[kehitysmaaliike-l] Tanzania: Seminar on Funding Challenges of NGOs, Dar es Salaam, 9th June

Uwe Ottka uwe.ottka at stkl.fi
Ke toukokuu 18 14:20:45 EEST 2011

Dear recipient of the KEPA mailing list,

If your organization or partner organization is involved in development work
in Tanzania, the following seminar might be of interest: 

Date: Thursday, 9th June 2011, from 8 AM. to 4:30 PM.
Venue: Blue Pearl Hotel, Ubungo, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Background and purpose of the seminar: 

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) perform important work in many areas
of social development in Tanzania: work with vulnerable groups of society
(children, especially orphans; women; people with disabilities; unemployed
youths; elderly people; farmers; and others.), work for the protection of
the environment; work on health-related issues (HIV/AIDS, malaria, and
others); and work to ensure the correct use of public funds (e.g. government
expenditure tracking projects). NGOs give citizens the possibility to
actively participate in society and social development. 

A major problem faced by NGOs in the country is the challenge to secure the
necessary funding for sustainable implementation of activities. Funding
often is donor-driven, focuses on short-term projects, and leaves little
space for long-term activities and sustainability. Recent economic and
financial crises in many Western countries have led to a reduction of donor
funding, with negative effects on sustainability of NGO activities.

The seminar aims at raising awareness on the positive work performed by
local NGOs for the benefit of Tanzanians, and on the funding and
sustainability challenges they are currently facing. It aims at promoting a
dialogue between representatives of the Government, of NGOs, of donor
institutions, of business entrepreneurs, and of the academic world, in order
to discuss possibilities for increasing the funding basis and sustainability
of NGO work in Tanzania. The seminar also includes guest speakers from
Finland, who explain the funding model of Finnish NGOs. 

The seminar is organised by the Tanzania Council for Social Development
(TACOSODE), national umbrella organisation of NGOs in Tanzania, and the
Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health (STKL), a national umbrella
organisation of NGOs in Finland. The seminar is supported by the Ministry
for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Speakers and topics:
1) Opening speech: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development,
Gender and Children Affairs (MCDGCA), Tanzania.
2) History of social sector: Professor Felician Tungaraza, University of Dar
es Salaam.
3) Voices from the grassroots: Representatives of local NGOs in Tanzania:
Ms. Angela Mulangila (Children in Need Outreach, Lindi); Mr. Benjamin
(Environmental Conservation in Karatu); Mr. Idd Mdanku (Union of NGOs,
4) Experiences on NGO work and financial challenges: Ms. Theofrida Kapinga,
Executive Secretary, TACOSODE.
5) The role of the government: Mr. M. Katemba, Ministry of Community
Development, Gender and Children Affairs, Tanzania.
6) Private sector and social responsibilities: Representative, Gaming Board
of Tanzania.
7) Experiences from Finland: Mr. Kari Välimäki, Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.
Mr. Mika Pyykkö, Head of Department, Slot Machine Association (RAY),
8) Closing remarks: Mr. Ram Nookadee, Regional President (East and Southern
Africa), International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW).

Participation and registration:
The seminar is open to all interested. However, places are limited.
To help us cover the costs, we kindly request a contribution of 10 Euros
(20000 TSH.) in form of registration fees, which includes seminar material,
lunch, snacks and drinks. 

Registration by 1st June to: uwe.ottka at stkl.fi, with copy to Flora Mahika,
Project Coordinator, TACOSODE: tacosode at yahoo.com

For more information, please contact:

Uwe Ottka
Chief of Development (ICSW)
Project Manager (CISUNET)
Finnish Federation for Social Welfare and Health (STKL)
Kotkankatu 6
00950 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358- 400 427 995 (Finland)
+255- 773 391 046 (Tanzania)
uwe.ottka at stkl.fi

Uwe Ottka
Kehittäispäällikkö (ICSW)
Projektipäällikkö (CISUNET)
Sosiaali- ja terveysturvan keskusliitto (STKL)
Kotkankatu 9
00510 Helsinki
puh +358- 400- 427 995 
+255- 773 391 046 (Tansania)
uwe.ottka at stkl.fi