Democratic Institutions and Citizen Participation

At FES we believe that a flourishing democracy relies on efficient and transparent political institutions as well as an empowered civil society. Democratic institutions should represent the interests of the population and allow peaceful, free and fair elections. They should furthermore promote open and critical debates among political and civil society actors.

To consolidate a culture of democracy it is necessary to support pro-democratic actors within parties, society and the state as a whole. FES aims to improve the functioning and transparency of political structures at all levels, promote a more active democratic participation within all parties and reduce the risk of political conflict and electoral violence.

Therefore, at FES we are engaged in a continuous dialogue on democracy with different political institutions and personalities such as political parties, parliamentarians and civil society organisations. For instance, we cooperate closely with Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (“Party of the Revolution”) concerning the promotion of social democratic ideas and values.

Besides strengthening democratic dialogue within and between political parties, FES supports a wide range of social actors with different political orientations. We believe that bringing together civil society organisations, media practitioners as well as election stakeholders and facilitate their mutual understanding fosters an environment of respect and tolerance and has a moderating influence on potential conflict.



Youth Activist Workshop: Breaking the Chain

Trade Unions in Tanzania, as elsewhere on the continent and worldwide, suffer from the fact that unionism is not as appealing anymore to the majority of young people and workers.



Accountability and Monitoring of Public Resources in Songea

In a bid to promote youth engagement in accountability and monitoring of public resources, from 26th to 27th April 2019, FES Tanzania in collaboration with alumni of its Young Leaders Forum, organized a training with representatives from civil society organizations and political parties in Songea region. The meeting aimed to raise awareness on how youth can engage in the decision making process and track the public expenditure systems. They were enabled with the knowledge and skills on how to conduct Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Systems (PETs).




Pre Budget Youth Dialogue

In a spirit of inclusion and citizen participation in the budget process, FES Tanzania in collaboration with Wezesha Foundation organized a pre-budget dialogue where young men and women from different youth organizations based in Dar es Salaam participated.


Latest Publications


Intraparty Candidate Nomination - A Gender Analysis

The United Republic of Tanzania is approaching general elections on 28 October 2020. Currently, the political parties participating in these elections are undergoing the internal process of nominating their candidates for councilor, parliamentary and presidential posts. To which extent are women included in this process, and are the nomination processes of selected political parties in Tanzania gender responsive and inclusive?



The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019

The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019 is the sixth edition of the AMB in the East African country. The AMB gives an overview of developments in media legislation and practice in the country since the last edition in 2015 on the basis of the assessment of national experts from the sector. It makes several recommendations for reform to ensure a diverse, free and impartial media landscape.



What is a Global Framework Agreement?

The following animated video will explain what a Global Framework Agreement is, using the example of the GFA between UNI Global Union and the South African retailer Shoprite.


Tanzania Office

P.O.Box 4472
Mwai Kibaki Road, Plot 397
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

+255 (0) 22 2668575
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