Dar es Salaam. The UK government, through its Department for International Development (DFID), on Thursday, February 14 launched its Sh126 billion worth flagship civil society programme dubbed ‘Accountability in Tanzania Phase 2’ (AcT2) Programme.
Speaking at a media launch, British High Commissioner to Tanzania Sarah Cooke said the five-year programme will fund Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to ensure all Tanzanians were fully engaged, particularly, in four areas, namely, anti-corruption; climate change; gender equality; and social inclusion.
AcT2 is managed by KPMG Advisory Ltd.
“ACT2 will strengthen the ability of civil society to analyse and adapt to future challenges. It will also seek to improve the engagement between decision-makers, citizens and service providers in order to improve access to public goods and services,” said Ms Cooke.
She also said that the programme was meant to complement government’s efforts to curb corruption and promote accountability.
DFID Tanzania head Beth Arthy said that the UK was committed towards supporting civil society and media as well continuing to support government programmes.
“We believe that transparency, accountability and a strong citizen voice will help drive development, economic growth and poverty reduction in Tanzania. We want to help people influence the decisions that affect their lives and hold decision makers to account,” said Ms Arthy.
KPMG’s International Development Advisory Services deputy programme director Rehema Tukai said sterling pounds 36 million (about Sh104.4 billion at the prevailing exchange rate) were dished out during the first phase of the programme (AcT1), which ran from 2009 to 2015.
She expounded that out of the money, sterling pounds 27.7 million (Sh80.3 billion) went directly to CSOs as subsidies and the rest was meant for supervision of the project and capacity building of the organisations.
According to her, the targeted areas during the first phase included gender, education, water, health, environmental conservation and private sector development, just to mention a few.
AcT1 reached 7.5 million citizens directly and 22.5 million citizens indirectly, according to British High Commission.