Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance to raise the bar in CSO collaboration

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The Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) has pledged to further enhance its interactions with civil society organisations so as to improve on extending the socio-economic rights so as to see the effective delivery of public service to the people of Tanzania. This vow was made by the Chairman of the commission Hon. Bahame Tom Nyanduga during a meeting with Policy Forum members.

“That is why we as the commission, from the start of this year, have attended numerous civil society events and increased our visibility in the media. We want to communicate to civil society and the public that we can work together to enhance human rights,” said Hon. Nyanduga.

The Chairman also expressed keenness for CHRAGG to continue to receive sensitisation on the Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) approach used by Policy Forum as described by the network’s Coordinator, Semkae Kilonzo, who emphasised that it involved the right for citizens to acquire justifications and explanation for the utilisation of public funds from those assigned (duty-bearers) with the task of managing them.

Policy Forum and CHRAGG have been collaborating with CHRAGG since 2013, organising joint interventions such as appearing together at the Tanzania Chapter of the African Parliamentary Network Against Corruption (APNAC) 10th Annual General Meeting in June 2013 and preparing a joint presentation, co-publishing a booklet on good governance aimed at sensitizing both leaders and the community on the subject.

PF also collaborated with CHRAGG by conducting an orientation training to CHRAGG staff and management on Social Accountability Monitoring that was held in Dodoma in June 2014. This not only enabled CHRAGG staff to obtain baseline knowledge of the importance of Social Accountability Monitoring in good governance and service delivery and how it links to local level work of CHRAGG and other government institutions, but also to gain an understanding of the importance of working with civil society.

The Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) is an independent government department established as the national focal point institution for the promotion and protection of human rights as well as being watchdog on the observance of The Principles of Good Governance in Tanzania. It was established under the Constitution of The United Republic of Tanzania of 1977, and became operational on 1st July 2001 after the coming into force of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance Act No. 7 of 2001, as amended from time to time.