C-Sema Strategy 2016 – 2020 has been developed to build on our determination to give a voice to children in Tanzania and through this to empower them to shape the world and realise their rights. Central to this strategy is a commitment to make Tanzania a safer place for children by helping to protect them from violence and by ensuring their voices are used to influence policy, legislation and practice. Grounded in children’s rights principles and working in partnership with government’s key Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the major goals of the strategy are to strengthen our communities’ capacity to protect children and to utilise the unique data set generated by C-Sema to influence and strengthen child protection systems in both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.
In making changes, opportunities such as the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been seized by C-Sema. Staff profiles would need to be modified and developed in certain thematic areas like research and data analysis for advocacy. C-Sema needs expertise on research to be able to systemically collect data on upcoming SDGs indicators that are of sufficient quality relevant in terms of SDGs monitoring.
C-Sema needs to maintain its vision and mission and governing structure. Evidence based advocacy, a successful part of our work, needs to continue. Research needs strengthening, as we currently struggle to translate our data into domestic policy influencing.
UNCRC article 12 will remain a core principle of C-Sema. The possibility of simply speaking to someone will remain as important as any action taken on the basis of data. While Article 12 will continue to guide our work, Article 19 will become more important for our data and advocacy work, particularly in relation to the SDGs.
And lastly, use of current & new information and communication technologies platforms & tools will need to be developed, such as online child protection for children in Tanzania, online counselling platforms, traditional awareness raising through community radios, TVs and social media for knowledge sharing and knowledge generation more broadly.