Social Accountability 2015-2018

Proyecto terminado
Tanzania © SDC

The Social Accountability Programme extends support to the three leading Tanzanian advocacy organisations in the field of policy advocacy, health and agriculture, Policy Forum, Sikika, and ANSAF. Each plays a key role in enhancing transparency and accountability of public resource management at national and local level, scrutinizing public resource data and empowering citizens and local organizations to engage more effectively in public oversight. 

Región/País Tema Período Presupuesto
Empleo y desarrollo económico
Agricultura y seguridad alimentaria
Derechos humanos
Estado de derecho - democracia - derechos humanos
Industrial policy
Política del sector público
Fortalecimiento del sistema sanitario
Política agrícola
Gestión de las finanzas públicas
Atención primaria de salud
Derechos humanos (incluidos los derechos de las mujeres)
Servicios médicos
01.04.2015 - 31.12.2018
CHF  5’030’000

Tanzania’s public accountability culture and systems are characterized by relatively weak structures of checks and balances in favour of a strong executive and by a lack of transparency vis-a-vis the public. Corruption is perceived as being high in the public sector. Despite of this, some positive developments could also be noted over the past years. At national level, oversight institutions such as the parliament and the National Audit Office (NAO) have started playing a more pronounced role questioning the Government around public resource management. The yearly parliamentary debate on the national budget becomes more lively and critical every year. The lack of accountability and grand corruption are widely reported in the mainstream and social media and talked about in the public sphere. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have also become more vocal, scrutinizing the Government performance. Whilst the latter is mostly concentrated in urban areas, and given the country’s size and the time it takes to achieve systemic change, the challenge of lacking accountability is still tremendously big in Tanzania.


Improved service delivery in health and agriculture in areas of SDC Social Accountability partners’ work.

Grupos destinarios

Direct beneficiaries: CSO partners at national and local level; citizen composed Social Accountability Monitoring Committees; Local Government Authorities in areas of  partners’

Ultimate beneficiaries:  Citizens, small holder farmers, health facility users, health officials.

Efectos a medio plazo

1.    Civil society and citizen engagement - Citizens and CSOs are engaged more effectively in decision making, oversight and advocacy in the public resource management cycle.

2.    Health service accountability - Increased  government accountability in provision of quality, accessible and affordable health care services

3.    Agricultural policies - enhanced smallholder farmers’ influence in local and national policy making.


Resultados de las fases anteriores:  

a)  Outreach: SAP partners trained and engaged more than 50 local CSOs on Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM), and SAM was implemented in 42 districts (out of 169) all over the country.

b)  SAP partners became lead CSOs to advocate on accountability: Sikika, ANSAF and Policy Forum are now recognized as lead advocacy CSOs in their respective sector, including by Government and Parliament. 

c)  Enhanced CSO influence on the national budget process: CSO partners’ joint lobbying has led to citizen-friendly changes in the national budget, e.g. reducing unnecessary spending in the health budget by 18% and an increase in the agriculture budget by 5%.

d)  Instances of improved service delivery at local level thanks to SAM exercises; e.g. improved functioning of health facilities in Kiteto and Ileje districts, construction of irrigation facilities for agriculture in Ulanga district.

e) Key lesson learnt: Social accountability initiatives should not only provide support to the “demand side” (citizens), but also to the “supply side” (public officials) to foster their understanding of public resource management and to build a relationship of trust between authorities and citizens.

Dirección / Officina Federal responsable COSUDE
Crédito Cooperación al desarrollo
Contrapartes del proyecto Contraparte del contrato
ONG internacional o extranjera
  • DANIDA, DfID, Comic Relief, American Jewish World Society, OSIEA, Canada, Ireland

Presupuesto Fase en curso Presupuesto suizo CHF    5’030’000 Presupuesto actual suizo ya emitido CHF    3’931’241
Fases del proyecto Fase 3 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Fase en curso)

Fase 2 01.04.2015 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.09.2009 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)