THE government has finalised amendments of the Non- Governmental Organizations Act, 2002 which will compel Civil Society Organisations to submit reports to the NGO registrar on financial resources, expenditure and projects implemented during the given period.
The revelation was made here on Monday by the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and and Children, Dr John Jingu.
He said the State had published the regulations under the Act in government gazette number 609 which was issued on October 19. “The government has amended the regulations under the Act in order to cope with the current changes,” said the PS while opening the Tanzania Civil Society Week 2018.
The annual event, under the ‘Industrialization Drive in Tanzania: People, Policy and Practice’, has brought together about 400 Civil Society Organizations (SCOs) to showcase, publicize the work of CSOs and their contribution to the building of an industrial economy.
Dr Jingu, who graced the event on behalf of Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, cites aspects of regulations amended in the Act as including an obligation by CSOs to make public through the media, the funding of the projects amounting to 20m/-.
“While the third regulation demands CSOs transparency and accountability on financial issues, the fourth regulation demands the CSOs to be accountable to the wananchi through th Local Government Authorities system,” said the PS.
Dr Jingu explained that the government recognized the great contributions of CSOs in social and economic development as well as supporting the government in the fight against corruption.
However, he said, implementation of projects by some CSOs had raised questions in terms of value for money, consequently triggering conflicts between donors and members of the public against the CSOs in question.
On her part, the President of Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Dr Stigmata Tenga, said FCS had so far dished out about 200bn/- to about 5000 NGOs to undertake various projects in 30 regions in the Mainland and the Isles.
“The projects aimed at promoting development will reach over 30 million people in the Mainland and the Isles,” she said.