CCT advocacy, policy and governance program focuses on strengthening CCT’s research, policy development and advocacy skills at national level, networking with other agencies with the aim of influencing the policies and practices of the government of Tanzania so that it delivers equitable and sustainable service in the country. Takes a pro-poor perspective to the policy debates in the country, particularly around natural resource governance and promotes actions that favor freedom of religion and peaceful co-existence. The strategies used includes conducting of research, producing and dissemination of simple policy briefs, policy analysis, dialogue meetings with relevant stakeholders, producing of media programs, networking with different stakeholders, lobbying and awareness raising on different issues.
CCT’s advocacy initiatives have registered a number of gains:
The parliament has been able to legislate on policies regarding extractive in which CCT had inputs to make sure natural resources benefit Tanzania citizens. The laws included Revenue Management Act, Tanzania Extractive Industry Transparency Act, Petroleum Act (2015), and the Natural Gas Policy (2013).
CCT played a leading role in the constitutional review process. It was instrumental in advocating for a process that was people centered and carried the people’s views. CCT played a critical role on the media statement that was released by the churches and which was a turning point for the process due to the significant audience it received. CCT also promoted peaceful co-existence during the constitutional making process despite the threats that were posed by attempt to introduce Kadhi Courts, which would have introduced discrimination on freedom of worship.
Projecting the role of CCT as an advocacy voice and developing a platform for consultations. It has become normal for ministers to consult with CCT on policymaking process. The former Prime Minister mentioned the work of CCT in advocacy during a formal address in parliament.