What is CTECO
Comparatively for Tanzania Elites Community Organizers (CTECO) is be a pool of elites committed to work together to help the vulnerable groups in our communities and engage with other stakeholders to increase community resilience and reduce disaster risks.
We started way back in 2007 as a group of professional tutors, later registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) with registration number (474/2013/CD/CBO/D.30) in 2013 and Now we're a Non-Government Organization (NGO) Number (00NGO/00009866) operating at National Level and located in the Dodoma City Council (DCC) – Plot 249, Block “B”, Nkuhungu, Just after Nkuhungu Primary School towards Nkuhungu Police Post - Dodoma Region.
CTECO recognizes Government efforts to improve Education, Agriculture, Science, Health, Human Rights, Business and Entrepreneur etc. As well as to reduce poverty, ignorance and other factors that retard development.
However Government resources are limited and therefore a need for Elites in our communities to fill-in the gap by working hand in hand with local and international partners to bring about a desired development and social resilient in our communities rendered as pay back to the community.
CTECO we’re the Country Representative of Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)–(http://www.gndr.org/members/member-resources/list-of-members.html), a Disaster Rick Reduction (DRR) Network of over 850 organizations across 143 countries around the world with more than 20 CSOs in Tanzania, also accredited with the CSO observer status to the Conference Of Parties (COP) Through the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) (https://www2.unccd.int/convention/our-partners/civil-society-organizations), the National NGO representatives in the One Health Program and members of Tanzania Child Right Forum (TCRF).
What we do
The value of multi-stakeholder participation in tackling the challenges of resilient development is increasingly being recognized. The role of ‘non-state’ stakeholders in the development frameworks is more prominent than in previous frameworks. Elites have a vital part to play in enabling vulnerable groups in our communities to articulate needs and priorities, and realize their aspirations and rights, whilst complementing and supporting the government in its development and implementation of frameworks, policies, standards and plans at Village, Ward, District, Region and Nation level.
Elites have a solid relationships and extensive experiences to work with communities at local levels, particularly with the vulnerable groups. CTECO and GNDR Tanzanian CSOs have a unique position to foster the establishment of DMCs to participate, facilitate the inclusion of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations and support the state and non-state partnerships in a transition towards a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
Yet CTECO itself is characterized by a diverse range of voluntary low-capacity of members. Work often takes place in a fragmented and uncoordinated manner. There is the challenge of limited collaborative capacities to support elites’ participation and more effective engagement of all members to be invovled in the establishment of DMCs, implementation and monitoring of development policies and plans at grassroot levels in the United Republic of Tanzanian Communities.
Below are some specific gaps and challenges to an effective:
1.Professionals working in an isolated and fragmented manner;
2.Weak institutional capacities and working relationships for cooperation and collaboration;
3.Limited trust and space for elites participation in decision-making processes;
4.Agency competition for access to adequate and predictable long-term financial resources;
5.Poor connectivity amongst elites and with other stakeholders.
CTECO is playing an important and valuable role in tackling these gaps and challenges. There is huge potential, and this highlights how CTECO is planning to strengthen elites, particularly the retired elites to keep on unlocking potentials and to make a considerable impact towards greater resilient development so as to have a better future for the forthcoming generations.
Where we work
CTECO’s focus is to strengthening the capability of elites to work together, connecting with other stakeholders, working with relevant state and non-state development actors across different levels, and voicing the views of at-risk local people and local realities.
Undertaking joint actions such as the Frontline program, which includes Views from the Frontline and Action at the Frontline by engaging members and creating a valuable opportunity to work together. The work is to strengthen the ability of stakeholders and communities to learn from local experience and to undertake joint actions. The principle of repeating cycles of action and learning, to identify new and effective ways of working to build resilience in the United Republic of Tanzania.
Since 13th Feb 2018, when the PMO-DMD’s office launched the “One Health Coordination Desk” of which its implementation basically will be through the Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) at all levels i.e. Village, Ward, District, Region and National levels, a lot is expected to take place;
1. Growing Membership for both CTECO and the GNDR Network in the United Republic of Tanzania: by working hand in hand with both the Prime Minister's Office (PMO-DMD) and the 2nd Vice President Disaster Commission Zanzibar collaborating with CTECO the GNDR Country Representatives jointly with GNDR Tanzania CSOs to establish the Disaster Management Committees which include CSOs, Humanitarian Organizations and Prominent persons;
2. CTECO contributions towards a Stronger Global GNDR Collaboration: GNDR has established a Global Institutional capacity to enable CSOs to work in a more coherent and coordinated manner, including working with PMO-DMD and the 2nd Vice - President Office Disaster Commission Zanzibar to establish the Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) as outlined in the Disaster Management Acts of the United Republic of Tanzania involving Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar;
3. Enhance Policy Monitoring: The groundbreaking monitoring initiative Views from the Frontline will be involved in the mobilization and establishment of Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) right from grassroot levels in the United Republic of Tanzania leading through a participatory local monitoring process measuring progress in strengthening community resilience;
4. Improved Advocacy: CTECO to initiate a National advocacy campaign to revive the Disaster Clubs in Educational institutions and encourage the collaboration with Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) to ensure development and implementation of resilience policies and practices that are informed by, and connected to, local realities;
5. Increase Sharing of Knowledge/Practice and Reporting System: The action-research disaster program especially focused on the implementation of the One Health Program by advocating for an improved communication reporting system and sharing of knowledge, by making it available to communities, CSOs, local and National Governments to strengthen understanding and action on community resilience. CTECO will continue to engage stakeholders concerned with disaster reduction, sustainable development and climate change adaptation, by encouraging people concerned with these themes to work together on integrated actions that strengthen resilience and achieve sustainable development.
A Tanzania where Elites are vibrant, active, collaborative in supporting people and their communities, particularly the poor and the vulnerable groups, to prepare for, mitigate respond to and recover from disasters, and adapt to hazards and a changing climate.
Is a voluntary pool of elites, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and its networks, who are committed to working together, and engaging with partners and other stakeholders, to increase community resilience and reduce disaster risks in the United Republic of Tanzania.
CTECO believes that we can achieve more by working together. By undertaking joint actions and providing mutual support to the vulnerable groups in our communities to achieve shared objectives and reach common goals, we share core values that bind us together;
1. Equal rights, equal opportunities and shared responsibilities:
“Our workforce involves Equal rights, opportunities, and shared responsibilities in poverty alleviation;
2. Respect for Human Rights:
“We respect each other. That each Person is Right and Sensible Person, who deserve to be treated with dignity”;
3. Voluntary spirit, Transparency, and Mutual Accountably:
“We volunteer in a transparent and mutual accountability without discrimination, enhance honesty self-esteem, further one’s career, make friendship, learn new skills, help and feel needed by one another”;
4. Family spirit:
“We listen to each other, give credible feedback and understand each other’s needs, work WITH each other, to create a positive influence that eliminates the rise of any doubt and negativity”;
5. Social Partnership:
“We swim or sink together, despite contrasting interests; we strive to organize and recognize them, to meet one realistic negotiation, aimed at building a strong social partnership, determined to succeed per each problematic spheres amidst our community “.
Programs as attached
- Implementation One Health Strategy 2015 - 2020;
- National Plan of Action – Violence Against Women and Children;
- GNDR Strategy 2016 - 2020;
- The Disaster Management Act of 2015, for both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.