The Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development (TCDD) is a coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tanzania that has dedicated themselves to undertake various lobbying and advocacy activities on policy, budget, debt cancellation/relief, poverty eradication and sustainable human development.
TCDD was launched as a loose coalition in 1998, and was then officially registered as a Non-Governmental Organization on 17th December 2007 with Registration No. 00NGO/0260 under the Non-Governmental Act. No. 24 of 2002.
The Coalition membership is open to all, and includes the following organization – Non-Government Organization (NGOs), Faith Based Organizations, Networks and Forums across all sectors
Being a civil society platform committed to capacity building and mobilization for lobbying and advocacy for economic justice and pro-poor development, TCDD seeks to campaign for sustainable foreign and domestic official debt and effective civil society involvement in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of Government policies that impact upon the lives of poor people.
Freedom from an unsustainable debt burden and abject poverty, characterized by pro-poor people-centred development based on full participation of the people in policy-making, implementation and monitoring from the grassroots to the national level.
The following traits or qualities representing TCDD highest priorities and deeply-held driving forces for TCDD work. They will guide every decision that will be made and impact every aspect of our organization. They are the core values that set us apart from other CSOs.
-Service before self
-Unity in diversity,
-and Value addition
-Lobbying, advocacy and campaigning for early, deeper and more debt relief and ultimate total cancellation.
-Create public awareness to link debt issues, poverty reduction and development.
-Link up groups, networks and individuals to share experiences on trade, debt and related issues.
-Stimulate a national debate about poverty and transparency, including strategies that would allow the country not to go back to the debt overhang.
-Follow-up on international initiatives/agreements in policy formulation, which have a direct impact on our economy, such as those signed with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organization (WTO), African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), African-Caribbean-Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) etc. – hence contributing to the international efforts on poverty eradication.
-Monitoring and evaluation of poverty reduction strategies.
-Build and strengthen the capacity of members down to the grassroots level to effectively engage in policy dialogue and monitoring.