Norwegian Church Aid in Tanzania
- Presence established: 1965
- Funds used in 2015: 46.5 million NOK
By harnessing transformative interfaith action in communities, NCA Tanzania engages community members and local partners to uphold peace and promote social cohesion. Our interfaith community projects on budget monitoring, and savings and loan groups have proved vital for harmonious networking and interaction.
We focus on combating poverty, improving governance, and fostering social cohesion through our programmes with crosscutting issues of peacebuilding and interfaith relations, youth participation, and gender mainstreaming. Our capacity building of the religious leaders through interfaith committee at the ward, district, regional and national level, has led to positive results by overcoming religious barriers and tensions. Establishment of youth and women interfaith networks has also been critical in changing the perceptions about religious roles and have additionally ensured the participation, mobilisation, and involvement of youth and women.
We provide venues for economic and social empowerment of the rights holders by securing entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable employment for them. Our work in form of Inter-religious Village Community Banks (IR VICOBA) have led the beneficiaries to have greater control of the value chain, and thereby, a fairer share of the value creation. In addition, it has also boosted entrepreneurs’ skills and access to financial resources. Some of our income generating programmes within the agriculture sector, such as Small Holder Empowerment (SHE), gives farmers a greater ownership and technical expertise in storage technologies to improve food security.
We empower right-holders politically and socially through budget monitoring and advocacy directed towards duty bearers. In that regard, we use mobilisation, campaigning, and lobbying to further enhance right-holders’ ability make a difference. We facilitate right-holders’ active participation in Public Expenditure Tracking System (PETS), a model for anti-corruption work through budget monitoring.
As grant manager for HLH funded by the Norwegian government, our aim is to lay the foundation for a sustainable diaconal hospital in the Tanzanian context by making use of our international and domestic faith based networks, and ending the hospital’s single-donor-dependency. We assist the staff through their capacity development on financial and administrative matters, advocacy on health policy, and funding mechanisms for diaconal hospitals.
Our programme interventions provide access to safe water, and sanitation and hygiene services in vulnerable communities. Through active citizen participation in WASH interventions, we not only enhance sustainability of water supply infrastructure and services but also ensure oversight and transparency.
We prioritise WASH in our emergency response for both ongoing refugee crises and in the event of natural disasters. We have direct operational capacity in delivering humanitarian response, as well as a partnership with TCRS, an experienced actor in emergency response and currently heading ACT Forum. We work together with relevant humanitarian coordination mechanisms in Tanzania and work with our partners to strengthen ACT’s coordination role in humanitarian response.
In Tanzania, we are working in Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Geita, Iringa, Kagera, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Lindi, Manyara, Songwe, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mtwara, Mwanza, Njombe, Coast, Shinyanga, Singida, Tanga, Zanzibar and Pemba.
Through interfaith approach of working with all denominations, and FBOs, we strengthen their diaconal voice and work, as well as their administrative and financial capacity. We provide arenas where people and leaders of different faiths work together for the mutual benefit of marginalized and vulnerable people, and for peace and development in the community.