In mid-September, ActionAid Tanzania (AATZ) organized the national strategy development workshop at Dar-Es-Salaam as a continuation of the processes of developing the new country strategy.
The aim of the workshop which was attended by staff, board members and partners from LRPs and national level was to review achievements & impacts of CSP III, lessons going forward & inputs to the CSPIV development.
The workshop was facilitated by the external facilitator from MSTCDC and different approaches such as presentations, plenary and group discussions were used to ensure maximum participation of all participants. The event was officiated by AATZ board chair MS Mary Nsemwa.
In his welcome note the country Director Mr Yaekob Metena insisted that this is a critical process for the organization as it helps to set direction and be focused.
Day one of the workshop was mainly presentations to help participants understand the current achievements and lessons for going forward in the next strategy. Some of them were programmatic CSP Lessons, LRP Operational model of partnership, funding context of financial management, governance in ActionAid and efficiency of the Support System.
During the presentations, it was noted that across the implementation period of CSP III, the organization has made credible progress towards realizing commitments made in the strategy. Some of the major lessons includes; Change in attitude is a process that requires sustained commitment & engagement, Bottom up approach to development is powerful for sustain ability of development initiatives as community participation from the onset ensures interest & ownership, addressing structural causes of poverty such as confronting power holders requires collective actions and involvement of various stakeholders of the same interest from local, national and international through campaigning, Building evidence etc.
In the second day the facilitator led participants in discussion, identification and setting priorities for the next strategy. Some of programme priorities agreed were; prevention of violence against women, promote gender equality and secure economic justice to women, civic participation and state accountability for the redistribution of public resources for the delivery of quality, gender responsive public services (education & health), strengthen resilient livelihoods and promoting climate justice and protecting children’s rights and securing decent work for young people.
A zero draft of the document is already produced and shared with staff and board for review and comments. Since its establishment in the country AATZ has already developed and implemented three strategies.
Also during the process, participants had an opportunity to meet with AA International board chair Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda who was in the country for the AU mission of pushing country to put commitments on ending child marriage.She used the opportunity to explain to participant about the new global strategy development process citing it as a daring and humble strategy anchored in 4 Rs(Rights, Redistribution,Resilience and Resources.”The generally assembly met and approved this strategy in Arusha therefore We call it Maamuzi ya Arusha”
On their side,partners who participated in the process appreciated AATZ for inviting them to participate in the process….”Im happy to be part of this learning process. We have seen it as a right process for bringing together stakeholders to participate in the process”. says Israel Ilunde
In her closing remarks the board chair appreciated the management for organizing the workshop and staff and partners for their participation…”It is good the board is involved in the process because it will help us understand more about AATZ work…”