Stakeholders Validate Guidelines for Local Content

Group-Work-2-e1540986362864-1024x562 (1)UONGOZI Institute and the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC) jointly organised a one-day Local Content Stakeholders’ Workshop, which took place on 16th October, 2018, in Dodoma.

The workshop, which was officially opened by The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Hon. Jenista Joakim Mhagama (MP), discussed and validated the proposed “National Multi-Sector Local Content Guidelines”. Representatives from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society were in attendance.

Delivering introductory remarks, Mrs. Beng’i Issa, Executive Secretary of the NEEC said the Guidelines were developed to ensure implementation of economic empowerment initiatives.

“Our aim is to ensure that key stakeholders across all sectors increase local participation in opportunities arising from investment projects.”

Mrs. Issa further stated that currently, there are fifty-seven local content coordinators in each Ministry and some Government institutions, charged with the responsibility of ensuring citizens’ participation in investment projects.

She added, “The Guidelines will therefore provide coordination frameworks for local content initiatives at the national and local level.”

On behalf of the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo, Head of Executive Education said research shows that local content and participation are critical for the profitability and sustainability of investment projects, and further elaborated on how the Institute’s programmes contribute to the acceleration of the two.

“For about five years, through our Natural Resource Management programme, we have been conducting research, delivering training and organising forums that aim to enhance local content and participation in Tanzania, particularly in the industrial sector.”

In her address, Minister Mhagama stressed that Tanzania’s fifth-phase Government has set a target of ensuring Tanzania becomes a middle-income country by 2025, through implementation of strategic projects.

Hon. Jenista Joakim Mhagama (MP) delivering Opening Address.
Hon. Jenista Joakim Mhagama (MP) delivering Opening Address.

Minister Mhagama further emphasised, “To fully engage citizens in these strategic investment projects, each stakeholder needs to understand their roles and ensure implementation.”

She noted several large development projects that are being implemented in the country; including construction of the Standard Gauge Railway, Stieglers Gorge and Port, and investments in the extractive sector; and said “The Guidelines couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Minister Mhagama underlined that the Government intends to put the Guidelines into practice before the end of this year, and directed all local content coordinators to follow and report on them accordingly.

Minister Mhagama further emphasized the importance of cooperation among stakeholders for increased local participation and economic empowerment, and closed with a Swahili proverb; Kidole kimoja hakivunji chawa (a single finger does not break a louse).

Leadership Programme for Senior Leaders of the Tanzania Police Force Begins

Leadership-Workshop-1-e1539940644931-1024x57615th October, 2018 – Dodoma: A one-week comprehensive leadership programme for senior leaders of the Tanzania Police Force (TPF) was officiated today by the Director of Administration and Human Resource in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Issa Ng’imba on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs.

Organised by UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the TPF, the programme aims to enhance key leadership competencies of senior leaders of the TPF in making strategic choices, leading people and managing other resources, and exceling in personal leadership qualities.

Mr. Issa Ng'imba delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs
Mr. Issa Ng’imba delivering a speech on behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Ng’imba said he was pleased that the programme has come at an opportune time.

He further stated, “I believe the programme will contribute to the on-going initiatives that aim to resolve frequent leadership and administration challenges faced by Regional Police Commissioners.”

Mr. Ng’imba further noted that misconduct and abuse of authority done by few continue to ruin the image of the TPF. He advised Inspector General of Police (IGP) and all senior leaders in the TPF to adddress the matter soon after the programme.

Speaking on behalf of IGP Simon Sirro, Commissioner Albert Nyamhanga said the TPF, since the initiation of a long-term reform programme in 2006, has continued to transform, and further underscored how the programme will contribute to the realisation of the TPF’s vision.

“Our vision is to become a skilled Police Force that works with the community to maintain peace, stability and accelerate political and socio-economic development of the country. This programme will allow us to reflect on the progress, challenges encountered, and propose a way forward.”

In his remarks, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Prof. Joseph Semboja touched on the background of the Institute’s engagement with the TPF.

“In the beginning, the TPF was not among the Institute’s main clients,” he stated, “however, under the leadership of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli that has changed.”

Prof. Semboja went on to explain that to ensure good governance and rule of law, President Magufuli directed the Institute to invest more efforts on three Institutions, including the TPF, in his first days in Office.

Furthermore, he expounded on how the Institute has been implementing the Directive.

“In 2017, in collaboration with Aalto University Executive Education of Finland, we launched a year-long Executive Programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership, with a total of thirty-two participants, of which thirty were senior leaders of the TPF. At the end of the programme, 94% of participants graduated.”

“This marks the second programme offered to senior leaders of the TPF,” he added.

Concluding his remarks, Prof. Semboja said that the Institute will continue to strengthen the capacity of the TPF’s leadership to help improve services provided to the public.

The five-day programme will cover several leadership development modules, including Personal Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, structure of the Government of Tanzania, Political-Administrative Interface, Good Governance, Ethics and Anti-corruption. It will also have sessions on the structure of the TPF and how to tackle challenges encountered in the implementation of the TPF Strategic Plan.

Facilitators of the programme are former Government leaders; including IGP (Retired) Said Mwema, Commissioner of Police (Retired) Laurent Tibasana and former Regional Commissioner, Hon. Isidori Shirima; and leadership experts from government and non-governmental entities.

To enable a diverse and thriving civil society, tax deductible charitable contributions should be introduced

By Dr. Gwamaka Kifukwe

In recent years, there has been a growing appreciation that business (and the private sector more generally) can and should have a greater role to play in a society’s well-being and progress. The traditional view that “the only thing that matters is the bottom line” ultimately still applies, however there is a growing appreciation regarding just how that bottom line is met. As a result, economic activities and organisations can no longer be viewed as separable from broader society. Globally has been most evident in concerns regarding environmental protection and abusive labour practices. These concerns have been on the rise since the 1970s and are increasingly part of our thinking around fairness and equality.Donations Accepted

One example of this is the growth of CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility. Ostensibly, this concept treats a business or company as a ‘citizen’, complete with responsibilities to the community within-which it operates. This has ranged from charitable donations, to ‘community days’ among others. However, to truly mobilise the skills and competencies contained within the private sphere, more needs to be done.

One approach that has been adopted in some parts of the world is to make social and charitable contributions tax deductible. Embracing this could be vital in supporting, not only socio-welfare initiatives (ranging from scholarships and volunteer programmes to the provision of medical support), but may also be used to support research institutions, the arts (theatre, music, crafts-men and -women, painters, dance, etc.), museums, etc., that form part of the richness of a society. The range of possibilities can only be viewed as a win-win for all stakeholders. The growing interaction can lead to new business ideas, to skills transfer, to increased awareness of broader issues and concerns beyond the silos within-which people find themselves in.

In addition, by enabling the private sector to choose how and where its contributions go, we encourage a sense of community based on solidarity (charitable contributions) by unlocking private generosity, rather than just on government obligation (taxes).

Operationalising this is, in principle, relatively simple:

  1. Social-welfare projects, social enterprises, charities, and other non-profit organisations register with the government and are vetted for their social impact potential, and alignment with government policy objectives.
  2. A private organisation will provide contributions to an approved charity and file the same amount with the government revenue or taxation authority.
  3. Following inspection and verification, this amount is deducted from the taxes owed to the government revenue or taxation authority.

This cannot and should not replace government-managed initiatives (which in turn could also be listed as eligible options for tax-deductible contributions). Rather, this should be viewed as complimentary to the broader societal aspirations entrusted to government. In the framework outlined above, all major actors (civil society, private, and public sectors) are involved, which prevents the rise of ‘philanthropists-as-kings’ and created parallel governance structures.

The approach encourages creative problem solving to social needs on the part of the communities themselves. This in turn tends to lead to more localised or sector-specific solutions. Some of these solutions are highly experimental, which discourages public financing due to a high risk of failure. Another benefit to government is that the burden for identifying and monitoring interventions is lessened, while the choice of organisations that are supported through this mechanism provides signals about what is both appreciated, and where interventions are yielding results.

For this to work, not only would a change in policy to allow tax-deductible contributions be required but also regulation of the sector, and mechanisms for registering and vetting eligible non-profit organisations. Tax and revenue authorities would need to coordinate with authorities responsible for regulating the non-profit sector, as well as with regional authorities and local governments to follow-up on the effective use of contributions. The administration involved should be streamlined and kept simple to avoid rendering this route unfeasible because of an over-burdening bureaucracy.

As African businesses are beginning to really spread their wings and take off, perhaps it is time for how we in Africa relate to the private sector, and how we incorporate them into our development visions and aspirations. There is already a growing number of home-grown philanthropists treading new grounds, but these are few and far between – by permitting tax deductible contributions, all Africans (and African businesses) can better contribute to our collective welfare and transformation.

Newly appointed DCs, LGA Directors urged to take a disciplined approach to leadership

UONGOZI Institute and the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government’s five-day Leadership Programme for the newly appointed District Commissioners (DCs) and Local Government Authority (LGA) Directors concluded on Friday 12 October, 2018.

The closing ceremony was officiated by the Minister of State in the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Hon. Selemani Said Jafo (MP).

The programme covered nine leadership modules, including Leadership vs Management, Personal Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Harmonious Political Administrative Interface, Structure of the Government, Peace and Security, Protocol and Etiquettes, Risk Management and Internal Control, Control of Illegal Substances/Drugs, and Effective Management of Public Resources.

In his address, Minister Jafo stated that the programme serves as a leadership induction for the newly DCs and LGA Directors.

“We thought that since you have recently been appointed, it would be ideal to take you through the ABCs of leadership. The aim here is to create a common understanding of how things are executed.”

Minister Jafo further advised these leaders to ensure they put the knowledge gained through the programme into practice.

On observing the importance of disciplined leadership in achieving results, Minister Jafo said, “I urge you to avoid insubordination. Leaders who take a disciplined approach to leading are always able to inspire action, drive change, and achieve results.”

Furthermore, Minister Jafo said that in the current Nation’s Budget, about 21% has been allocated to regional administration and local government and therefore, without disciplined leaders effective management of resources will not be realised. He advised the DCs and LGA Directors to “be creative, identify available resources and ensure effective management of those resources.”

Speaking on behalf of the CEO, Mr. Kadari Singo, Head of Executive Education at UONGOZI Institute said that the programme was designed to equip DCs and LGA Directors with tools and perspectives to make well-considered strategic decisions and lead transformation.

“During the programme, participants were exposed to leadership theories and best practices to help them master complex challenges in their work areas, capitalise on emerging opportunities and ensure effective management of resources.”

Mr. Singo futher noted that the programme was the fifth leadership workshop of its kind organised for DCs and LGA Directors. He said that in the past, similar workshops were organised between 2017 and early 2018, where the majority of the aforementioned leaders from across the country participated.

Hon. Selemani Said Jafo (MP) during his address.
Eng. Mussa Iyombe, Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government speaking during the Closing Ceremony.
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Mr. Kadari Singo, Head of Executive Education Department at UONGOZI Institute delivers welcoming remarks on behalf of the CEO.
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District Commissioners and Directors of Local Government Authorities following a presentation on Control of Illegal Substances/Drugs.