This award targeted organizations that have invested a lot of effort in enabling citizens to own the development process in their localities. Citizens acting together with your organization to protect public values or make a change or difference in the community are common types of citizen engagement. This organization has fostered citizen engagement and sustainability of its interventions by allowing regular volunteering, capacity building, membership in groups or associations, fund raising and community problem solving.

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Finalists

Legal and Human Rights Centre
Femina Hip
Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi kwa Vijana (TAMASHA)

Established in 1995, LHRC articulates and gives visibility to human rights issues in the country, builds relationships with communities and strengthens social and emotional capital. It builds capacities of young lawyers most of whom are now fearless activists and frontline human rights defenders both at home and abroad. LHRC trains paralegals, human rights monitors, and volunteers and provides capacity building to CSOs. It also organizes human rights campaigns. LHRC data shows that legal aid clinics are empowering vulnerable people access justice at convenient and affordable cost and tap into issues for advocacy. During 2012- 2018, 108024 legal aid clients were empowered and the number of human rights cases attended is 7047.As a result of voters and civic awareness, LHRC has also massively contributed to an increase in voters’ turnout including youth, women and PWDs in 2015.

Femina HIP which was established in 2002 is specifically targeting young women and men, aged 13-30 years by promoting healthy lifestyles, sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment, citizen engagement and gender equality. The Femina Hip Community Mobilization Program promotes discussion, dialogue and growth in a constructive and open space by triggering action through Fema Clubs and Networks, Fema Training and Fema Events. Fema Clubs represents the core of their activity as well as audience. Programs under Clubs aim to create more focused engagement with Fema Magazine content and promote youth leadership, teamwork, volunteering, and life skills. These clubs act as embryos of civil society organizing, fostering the next generation of change-makers. By September 2018, 2344 Fema Clubs which are in secondary schools, folk development colleges and out of school youth and with the support of civil society partners, were registered throughout every region of Tanzania.

TAMASHA which was founded in 2007, promotes participation of young people and that of their communities through volunteering, capacity building, problem solving skills by enabling these youth to realise their rights and their rightful place in their communities. TAMASHA has been using animation (facilitation) to help communities in northern and southern Tanzania to discuss challenges which they encounter and to find solutions by their own. TAMASHA has developed and implemented with Oxfam (Great Britain) a project on evaluating and shaping Open Government Partnership in Mbogwe District and Kigoma Ujiji Municipal as people mobilizing around transparency and accountability at community and district level was weak. Using participation action research approach, young people in the community were recognized and elected leaders. The project also compelled village and wards leaders and councilors to also utilize participatory approaches in planning, decision making and information sharing with the members of their communities.