This award targeted institutions or individuals who have aided citizen groups to hold public officials, politicians, and service providers to account for their conduct and performance in terms of delivering services, improving people’s welfare and protecting people’s rights. These institutions or individuals have typically gathered information about government programs so that they have solid evidence, analyzed this information, and then used it judiciously to engage with public officials, politicians, and service providers and demand that they serve the public interest efficiently, effectively, and fairly.

social-responsibility

Finalists

Women’s Legal Aid Centre
Sikika
WAJIBU Institute of Public Accountability

Established in 2009, WLAC has been at the forefront in promotion and protection of women’s rights in
Tanzania because women are routinely denied rights granted to them by international and domestic
laws. Every year WLAC is serving an estimated 80 clients in the courts of law, of which 10 cases are won.
WLAC’s other achievements include: (i) ensuring that men who have deserted their families fulfill their
legal rights and responsibilities as a parent and/or spouse (ii) assisting children in conflict with the law
by ensuring that proper legal procedures in handling their cases is followed and children’s rights are
protected (iii) providing access to justice to all women in the country through a hotline (iv) establishing
paralegals network and linking them to women especially in rural areas for timely and free legal aid
service(v) educating community members on women and children’s rights and (vi) legally assisting
refugee clients.

Sikika which was registered in 2009 promotes implementation of policies, good governance and
accountability in the health sector. In a nutshell, quality health services for all Tanzanians. It has direct
engagement with health actors in ten districts of Tanzania by aiming to effect changes at the country
level. It uses evidence-based advocacy. Notable impacts have included (i)citizens awareness on policy
documents, demanding for their health rights, as well as provision of better health services and holding
duty bearers to account; (ii) councilors demand for explanations and justifications before approving
council projects (ii) Timely sharing of budget books with councilors which has led to an increased
interest in SKIKIA’s work by CAG as well as parliamentary committees.

WAJIBU - Institute of Public Accountability was founded in 2015 with the purpose of fostering an
environment that supports and promotes public accountability in Tanzania. Worded differently, the
accountability agenda in the country should be people centered; owned, managed and driven by people
themselves which involves following up on the collection and use of public resources with the view of
maximizing their impact in the country’s development process. The people should be in a better position
to understand and demand accountability from duty bearers. The think tank to date generates tailored
simplified and user-friendly accountability information and disseminates them to ordinary citizens
through local CSOs. WAJIBU also builds capacity of relevant actors on the (financial) accountability
agenda including Media, Higher Learning Institutions, Duty Bearers, Oversight Institutions, Elected
Representatives and local CSOs