Policy change is something that has to be inclusive. In the event where policies are made and there was no inclusion, then the policy legitimacy is shaken.

The statement was made yesterday by Haki Elimu’s Manager for Research and Policy Mr. Mwemezi Makumba during a session organized by Policy Forum on ‘The role of collaboration in influencing policy change at the national level’ during the ongoing CSO Week 2019 in Dodoma.

According to Makumba, it is very important to understand the process of policy making and stakeholders involved so that AZAKI and wananchi can participate accordingly.

Commenting on the same, Lilian Kallaghe of Sikika said that in order for CSOs to influence policy change processes, AZAKI’s should learn how to work with the government, and be willing to sit on the negotiation table. She however cautioned that in order to be heard, CSOs must get their facts right, involve different stakeholders and learn how adopt to different methods when approaching respective authorities.

Mr. Joram Wimmo from Action Aid Tanzania also agreed that wananchi are the drivers for change, hence, should be involved in every step of the way in the formulation and implementation of policy.

Wimmo gave an example where Action Aid have enhanced the capacity of agriculture groups to scrutinize the national budget on agriculture. “A job which they are doing very well,” said Wimmo.

This session, organized by Policy Forum aimed to share experiences on how CSOs have had successful interventions as a result of closely working together with policy makers at the National level. It entailed highlighting the do’s and don’ts that CSOs in the fraternity should consider. And vivid examples of the contribution that they have made in influencing the same. The session was moderated by Ms. Neema Bwaira of Save the Children.