PISCCA Programme: Retrospective on France commitment to support civil society in Tanzania [fr]
From 2016 to 2018, the Embassy of France to Tanzania has funded a 3-year country-wide programme aimed at supporting the Tanzanian civil society.
PISCCA stands for Innovative Projects from Civil Societies and Coalitions of Actors. The objective of this 3-year programme was to fund small-scale projects implemented by grassroots organizations to strengthen civil society organizations while promoting social, economic and cultural rights.
Overall, with a total budget of 550 000 euros, the programme funded 13 grassroots organizations in 9 regions of Tanzania, selected through a call for proposal in 2016 (https://tz.ambafrance.org/PISCCA-Fund-Launch-of-the-first-batch-of-projects-and-organization-of-a). The grant provided to each of these 13 organizations amounted to an average of 30 000 euros and the duration of the corresponding projects was 12 months maximum.
Thus, the programme aimed at offering a first opportunity to grassroots organization to work with an international donor, while focusing on three development priorities for France:
a. Adaptation to the negative impacts of climate change and environmental degradation
b. Support to most vulnerable groups
People with disabilities
Gender-based violence / reproductive and sexual rights
Income-generating activities for women and youth
Social and economic integration of refugees
c. Good governance and public accountability
To ensure the success of the programme, the Embassy of France partnered with Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) to supervise the technical and financial implementation of the projects. In line with the objective of strengthening civil society organizations, FCS also provided dedicated capacity-building to each of the implementing organizations on project management, financial management and monitoring and evaluation.
Five projects were implemented in 2017:
1. ZACCA – Zanzibar Climate Change Alliance (Zanzibar)
Strengthening civil society organizations on climate change governance and accountability in Zanzibar.
2. TASUWORI – Tanzania Support for Women’s Rights (Morogoro region)
Enhancement of CSO capacity to ensure their involvement in the reform process of the local government.
3. WOY – White Orange Youth (Kilimanjaro region – Moshi rural area)
Community empowerment to address gender-based violence through a participatory approach.
4. MEWATA – Medical Women Association of Tanzania (Iringa region)
Youth empowerment on reproductive health in colleges and universities.
5. UNA – Uigizaji Na Ngoma Za Asili (Dar Es Salaam)
Empowerment of out of school youth with their sexual and reproductive rights through art and theatre.
Eight projects were implemented in 2018:
6. TEG – Tengeneza Generation (Morogoro region)
Enhancing youth leadership in the environment sector through capacity building.
7. NGSEN – National Gender and Sustainable Energy Network (Tanga region)
Creation of income generating activities for women and youth groups by promoting low cost efficient green charcoal ovens and stoves.
8. UWZ – Zanzibar Association of the disabled (Zanzibar)
Economic empowerment of people with disabilities through training on independent living and business management, and advocacy for their rights with governmental and financial institutions.
9. GLT – Governance Links Tanzania (Mwanza city)
Creation of a collaborative multi stakeholders’ framework to build urban resilience (environmental management, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation).
10. IWAPOA – Iloganzala Women against Poverty Association (Dar Es Salam)
Capacity building of 300 widows on business management.
11. ATFGM – Association For Termination Of Female Genital Mutilation (Tarime district)
Community empowerment on the elimination of female genital mutilation and child marriage. Mara region
12. Dignity Kwanza (Dar Es Salam)
Building social and economic resilience of refugees in urban areas.
13. NGONEDO – NGO Network for Dodoma region (Dodoma region)
Capacity building of the civil society on public financial monitoring to make duty bearers more accountable and transparent, and improve public services.