CCR is the only agency in Tanzania that explicitly addresses the issue of violence and child protection through the perspective of democratic governance. CCRs interventions have already had a positive impact.
CCR’s ward level participatory action research was facilitated with local Government in Unga Ltd ward, which has the highest rate of violence in the city, resulted in violence rates reducing by 80% over a 3-year period.
CCR facilitated a Future Search process with 70 stakeholders in the city to develop a child protection plan. One of the outcomes of that was that 5 political champions have taken on the child protection agenda and championed it within the council.
In 2015 we worked with the social welfare officers to develop case management procedures for victims of violence, and the city doubled the number of social workers in their employ.
In 2015 we assisted the city economist to cost the child protection plan and the council budgeted for the establishment of a one-stop center for victims of violence in 2016.
A level of public demand has been generated for child protection services via the work of CCR and other agencies that engage in community mobilization. However, councilors have expressed the desire to better capture the extent of this demand so that it can inform their planning, and so that the child protection agenda can compete successfully against more tangible investment priorities like roads, water and sanitation.
Arusha City Council wants to push child protection as an agenda and to demonstrate that they can govern in the interests of young people, and with CCRs help it has developed a costed city child protection plan that will cost Tsh4.4 billion [US$ 1,968,020] to deliver over 5 years.