Our Journey: Issue No. 1 – 2021
Our journey has been long and ambitious. It is almost two years now since FADev was officially registered in July 2019 as a Non-Governmental Organisation aimed at promoting small-scale mining. However, the journey itself began in 2016 when HakiMadini, a non-Governmental Organization with its headquarters in Arusha – Tanzania, in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) began to look at how the small-scale mining industry in Tanzania works. That was the beginning of the history of FADev as described in detail in this report. Since then, we have gone through various stages of being registered as a Non-Governmental Organisation under the Non-Governmental Organisations Act, 2002.
On behalf of FADev Governing Council, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who enabled FADev to exist and start working. First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Government of Tanzania for creating an enabling environment for institutions like FADev to be able to register and operate. The Government’s reforms in the mining sector have made the small-scale mining sector more recognizable and highly motivated.
It is our belief that in order for the Government to achieve its objectives in this sector, and for the gains made to be sustainable, the participation of non-governmental organizations such as FADev is essential.
We are grateful for the continued cooperation and facilitation we receive from various Government institutions and especially the Ministry of Mines (MM), Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG), State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), National Environmental Management Council (NEMC), the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Housing Development (MoLHD), and the Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Minerals.
In addition, I would like to thank SWISSAID Tanzania for their support from the initial stages of the establishment of FADev to the present. I would also like to thank our beneficiaries who are small-scale miners and the surrounding communities who have been able to embrace FADev and see it as an important partner in their fight against poverty.
Last but not least, I congratulate FADev’s Secretariat for working hard and achieving great successes.
As the fifth term President the late John Pombe Magufuli has been reminding us from time to time, our country is endowed with a rich variety of mineral resources. However, in order for these minerals to benefit ordinary Tanzanians, non-governmental organizations such as FADev must work closely with the Government to support and develop small-scale miners as in other sectors of agriculture, livestock and fisheries.
We are committed to building FADev into a strong, professional institution with systems that meet national and international requirements and that will work closely with the Government and international institutions to develop small-scale mining.
Once registered and obtaining all the necessary permits to operate legally in Tanzania, the Governing Council has placed great emphasis on building and strengthening the foundations for running FADev. We have held two annual general meetings as required by our constitution. The resolutions of these meetings have been implemented. The Governing Council, which is FADev’s main daily regulatory body, has held a total of three sessions in accordance with the constitution and oversees the secretariat in its day-to-day operations.
The governing Council has prepared and put in place institutional frameworks and guidelines for managing FADev’s resources including ensuring that FADev registers with the required legal controls such as the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Higher Education Student Loan Board (HESLB), and the Workers’ Compensation Fund (WCF).
In addition, we have prepared a five-year Strategic Plan (2020 – 2025) that will guide FADev’s direction during this period. In our infancy, we have already started implementing various programme activities for small-scale miners as outlined in detail in this report and in the introduction of the Executive Secretary.
Despite the successes we have achieved, we are aware of the challenges we face. We have outlined them in detail in our Strategic Plan. Here I would like to address one major challenge: having only one development partner supporting our programme activities – SWISSAID Tanzania. We are determined to meet this challenge and have already identified development partners that we can work with and we are organizing a meeting with them which will take place before June 2021.
Already, various institutions including financial institutions, international organizations and large mining companies in the country have shown interest in working with FADev.
Our journey has just begun. We believe in the famous saying “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”.
We intend to go further. We therefore, welcome you to join us in this noble journey!
Chairperson, FADev Governing Council