The Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) is a voluntary, private, non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit-making Civil Society children’s rights organization based in Dar es Salaam as its headquarters, founded and registered in 2006 under the NGO Act No. 24/2002. CDF has Sub Offices in Mara and Dodoma Regions.
The CDF’s work is geared towards producing a select range of high-visibility products on children’s issues with a view to influencing public attitudes and policy and building the capacity (on legal and human rights issues) of child-focused organizations in Tanzania. It provides a forum for dialogue and discussion on issues affecting children. It seeks to explore new and contentious issues that affects. CDF “put children FIRST” in all aspects of its work.
CDF is a non-profit organization that works for promotion of children’s rights for most vulnerable children , through creation of working forums that empower children, families and communities.
Our Core Values
In carrying out its programs CDF espouses the following 3 values:
- Gender Equality (Involves mainly creation or promotion of similar conditions necessary for access to resources, benefits, and participation for both sexes)
- Partnership and Participation (None imposition or suppression of views or opinions on others, but instead working together towards consensus building), and
- Voice of the Children (ensuring that children’s voices are audible and guide or inform the development process accordingly)
The core functions of CDF are embedded in its vision and mission.
- Firstly CDF’s function is to strengthening and facilitation of human rights advocacy for children at risk and affected by child marriage, FGM, gender based violence, and other gender inequalities.
- Secondly, CDF’s function involves establishing a supportive environment for enhancement of meaningful and sustainable participation of children in development initiatives in their communities.
- Thirdly, Boys and Men Engage in the promotion of women’s and girl’s rights to upheld gender equality.
- Fourthly, is the strengthening of CDF’s organizational capacity in order to effectively and efficiently implement its strategic plan.
CDF envisages a Tanzania landscape where children dwell in a context permeated with dignity and where social justice is upheld.
CDF promotes a holistic advocacy approach which embodies the inclusion of all community actors, stakeholders and community members. The approaches aim at enabling the communities design own activities, generate own ideas, and develop information. The approaches promote children to contribute freely and express their views accordingly, and with confidence in front of other community members. Other elements of CDF’s specific approaches are listed hereunder.
a) Advocacy: CDF employs an advocacy approach that creates social change and visibility in influencing or engineering change.
b) Partnership: CDF’s partnership approach involves partnering with organisations that will compound CDF’s impact and voice. CDF’s partnering approach is guided by common cause and complementarity between children issues.
c) Participation: Participation approach by CDF centres on equitable representation of girls, boys, men and women.
d) Networking: CDF’s strategic networking is based on perceived impact or effect of the jointly executed activities, and or its advantages.
e) Capacity Building: CDF’s approaches to capacity building are based on promotion of knowledge development and training events that empower communities and sustain the change process. CDF focuses on promoting change processes that are both transformative and empowering.
Article 8 of the CDF Constitution empowers the organization to operate all over Tanzania. So far CDF is operating in four regions in Tanzania, namely, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Mara and Dodoma regions.
Niche and Approach
CDF’s main contribution is in regards to its unique approach in mobilizing at risk children and actually taking them through a process that enables them to achieve some form of empowerment. Besides bringing about tangible and real change to girls and women in regards to overcoming gender based inequalities in the communities, the organization possesses unique capabilities as narrated hereunder:
The CDF is administered and managed by the Executive Director through the overseeing of the CDF Board of Directors. The Executive Director is the head of the organization, chief administrator and spokesperson of the CDF. The Executive Director is accountable to the CDF Board of Directors. Board of Directors reports to the Annual General Meeting.