Social Accountability Programme

Tanzanian citizens
Tanzanian citizens © FCS

Against the backdrop of shrinking civic space in Tanzania, the Social Accountability Program supports four key accountability Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country. It aims to enhance transparency and accountability of public resource management at national and local level and to empower citizens – including youth and women - and local organizations to engage effectively in public oversight, decision making and advocacy on social issues of concern.

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Agricultura y seguridad alimentaria
Formación profesional

Apoyo a empresas e inclusión económica
Política del sector público
Política agrícola
Participación democrática y sociedad civil
Gestión de las finanzas públicas
Servicios agrícolos & mercado
Movilización de ingresos internos
Formación profesional
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2023
CHF  9’440’000
Contexto Accountability and transparency have been on the decline and the space for citizens to participate in political decision making is shrinking. Parliamentary oversight is weakening as many laws are prepared by the Executive and subsequently rubber stamped.  Limited political opposition due to a ban of political rallies and frequent deflections to the ruling party have all but silenced critical voices in parliament. Re-centralization has altered accountability processes which are increasingly carried out in a top down manner by the Central Government. This has led to some perceived service delivery improvements as well as reduced (petty) corruption at the local level. CSOs are under scrutiny and face increased administrative and financial harassment at all levels. However, improved internal governance and adapted strategies – focusing mostly on non-confrontational, evidence based approaches – allow them to remain effective agents of change.
Objetivos Enhanced responsiveness and accountability of public authorities, both at national and local levels, which leads to more inclusive and equitable public policies and better services for women, men and youth in Tanzania.
Grupos destinarios
  • Direct beneficiaries: CSO partners at national and their members and grantees at local levels;
  • Indirect beneficiaries: Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public expenditure tracking Surveys (PETS) Committees and local animators, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in areas of partners’
  • Ultimate beneficiaries: Citizens, and citizen groups e.g. women groups, smallholder farmers and youth platforms
Efectos a medio plazo
  • Citizens’ voice, including women and youth in influencing decision-making processes on issues that concern them, is increased.
  • Partner CSOs are more effectively influencing   policies regarding public resources management both at the national and local level.
  • Civic space is preserved and dialogue between public officials and CSOs improves.

Resultados previstos:  

  • More than 100 lobbying and advocacy meetings at local and national levels.
  • Increased coverage of accountability interventions by CSO partners.
  • Findings from social accountability interventions and national budget analyses are disseminated to public officials and citizens including women and youth.
  • Continuous organizational strengthening and professionalization of each national CSO partner activities undertaken.

Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

  • Capacity Building and service delivery improvements: More than 160CSOs were trained and engaged in social accountability monitoring in 95 districts across the country, including mainland and Zanzibar.  Close to 100’000 citizens have benefited from over 30 service delivery improvements.
  • Enhanced CSO influence on national resource allocation debate: CSO increased influence on national policy discussions, especially around natural resource governance (Policy Forum) and agriculture (Agricultural Non-State Actors’ Forum -ANSAF). 
  • SAP partners increased joint efforts in learning and promoting social accountability: Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and Policy Forum are recognized as key leaders in Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM), shaping the national agenda. 

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
Sector privado
Organización suiza sin fines de lucro
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Sector privado extranjero Norte
  • 4 Civil Society Organisations: Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Policy Forum (PF), Agricultural Non-State Actors’ Forum (ANSAF) and Twaweza East Africa (Twaweza)

Otras contrapartes
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Wellspring Philanthropic Foundation (WPF), Hewlett Foundation and Ireland are co-donors to the four contract partners
Coordinación con otros proyectos y actores

CSOs/programmes: Good Financial Governance (GFG) program; Accountability Program in Tanzania (AcT2), SDC’s Regional Program on Social Accountability, anti-corruption, MVIWATA, Media program, Health Basket

Government: President’s Office for Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG); Ministry of Agriculture

Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    9’440’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    8’103’566
Fases del proyecto Fase 3 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2023   (Fase en curso) Fase 2 01.04.2015 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Fase 1 01.09.2009 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)