and fails to meet today’s needs. What we want to achieve is to know what CSO’s are doing and where. To combat the misuse of public funds, and to ensure that CSO’s are genuinely benefitting their relevant communities and not the founders of such.”
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Non- Governmental Organizations (Amendment) Regulations GN. 609 of 2018 aims at establishing a proper framework to understand the income sources of CSO’s, to ensure that CSO’s advertise sponsorship agreements which are worth more than TZS 20 million, and to create a better working relationship with the local government in the execution of their duties.
Dr. Jingu, on behalf of the Prime Minister also congratulated CSO’s for their job well done in helping the government to bring about socio-economic development in the country. “The government truly recognizes your commitment,” he said.
The picture above, describes Deputy Minister of Health, Social Development Elderly Gender and Children Honourable, Dr. Faustine Ndugulile (on the Left) speaking to PADI Chief Executive Officer Mr. Iskaka Msigwa (on the Right).
The five days CSO Week geared at showcasing CSOs’ work in different areas. The week joined forces with government counterparts through different discussions on the areas of industrialization, human rights and extractive industries to name but a few. CSOs through different discussions discussed on how to facilitate citizens and their communities to participate in the building and running of industries and industrial related activities. Similar to many organizations the Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) took the opportunity to attend and showcase its activities. PADI in collaboration with Kwa Wazee Organisation used the 2018 exhibitions to advance its knowledge and capacities on the rights of the elderly including the provision of Universal Pension to the Elders.
During the CSOs week, a number of workshop sessions reflecting various topics were discussed to enable participants to fully benefit from a bouquet of experiences, best practices, trends, to name but a few. The trainings and speeches were given by experts in different areas. Plenary sessions and breakthrough sessions were held at intervals to enrich the program and support knowledge and skills sharing and meet the overriding theme which was “Industrialization Drive in Tanzania, People, Policy and Practice”. During the discussions PADI raised its concern over Universal pensions and loan agenda for the elders. The pension and loan agenda was raised to government leaders who participated in the CSOs week.
Special Seats Member of Parliament (MP) for Dodoma, Hon. Fatuma Tawfiq, has welcomed the hosting of the Civil Society Organizations Week 2018 in the capital city of Dodoma.
Speaking to the CSO Week reporter, Hon. Tawfiq said that she was glad that this significant event is finally taking place in the capital of the country, in a time at which parliament has recently passed a bill which made Dodoma officially a city.
Special Seats Member of Parliament Hon. Fatuma Tawfiq speaks during a forum.
“I would like to congratulate FCS and all its partners for choosing Dodoma as the host of this years’ CSO week,” said, Hon. Tawfiq.
“This event will help to educate and bring awareness to the people of Dodoma about the different activities that CSO’s are doing. Through the exhibition and different dialogues that are taking place, I believe there is much that people can learn from.” she added.
According to Hon. Tawfiq, Dodoma is the right choice to host the meeting because it is a city which meets policy makers, parliamentarians and other key stakeholders who are important players in promoting CSO’s in the country.
“The CSO Week 2018 is particularly important because CSO’s are playing a very critical role in helping the government to deliver social services to the people in areas such as education, health and other human rights. Its therefore an excellent idea to have such a patform,” she said.
“CSO’s are very spot-on on the implementation of the SDGs. The theme itself on Industrialization is also very relevant because as the political capital of the country, we need Dodoma to be a centre where the process of
gathering ideas to make Tanzania an industrialized country and mid-size economy by 2025 can take place. As a result, we also need more investment and empowerment in Dodoma to make this goal possible.”