On behalf of the steering committee, I would like to officially welcome participants to the CSO Week 2022.

This year’s event is the fourth in the series.  We have a wider group of co-organizers whose material and immaterial contributions will go a long way toward ensuring the event achieves its objectives.

Both individually and in our collectivity, we have continued to reflect on, among other things, ways and mechanisms in which we can deepen the impact of civil society work by catalyzing more effective partnerships aimed at delivering development. As we learnt in previous engagements, these partnerships have to be built on a strong foundation of mutual recognition of the value each party brings to the table.

Unlike earlier efforts to pitch the CSO sector’s contribution, this year’s theme underscores that the people are our most integral constituency, partners, and reason for existing. It allows for critical reflection on the many approaches, systems, and processes used by CSOs to address the development challenges that Tanzanians confront, particularly those that are complex, deep-rooted, and long-standing. It also reaffirms our commitment to transformative change and leading by example

My urge to you is to actively participate in this year’s event and take advantage of the myriad of activities that we have prepared for you throughout the duration of the event.

We value your partnership and hope that the CSO Week 2022 will enable us to work better together. Wishing you a lovely event!

Francis Kiwanga,

FCS Executive Director On behalf of the Steering Committee