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Stakeholders Discuss Progress And Challenges In Local Governance And Democracy

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As part of our strategic and selective engagement in policy processes, the Policy Forum’s Local Government Working Group (LGWG) together with KEPA and the Embassy of Finland, on the 27th of August 2009 organised a one-day dialogue on fostering local democracy in Tanzania.

Stakeholders Discuss Progress And Challenges In Local Governance And Democracy

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As part of our strategic and selective engagement in policy processes, the Policy Forum’s Local Government Working Group (LGWG) together with KEPA and the Embassy of Finland, on the 27th of August 2009 organised a one-day dialogue on fostering local democracy in Tanzania.

Stakeholders discuss progress and challenges in local governance and democracy

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As part of our strategic and selective engagement in policy processes, the Policy Forum’s Local Government Working Group (LGWG) together with KEPA and the Embassy of Finland, on the 27th of August 2009 organised a one-day dialogue on fostering local democracy in Tanzania.

Invitation To Dialogue On Fostering Local Democracy

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PETS Best Practices And Major Challenges

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In the last two years, more than 30 Civil Society Organisations in Tanzania have engaged in over 100 PETS-related activities, either as trainers of trainers, trainers or as trackers. What is the experience and what can we learn from it?

Progress on MKUKUTA and MKUZA Reviews

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The MKUKUTA (Poverty Reduction Strategy for mainland Tanzania) and MKUZA (Poverty Reduction Strategy for Zanzibar) implementation cycle is coming to an end at the end of June 2010. To this end, the Government of Tanzania formulated a roadmap to guide the assessment of the MKUKUTA/MKUZA implementation. In April 2009, a review guide was drawn up which subsequently led to the terms of reference and budget estimates for MKUKUTA and MKUZA review studies being approved in July. For more information, see relevant documents attached.

HOW MUCH REVENUE ARE WE LOSING?

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Over the past years, the government of Tanzania has focused itself on raising revenue from a limited number of sources. Taxation on drinks, fuel, cigarettes & tobacco products, Value Added Tax and Pay as You Earn (PAYE) have been the major focus of taxes. The current general consensus amongst the citizens is that these sectors are already overtaxed and government cannot impose any further taxes in these areas without aggravating the already rising costs of living and sinking the population further into poverty.

Constituency Development Fund in Tanzania: the Right Solution?

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The Constituency Development Fund (‘CDF’) is an additional means of financing (sourced from domestic revenue) for community-driven development that is managed at the constituency level by Members of Parliament (‘MPs’). As such it supplements, or operates parallel to existing funding mechanisms for local
government. In East Africa, the CDF has been available in Kenya and Uganda since 2003 and 2005, respectively and in August 2008, President Kikwete fully endorsed the introduction of CDF to Tanzania in his address to Parliament.

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