The Minister responsible for AZAKI; Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP) has said that the number of CSOs being registered in the country is taking place at a very high pace, thus resultantly creating more space for organizations to deliver socio-economic solutions to more and more citizens in the country.

“617 new CSOs were registered between 2018 and 2019. While only 385 were registered in the previous year, 2017. This is a significant growth by 60%,” said Mwalimu during her remarks at the opening of CSO Week 2019 in Dodoma yesterday.

Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Seniors and Children Hon. Ummy Mwalimu (MP) [ in kitenge and head scarf ] in a group photo with secondary school students from Dodoma during the CSO Week 2019 opening ceremony.

According to Mwalimu, among the 617 CSOs registered, 44 were registered at international level, 551 nationally, 7 regionally and 15 districtwide. These figures therefore make the total of CSOs registered in the country by 30th October 2019 to reach 10,318.

“As the ministry responsible for AZAKI, we would like to encourage more and more CSOs to register and be part and parcel of the process of development in our country…We definitely need more CSOs to assist the government in areas such as health, educations, water and the environment, so that they can work directly with people at the grass root level in achieving sustainable development,” said Mwalimu.

According to Minister Mwalimu, her ministry will do everything in their power to create a better and enabling environment for CSOs to continue flourishing in the country. At the same time, she insisted the need for CSOs to be more transparent and accountable in their day to day activities.

617 new CSOs were registered between 2018 and 2019. While only 385 were registered in the previous year, 2017. This is a significant growth by 60%.