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HDT is working in Policy Advocacy to ensure the CSOs are engaging in policy making through effective coordinated strategic advocacy work. 

We define our Policy Advocacy as engaging with policy makers, with and on behalf of civil society organizations to influence policy and practice. Understanding that policy is the stated framework guiding actions, it is important to ensure that favorable policies are made and implemented. 

In this area, the strategic objectives are: 

  1. HDT and other actors engage in policy advocacy related to HIV, health and poverty reduction. Under these strategic objectives we envisage to have strong involvement in formulation, implementation and review so as to instill ownership, and create accountability of actions.
  2. CSOs that are working in HIV, health, gender and poverty reduction are well-coordinated as a team through the Tanzania AIDS Forum (TAF) to share its best practices in the engagement in the policy and budget processes.

HDT experience and capacity in policy advocacy has been enriched and our networking has increased.
Our outstanding results in this program include:

  • Supporting decision makers to understand the significance of thematic allocation on HIV funds and to influence the allocation as well as judicial use of the money through HIV budget analysis and results dissemination.
  • Enhanced understanding the impact of macro policies on sectoral budget and education of non state actors on the same.
  • 100 youth were trained as ToT on youth policy and governance and 34 youth groups were formed for this advocacy.
  • Led the CSO forum for HIV and health was established, hosted by HDT and now graduated into independent secretariat with its strategic plan and website.
  •  Influence the mainstreaming of HIV in MKUKUTA as well as influencing the focus of NMSF

In Policy advocacy, HDT does the following projects:

1. Youth Policy project

Objective: to educate youth on youth policy and good governance. The program also entails training in life skills and reproductive health in order for youth to be able to be more responsible and make the right choices.

How: Working with local government, about fifty young men and women are identified in each district (both in and out of school) to form a group. They facilitated to select 25 representatives who are trained and in turn return to facilitate dialogues on youth issues in the district.

Where: The project is implemented in Mbeya and Kagera regions in four districts of Rungwe, Kyela, Bihalamulo and Ngara

Funded by: Foundation For Civil Society.

Youth Policy
Training of youth on youth policy and good governance


2. HIV budget analysis

Objective: to determine the amount of funds allocated to HIV as a total and by function. Also to determine administrative allocation e.g. central and regional.

How: HDT works with other organizations on the HIV and AIDS budget analysis. Reports and budgets are being collected and through thorough checking and cross checking being analysed and interpreted. This information is also being used to engage with decision makers to influence budgets.

Where: Actions under this section happen in Dar es Salaam and Mbeya, but the effect of the same reaches the whole country in terms of budget allocation.

HIV budget meeting
Engagement with Constitutional, Legal and Public Administration Committee. 

3. Secretariat of Tanzania AIDS Forum

HDT was elected to provide the secretariat to the newly visionary CSO network consisting of NGOs, FBOs and INGO's aiming to strength the voice of non state actors and improve programming. Chaired by Dr. Peter Bujari, Executive Director of HDT, the forum held its inaugural Annual General Assembly in February 2007 and has since then participated to in the review of National Multisectoral Strategic Framework for 2008 to 2012. TAF members discussing draft of NMSF supported by UNDP May 2007.
TAF meeting
TAF members discussing draft of NMSF supported by UNDP May 2007.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2009 14:49  


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