Speaking at the official launching of the FCS five-year strategic plan held over the weekend in Dar es Salaam, the foundation’s executive director Francis Kiwanga said the new plan marks the beginning of the organization’s 4th strategic period.
He said the new strategy had broadened more new areas of focus compared to the previous strategies that introduced a re-orientation into three focus areas, namely: governance, livelihoods, markets, and capacity development.
“In light of the expressed needs of stakeholders, grantees and government in particular and the review of the mission and vision, additional thematic areas have been introduced.
Kiwanga named the new thematic areas as governance, sustainable livelihoods, gender equality & disability inclusion, peace and conflict management as well as FCS institutional development.
“In implementing the strategy, our ultimate target group is citizens. We shall continue to give special attention to the poor people especially (women and men), women, children, People with disabilities (PWDS), youths and other vulnerable and marginalized groups,” he said.
He said by 2026, the strategy will ensure the citizens are actively participating in electoral processes that are more free, fair and inclusive.
The strategy must ensure that youths, people with disabilities and women have secured greater access to markets, jobs and livelihood assets and resources.
Kiwanga noted that the strategy increased awareness among women of their rights as stipulated in legal frameworks, improved accessibility to social services and infrastructure among people with disabilities & the elderly (especially women and disabled).
According to him, the FCS must also ensure that by 2026, communities are more effectively dealing with conflicts.
“We shall play a role of strengthening local and national platforms for conflict resolution and peace maintenance in the community,” he said.
Besides that, FCS will ensure that citizens including marginalized groups have increased knowledge on conflict concepts and actively participate in preventing and resolving conflicts.
For his part, the Non-Government Organization (NGO) Coordination Board Chairperson Dr Richard Sambaigwa challenged Civil Societies organizations (CSO) to highly invest in youths and social accountability.
Dr. Sambaigwa said it was very important work on that aspect because once the community is aware- it can contribute more to nation development future.
He said if the citizens are fully involved they can demand and hold accountable their leaders and therefore help to bring changes.
“On so doing, you must not forget to invest in youths, because they are the majority of the nation and are the movers or builders of the country's stability,” he said.
Citing the new strategy, he said that it had increased the scope of and thematic areas of priorities.
According to him, youths are the center of society transformation, noting that failure can destroy the investment made so far in peace.