Mobilising support example:
A new NGO Act for Zanzibar

NGOs discussing the Zanzibar NGO Draft Bill Act
Presentation of the Draft Act at the start of each meeting
Gathering of invited stakeholders to collect their opinions
OrganisationAssociation of NGOs of Zanzibar (ANGOZA)


The Act governing the NGOs of Zanzibar was outdated and no longer in line with Zanzibar's 2009 NGO policy. ANGOZA, being the national umbrella organisation serving the Zanzibar NGO community, assumed responsibility for organising a series of consultations about the new draft law that had already been prepared. The aim of this campaign was to seek the advice and opinion of NGOs, which are key stakeholders.

Problem analysis

The Societies Act, No.6 of 1995 that governs the Non-Governmental Organisations in Zanzibar is outdated, and does not conform with the Zanzibar NGO Policy of 2009.

Solution analysis

To develop a new Zanzibar NGO Act which is updated and in conformity with the Zanzibar NGO policy of 2009. A draft Bill had already been developed, thus this campaign seeks the opinion of NGOs which are key stakeholders.

Stakeholder analysis

Which stakeholders (NGO’s, government, private sector) did you identify as allies and how did you involve them?
We identified NGOs, the private sector, government officials, media and Academia as main stakeholders. Our allies, NGOs and media, were mobilised through meetings.

Which stakeholders did you identify as neutral and how did you mobilise them?
Government officials

Which stakeholders did you identify as opponents and why were they opposed?
No opponents were identified.

How did you involve your beneficiaries in the stakeholder analysis/campaign?
The meetings were held in three regions of Unguja, the main island of Zanzibar, from 9th to 14th November 2020. The meetings involved 150 participants from NGOs, local government authorities and media.

Short description of the organisation implementing the action/campaign

ANGOZA - Association of Non-Governmental Organisations of Zanzibar is an outstanding National Umbrella Organisation serving the Zanzibar NGO Community. ANGOZA was established and officially registered in 1993 under the land perpetual succession act No. 101 of 1953 and re-registered under the society Act. No. 6 of 1995. ANGOZA is a non-governmental, non-partisan, independent, voluntary and non-profit sharing organisation. As an umbrella body it is committed to promoting the well-being of its constituency by acting as a unifying organ and mandated representative in advocating for transformation for the common goal. ANGOZA focuses on policy engagement and advocacy by making appropriate changes towards creating a conducive environment for NGOs to operate.

Action period
October to December 2020

Capture views of NGOs towards formulation of the new Zanzibar NGO Act.

Action results
There was a high level of support from stakeholders, these included: NGOs, media and the community at large.
There was active participation from invited NGOs and more opinions were collected to improve Zanzibar NGO Bill Act.

Description of preparatory activities
1. Identified list of potential facilitators
2. Collected the draft of Zanzibar NGO bill from the Government
3. Identified the list to be invited
4. Identified venue for the meeting
5. Got ready for the meeting to collect opinions

Description of implementation
1. Hired facilitators to present the draft bill after getting it from Government
2. Photocopied the Zanzibar NGO draft bill to get enough copies for the stakeholders
3. Sent invitations to NGO, local government authorities and media
4. Secured venue for the meeting
5. Conducted meeting to collect opinions

Description of time investment
Three months

Conference package for participants, 150 NGOs from 3 regions for 4 days = 54,000,000.00 TZS
Transport cost 12 trips = 2,880,000.00 TZS
Facilitators in 3 regions for 4 days = 2,000,000.00 TZS
Rapporteurs = 600,000.00 TZS
Total = 59,480,000.00 TZS

Follow up
This campaign did not require a follow-up.

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