And the winner is…
The hall remained silent, fingers crossed, as people gathered at the Blue Pearl Hotel anxiously waited for the name to be mentioned. Then followed deafening applause as shouts of joy and happiness filled the hall when Zinduka Development Initiatives Forum (ZSIF) was announced the winner of the 2012 Civil Society Excellence Awards.
It is the Foundation for Civil Society’s tradition to recognize each year, CSOs that do exemplary work in improving the lives of the wananchi.Zinduka received the accolades in recognition of its tremendous performance in empowering and changing children’s lives.
The first runner-up for the Excellence Awards was the Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI). The organisation was recognized for its efforts to equip the elderly and the disabled with new skills such as handicraft so that they can take better care of themselves.
Mkombozi Centre for Street Children emerged as the second runner up for its efforts in empowering and protecting the rights of street children.
While any member of the civil society sector in Tanzania is eligible for competing for the Excellence Awards, the Foundation also recognises the best performers among its own grantees through the Best Grantee award.The winner for 2012 in this category was the Tandale Market Grain Sellers and Investments (Tamagrasai) which emerged as the best performer in governance and accountability. It was as also the overall winner.
The Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation won in the Policy and Youth Ambassador in CSOs Capacity Building category.The Kibaha Association of the Blind won in the Emerging CSO category. The Kilimanjaro-based Action for Justice and Society (Ajiso) and Tanga Youth Development Association (Tayodea) were awarded certificates as best performers for three consecutive years.
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