EU COUNTRY ROADMAPS FOR ENGAGEMENT WITH CIVIL SOCIETY: ADDED VALUE AND STATE OF IMPLEMENTATION – Tanzania

Tanzania

Key elements of the context

  • Narrow Environment. The multiplicity of laws is a source of confusion and the freedom of association is under pressure due to the omnibus limitation clause, which limits in practice the exercise of guaranteed rights and freedoms and the issuance of legal permits for public demonstration and assembly. The authorities have taken positive measures that provide for funding for CSOs.
  • The Tanzania’s civil society movement is generally perceived as being quite active on social policy issues although the quality of CSOs participation in policy varies because of the different levels of available skills especially at the local level. CSOs are involved in public policy related to services and in governance and accountability programmes. Furthermore they take part in reviewing policy reforms and participate in monitoring elections
  • Absence of a formal framework to manage and sustain partnership between CS and the state and difficulties regarding access to information and responsiveness of the government, which put limitations to CSOs role in public policy. The budget process remains closed and is not transparent.
  • Despite the number of networks in districts and regions (total: 228), and the level of participation of CSOs in African networks and beyond the continent, CSOs are still seen as working too much in isolation.

The RM in a nutshell: what does it aim at? What is it added value?

The RM provides added value through support to CSOs actions aiming at revising policies and legislations, extending the scope of political and civic rights and CSOs initiatives promoting better transparency through better access to information.

CSOs will be enabled to play a more significant role in national policy processes through support to (1) a systematic participation of CSOs at sectoral and GBS level and to Committees, legislative processes, consultation decided by law and regulations at local, regional and national level, (2) their accountable work in key governance reform programmes at local, regional and national level.

In order to increase local CSOs capacity to perform their roles as independent development actors more effectively the RM aims to ensure more independence of NGOs and a more strategic approach of DPs including avoiding fragmentation in funding

Has implementation progressed? What relevant elements? (For counties having submitted their RM reports)

No RM report submitted

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