Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) established its presence in Tanzania in 2006 and has a long history of working together with local faith-based actors to help people climb out of poverty and promote justice. Throughout its presence, NCA has nurtured an interfaith civil society movement, working for peace and social cohesion, accountable governance, economic justice and gender equality. For NCA, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation is a key approach to strengthening the role of civil society and promoting sustainable development results in the country.
NCA in Tanzania strengthens the capacity of civil society actors and civic space to foster human dignity and rights, and to empower people to participate in the development and implementation of public policies and development plans. Together with civil society organisations, NCA and partners work to implement long-term development programmes in the following areas:
a. Fighting Inequality (FI)
b. Climate Smart Economic Empowerment (CSEE)
c. Gender-based Violence (GBV)
d. Sustainable Faith-Based Health Care - Haydom Lutheran Hospital (HLH)
NCA increases local resilience and bridges the gap in the humanitarian-development nexus through emergency preparedness and response planning and developing the capacities of local and international ACT Forum members. This ensures appropriate, timely, effective and coordinated response to crises when they occur.
In Tanzania, NCA empowers people for positive, active citizenship so that they can climb out of poverty and participate fully in society. The approach strengthens civil society, faith actors, and interfaith platforms to deliver results through Climate Smart Economic Empowerment, Fighting Inequality and Gender-based Violence programmes. Working with local partners, NCA prioritises empowering youth, women and religious leaders as change agents for sustainable livelihood, job creation, ending GBV and reducing inequalities.