• Service: Advisory
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

Large spike in public participation at community meetings 

In Tanzania, the number of citizens participating in statutory meetings in 5 districts (Longido, Meru, Arusha Rural, Monduli, and Arusha City) has increased from an average of 50 people per meeting (2011/12) to an average of 280 people (2012/13) at both Village and Mitaa level. This is average increase of over 500%. During 2012/13, 12,300 citizens participated in statutory meetings as a result of partner empowerment activities and community advocacy, contributing to decisions surrounding service delivery and policy and budget implementation in their localities.
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Key elements of context


  • In 2012 Transparency International rated Tanzania as the worst performer for bribery in East Africa. The allocation of services and resources are subject to influence by patronage networks. The implementation of LGA budgets and services is not monitored – many projects are planned and paid for but never implemented – either due to corrupt misappropriation of funds or poor planning.
  • LGAs are legally required to hold community meetings to outline their budgets and expenditure, as well as service delivery plans and updates for each local area. However, prior to the GTF in target districts these frequently have not taken place or had low attendance. Beyond these statutory meetings, systems and structures had not been put in place or were not functioning to support transparent decision-making or dialogue between Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and the communities they serve. LGAs have historically not proactively shared information with citizenry on matters other than security, and requests for information have been ignored. Meetings with citizenry have not been set up either proactively or on request.
  • Participation in decision-making processes by poor and marginalised groups, particularly women, PWDs, indigenous groups is poor.