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Corporate Social Responsibility in Tanzania Mining sector: An option or Obligation?

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Stakeholders have urged the government in co-operation with other stakeholders to establish a legal framework for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices as to ensure its effective implementation and compliance for the benefit of both national and international interests.

The Government Finally Launches the National Education and Training Policy (ETP) of 1995

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CSOs and other stakeholders including AMREF have lauded the government for launching the long-awaited National Education and Training Policy (ETP) that had been in the back-burner for almost eight years.

Speaking soon after the launch, Dr. Serafina Mkuwa, a representative of AMREF working on sexual reproductive said that the policy can finally be operationalized as among other things, it now allows re-entry of pregnant girls to school after giving birth.

What is the secret behind the Swiss Billions?

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Recently the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a US-based watchdog released a report   with data on monies wired to the HSBC Bank in Switzerland (one of the world’s largest banks) including by people associated or connected to Tanzania. About a hundred people wired $ 114 million (equivalent to 205 billion Tanzanian shillings) for year 2006/07.

Should Pregnant Girls Return to School after Giving Birth?

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Different civic actors have called upon the government to fully operationalize the reviewed National Education and Training Policy (ETP) of 1995 which now allows pregnant girls to return to school after they have given birth and recommended that sexual and reproductive education be given to young girls and young mothers.

This call was made during the Policy Forum Breakfast debate on 30th January 2015 at the New Africa Hotel.

Citizens Budget 2014/15 Issued by the Ministry of Finance in Collaboration with Policy Forum

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The Citizen’s Budget document is issued to improve citizen’s access to budgetary information
with the objective of promoting accountability and transparency in public finance management.
It presents the Government budget in a simple language, highlighting its important features and
making it easy for a common person to understand and grasp the budget. The policies and
programmes reflected in the Government budget affect the lives of all citizens and therefore it is
important for them to fully comprehend its implications.

Budget Bill No. 13, 2014

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To read the Budget Bill, 2014, click 1 and 2

Office Closure for Holiday Season

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Kindly be informed that Policy Forum Secretariat office will be closed for Christmas and New Year Holiday from 22nd December 2014 to 13th January 2015.

The office will be opened and resume its regular activities and operations on Tuesday 13th January 2015.               

CSO STATEMENT: Power sector fraud tests the Tanzanian government’s integrity and accountability

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Following the recent tabling and discussion of the Controller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on the Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL) Tegeta Escrow Account (TEA) in parliament and the subsequent public outcry regarding revelations of unprecedented fraud, we, the undersigned Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)  wish to communicate our joint position on the controversy.

Tax Reforms in Tanzania: what do the VAT and the Tax Administration Bills of 2014 say?

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VAT is very crucial and one of the leading sources of revenue collection as compared to other sources of taxation payable by a large number of people and has to be made efficient as possible, it has been learnt.

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