Children in Crossfire Tanzania – Better Way Foundation

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Children in Crossfire Tanzania

The mission of Children in Crossfire Tanzania (CIC) is that young children perform effectively in their schools and communities. The organization’s vision is a world where young children can realize their potential.

CIC has established itself as a leading organization advocating for investment in Early Childhood Development. The organizational strategy is to target 3 “Impact Districts” with an Integrated ECD program. Impact Districts are selected from key indicators for ECD where the need is greatest. Within the Impact Districts we work with local partners to deliver interventions focusing on nutrition, stimulation (at home and via pre-school/day-care centers), care practices (in terms of health and the physical environment) and child protection. We also build the capacity of Local government officials with responsibility for young children and advocate for improved resources for young children, in line with the proposed National IECD Policy. Building on this, the strategy also operates at the national level, using the evidence from the Impact Districts and collaborating with other stakeholders to advocate for increased national focus on ECD, to strengthen and implement laws and policies affecting young children and to monitor progress against government commitments. Among CIC’s major partners in Tanzania are UNICEF, Dubai Cares, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation.

Current BWF funding supports CIC’s work to strengthen the Tanzanian Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN). CIC will work with Molly’s Network, a Dar es Salaam-based NGO launched in 2010 that is developing an independent assessment and NGO accreditation scheme in Tanzania, to assess and then strengthen structures, systems and people within TECDEN in order to develop TECDEN’s organizational capacity to maximize its impact for children. Areas of focus will include financial and management systems, policies and procedures, skills gaps, and resource gaps, as well as an effort to bring more strength and transparency to the national TECDEN steering committee.