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.
Elites have a vital part to play in enabling vulnerable groups in our communities to articulate their 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 National 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 state and non-state partnerships to transition towards a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable development.
CTECO 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 establish DMCs, implement and monitor of development policies and plans.
Below are some specific gaps and challenges to an effective:
1. Professionals work in 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 ones 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.