The Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Kassim Majaliwa Majaliwa (MP), yesterday officially launched the CSO Week 2019 in Dodoma, which this year’s theme is ‘Progress through Partnership: Collaboration as a Driver for Development in Tanzania.’
The gracing of the weeklong event took place in a colorful ceremony at the Jamhuri Stadium amidst thousands of spectators, including ministers, government regional leaders, participating CSOs, students and residents of the capital city. Speaking during the CSO Week 2019 opening ceremony, Prime Minister Majaliwa commended the
efforts of CSOs for being a loyal partner in assisting the government to promote socio-economic development in the country.
“I would love to extend greetings from our President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. John Pombe Magufuli,” began the Prime Minister in his speech.
“When he learned this morning that I was coming here, he said to me that I should congratulate you very much for the great job you are doing in ensuring that wananchi from rural to urban areas are all targeted and reached with development…I would like to assure you all that our President has huge faith in CSOs,” said Majaliwa.
Prime Minister Majaliwa also emphasized that the issue of development is an inclusive responsibility for both government and CSOs, and that the primary purpose of government is to ensure an enabling environment for CSOs and the government to work together.
“I would therefore like to take this opportunity to ensure you that the recent changes in the regulations governing NGOs of 2018 has come for the purpose of improving CSOs and not to police them,” said Majaliwa.
“The government has a genuine purpose to access information of projects being implemented by NGOs and their sources of funds, not because we would like to monitor them but because we are looking for a better mechanism to increase their productivity in furthering development in local communities,” said the Prime Minister.
“Before, we did not have a proper structure nor mechanism for NGOs to properly report their contribution to society, it was very difficult to know who was doing what, where, when and how. We used to get contradicting reports from NGOs, hence we did not speak the same language. The new NGO regulations is therefore here to make amends so that we can all move coherently,” he explained.
Prime Minister Majaliwa also called upon CSOs in the country to support the government to combat corruption and embezzlement of public funds, insisting that the fight against ufisadi is a top agenda for the 5th phase administration.
In the same light, the Prime Minister also petitioned CSOs to carry out a self-assessment of their organizations, in order to improve their governance structures, and methods of project delivery to communities.
“I would like to encourage members of AZAKI to implement projects that have tangible results, rather than just hosting seminars and workshops which may not have much of an impact to people. Every CSO should therefore sit down and reflect about its objectives and the kind of results it is delivering to people,” stated Majaliwa.