As part of the 2018 Board Governance Plan, five members of the ActionAid Tanzania Board, accompanied by staff members from the head office, visited Chamwino and Singida LRP.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Members of the board who took part in the visit are: Ms Mary Nsemwa (Board Chair), Maimuna Kanyamala (Member), Dr Azaveli Lwaitama (Member), Deus Kibamba (Member) and Daniel Luhamo (Treasurer).
The visit was aimed at familiarising Board members with grassroots development works of the organization, to help inform future directions. The tour also created an opportunity for new Board members to know more about ActionAid development approaches and working modalities.
In Dodoma, the team had a brief meeting at AATZ Dodoma Office, where they were oriented about Chamwino and Singida LRP and its work. They also visited AFNET(AATZ partner) with the aim to understand their work.
Thereafter, the team visited Chamwino Women Farmers’ Platform (JUWWACHA) where they were briefed about achievements and challenges of the platform. The visitors also toured Msanga B Primary School, which was started as a satellite school through ActionAid support and later transformed into a formal primary school by the government. The Board members held meetings with the School Management Committee, School Clubs and CDFs.
In Singida, the team met the District Executive Director Mr Rashid Mandoa, to learn on how the organisation relates with the government. Afterwards, the board members visited Women Rights Association (SAPAWA) and mentor farmers. They also visited Agro-ecology project under SNAP and held a meeting with farmers in Mrama Village.
Commenting on the visit, the Board members said that that they had witnessed a mutual relationship working approach with the government which is a good thing and should be maintained for smooth operations of AATZ.
They also acknowledged that empowerment was visible, particularly for Chamwino Women Farmers’ Platform (JUWWACHA) and Women Rights Association (SAPAWA) as they are well equipped and understand their rights as they can demand them from the government. They emphasized that more empowerment was need due to the fact that community dependency on AATZ is high; hence they need to be capacitated to be able to demand resources from the government.
The Board members further requested the organisation to increase visibility of its work, through having posters that show its work, in all of its offices, and ensure documentation of best practices and organisational processes that are taking place at grassroots.