23 June 2012

Tanzania: Koica Takes Stock of Projects

THE Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Korean NGOs working in Tanzania have this week shared their experiences on the challenges facing their projects and activities in the country.

According to the KOICA project and training programme coordinator, Mr Poncian Claudi, the main aim of the meeting was to share the experiences and challenges facing International NGOs in Tanzania.

During the workshop held in Morogoro for two days that ended yesterday, the NGOs had an opportunity to discuss a topic presented by the Legal Office from the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children from the Department of NGOs Coordination, he said.

He added that the presentation by the representative from the Ministry focused on "The Policy and Strategy for cooperation with International NGOs in Tanzania". He also said that the NGOs got an opportunity to share their experiences about the Integrated Rural Development project in Morogoro.

Speaking at the workshop, the Guest Speaker, Mr Sunho Kim (Project Manager), challenged the NGOs to make sure that it was their duty to sensitize the community to adopt modern technology in farming so that the country can be able to alleviate famine.

"As part of familiarization of the projects, the participants from the NGOs were able to visit the project after the workshop," he said. He further stressed that community development is one of the priority sectors for Korean NGOs in Tanzania. In his remarks, Mr Holywater Oh, Resident Representative of KOICA Tanzania Office, said that NGOs played a big role in making a better life in Tanzania by participating in community related projects.

"I promise that KOICA would consistently support the NGOs to contribute to the development of Tanzania at the grass root level," he said. He explained that KOICA supports NGOs because through them it can manage to help the community at large from the grass roots.

He also emphasized on the importance of the efficient management for sustainable development of the project and activities initiated by the NGOs. Furthermore, KOICA has plans to assist local, hardworking NGOs starting next year. KOICA has continually supported NGOs to develop cooperative policies as a way of promoting partnership in the private sector.

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