Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development (TCDD) is a national Coalition of Civil Society
Organisations (CSOs) which have joined together to form a forum to co-ordinate civil
society participation in lobbying for deeper and faster debt relief and/or total debt
cancellation. Since the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative was
launched in late year 2000, TCDD has actively involved itself in the process of preparing
the PRSP, which is a HIPC conditionality that acts as an accountability framework that
will ensure Government resources that are freed as a result of debt relief are squarely
focused and directed to poverty reduction.
TCDD engaged the Government at various points during the
drafting of the PRSP, with the aim of ensuring that Civil Society views and perspectives
are incorporated into the PRSP. It is our view that previous macro-economic
frameworks have failed because their design did not reflect the day-to-day experiences of
people living in poverty. The process documented in this report takes civil society
engagement around the PRSP further by developing strategies to monitor the implementation
and impact of the PRSP process. District based civil society organisations from 38
districts that are in the first phase of the Local Government Reform programme and other
national umbrella advocacy NGOs participated in a workshop to discuss strategies for
civil society engagement in monitoring poverty and PRSP.
The workshop took place at Kurasini Tanzania Episcopal
Conference Centre (TEC) hostel in Dar es Salaam from 4-6 April 2001. Various topics
ranging from participatory poverty assessments to introducing recent Government efforts to
establish a Poverty Monitoring system were made. Presentations and facilitations
were made by people from civil society organisations, academic institutions and the
Government. Plenary discussions were conducted after every presentation. Small
group exercises focusing on the main thrust of each days deliberations were done at
the end of each day.
The workshop ended with an agreement on a district strategy
(work programme) for civil society engagement in monitoring poverty and PRSP. The full
proceedings of the workshop are presented in the following pages.