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Increasing voices of Burundian Refugees that come to Tanzania on Tanzanian citizen Act, Immigration Act and refugee’s laws through ICT

The main objective of this project is to contribute towards raising refugee’s understanding of the laws governing their rights in Tanzania

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Since 1970 Tanzania has been receiving refugees from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The situation changed in 1990 years where pandemonium leading to refugee camps opened more especially Kigoma region. Here is burdensome and more interaction began. In the mid of 2000 there were seen the country to have peace efforts bear fruit, some were in their voluntary returning to their home country while others flatly deny return, this led to some camps in Kigoma particularly close.  

In recent days there have been occurrences of refugees from Burundi coming to Tanzania. The advent of this time would be difficult, as it has been as a surprise because there was no clue behind any dispute which was expected to lead to refugees in such large quantities. Up to date about 145,570 refugees have already been received in NYARUGUSU camp here in Kigoma. Many of these refugees are women and children. Statistics show that from all refugees received 70% of them are children below 18 years while state the comment almost 68% of the refugees are women. The coming of the new refugees has forced two camps that were closed to be reopened again.

Refugees must have access to information about the country they are living including cultural of the neighboring community in order for democracy peace, justice, democracy and human rights to function. Lack of access to information results into a violation of the laws and acts that governing the country they are living in and that govern refugees camps and hence violation of peace, justice and human rights. Access to information concerning peace and justices allows refugees and community surrounding refugees’ camps to exercise their civil rights. Information and Technology can support in strengthening of peace, justice by enabling and expanding Refugees’ social mobilization. Currently refugees are not aware of Tanzanian citizen Act, Immigration Act and refugee’s laws as the fundamental for peace and justices for them.  The main objective of this project is to contribute towards raising refugee’s and Tanzanian citizen living around refugees’ camps and border voices, effective governance and accountability by enabling community engagement and open responsive government. The project will be the solution for insecurity and instability to citizen around refugees’ camps and refugees themselves. Through this project refugees in NYARUGUSU and all Tanzania citizen living in villages surrounding NYARUGUSU and those bordering Burundi  will use IT as a platform/avenue to share information depending on Tanzania culture, norms and laws that governing refugees.

Under the proposed project the following activities will be done: - (i) Buying of Tablets and information sharing software (these tablets will be given to peace and justice monitors that will be situated in every village) (ii) Establishment of Village Based Peace and Justices Monitors in every responsible village and NYARUGUSU refugee camp (who will be responsible for monitoring issues pertaining illegal immigrants and refugees for enhancement of peace and justices (iii) Raising awareness of the Tanzanian citizen bordering Burundi , those surrounding NYARUGUSU refugee camp and refugees themselves on laws governing citizenship, immigration and refugee issues in Tanzania (iv) Promote accountability of leaders of local government on how to control of illegal immigrants on their territories for sustainability of peace and justices and (v)Advocating for amendments of citizen Act so that to allow citizen by birth even if one of the parents is not a Tanzanian citizen (by removing the necessity of swearing to renounce citizenship of parents who are not citizens of Tanzania)

The following will be the result of the proposed project

1. Increased accountability and transparency among leaders in the project area in budget process and fund utilization; 

2. Elected communities committees are delivering the roles in relation to peace and justices; 

3. Availability of mechanisms/systems of information sharing among refugees leaders and Tanzanian leadership for sustaining peace and justices; 

4 Availability of knowledge and skills among refugees leaders and Tanzanian leadership on laws governing citizenship, immigration and refugee issues in Tanzania; 

5 Quick Feedback from Local Authorities to NYARUGUSU refugees camp leaders on any incidents  happened in a village that might involve refugees for collective solution.

Explain your idea

Despite of all efforts that are made by the international community and humanitarian NGO but it is a fact Tanzanian citizen in Kigoma has been the victim massive arrival of refugees. It has become a victim in the sense that the border of our country and the countries where the refugees come from everywhere it is clear simplification of refugees into arbitrary, a few of them entering and submission to the relevant authorities. This situation has been leading to increased incidence of various crimes insecurity and instability. These refugees are entered for smuggling have been more likely to incorporate the weapons that are in one way or another have been used in various crimes and robbery cases. In that way Tanzanian citizen living around board and those surrounding Refugees camps have been seen refugees as a threat to their life and properties. However some Tanzanian citizens have been seen collaborating with these refugees in committing crimes and robbery. It should be noted that whenever these countries fought refugees are following to Tanzania as it is their neighboring country and whenever they come some crimes instants start as that someone may be convinced that they are the one concern with. Many areas bordering between Burundi and Tanzania there is neighborliness markets where citizens of both countries do meet and do business together. This has resulted into either young Tanzanian or Burundians to married each other. Due to this there are the following effects: - 1. It have been difficulties in identifying refugees diapers and diaper are illegal immigrants, leading to an increase in crime 2. Additionally for illegal weapons in the community, since many of those who bring these weapons come as they come to their relatives. 3. There has been an increase in young people who are born with one of their parents who are not citizens of Tanzania. 4. Increased incidence of particular crimes using weapons as a result of increase in illegal immigrants in the community which ranks the country in suspense and great concern Experience has shown that citizens living along the border do not have enough knowledge about citizenship, immigration and refugees laws. It is not easy for them to distinguish these things and very bad authorities who are charged with educating the citizens have been doing so for various reasons. Again refugees that came to Tanzania they are also not aware if there is any laws that governing citizenship, immigration and refugees, for them because they are running from war they fill comfortable when they reach a place they think they are self. This project is very distinctive compared to the current practice because there have been no any organization that has been working in this area. We thought that this area should get enough investments so that to reduce some of difficulties.

Who Benefits?

Beneficiaries of the proposed project will refugees already in Tanzania with those who will be coming. Apart from refugees we also expect that all Tanzania people that live surrounding Burundian board will benefit from the project as well as Government leaders from both countries.

How is your idea unique?

This idea is Unique as it will use ICT as means of communication.Community based monitors will be given tablets with reporting coding where they will be required to enter number or letter as it will be agreed and that letter or number will be translated into information from our database. Information that will be obtained monthly will be shared among government leaders and refugees camps leaders hence peace making.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about you

Our executive director Mr. Bihaga Edward Saimon is having LLM from Atlantic international University with 10 years experience in managing and handling staffs under donor funded programmes; He has been managing and utilizing funds since 2004 in that way he has shown competences in communicating with different donors that has funded our programs. He has responsibilities of communicating and reporting anything happening to the project to the donor, Government and organization management. He makes sure that all work is done accordingly, he keeps good image of the organization before the donor and government. All of this activities will be done through Umoja wa wawezeshaji KIOO. Umoja wa wawezeshaji KIOO, abbreviated as KIOO is a voluntary non-governmental, non-political, non-religious, and non-profit sharing organization that was found in 2001 and officially registered in 2004 under the Societies Ordinance of 1954 with certificate of registration number S.O. 12793. The vision KIOO is envisioning in having a Tanzanian society where every individual is free from poverty, injustice and lives in dignity. We believe that the poor people if empowered have potentials to lift themselves out of abject poverty. KIOO will ensure that the potentials of the poor and marginalized people are utilized to bring about sustainable development in the areas they belong. The organization mission is to promote and protect human rights of the poor and marginalized groups, especially women and vulnerable children and improving sustainable community development in Kigoma region. Main objectives The objectives to which our organization is established are to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS, malaria and other pandemic disease; to promote and defend human rights; to raise public awareness on the hazards of drug abuse and life skills; to develop and support programs that create awareness and induce people to develop the culture of self-employment as means of eradicating poverty; to raise awareness on human rights and responsibility of the government (Good governance and accountability) and provision of vocational training to vulnerable groups in the community. KIOO believe that all people are equal and the world is a good place where all people are cared for, where everyone’s needs are met, respected and valued. We believe that our call is to make this a reality. The organization values Our organization adheres to the following values: openness, professionalism, commitment, accountability, transparency, equality, active participation, voluntarism and team work spirit. KIOO working experience KIOO has been working in Kigoma rural since 2004; for more than 10 years of our operation we have realized that most of young people and single young mothers are facing challenge in accessing their daily basic needs due to lack of stable income, girls are the most impacted by the problem.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

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Hi KIIO!

Thank you for posting your project!

Ashley Tillman - I would love your perspective on this project.

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Thanks.
Burundian refugees has been coming to Tanzania and all the time they have been seen that they are sources of crimes to the citizen, therefore this project will educate them on how to live with Tanzanian when they come.

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Interesting stuff, KIIO! Perhaps you might consider helping people better grasp how this idea could play out by describing some of the proposed activities you've outlined. Check out these Challenge winners: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/winning-ideas/access-to-government-procurement-opportunities-learning-space where a few scenarios were created to explain the idea in a human-centered way.

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The following activities will be done:-
1. Buying of Tablets/ Smart phone and information sharing software (these tablets will be given to peace and justice monitors that will be situated in every village) and production of training materials that covers and education and information materials. The manuals, education and information sharing materials will be in simple language that will be understandable to all community members.
2. Raising awareness of the Tanzanian citizen bordering Burundi , those surrounding NYARUGUSU refugee camp and refugees themselves on laws governing citizenship, immigration and refugee issues in Tanzania.
3. Promote accountability of leaders of local government on how to control of illegal immigrants on their territories for sustainability of peace and justices.
4. Establishment of Village Based Peace and Justices Monitors in every responsible village and NYARUGUSU refugee camp (who will be responsible for monitoring issues pertaining illegal immigrants and refugees for enhancement of peace and justices
5. Monitoring and evaluation of the programme

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This is great info thank you! A few more quick tips and tricks for your post:

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The idea is program that will be implemented in Kigoma where currently there is infelicity of refugees from Burundi.Perception of people in Kigoma is that once these refugees come to Tanzania there is an increase of crime and mostly robbery.
The program will tackle understanding issues of both refugees and Tanzania bordering Burundi on laws governing refugees rights whenever there in Tanzania and at the same time Tanzanians should know which laws governing refugees whenever there in Tanzania.This is important because Tanzanians that residing at Burundian border and surrounding Nyarugusu Camp has negative attitude towards refugees. Some of the reason is refugees are covered with much support from international humanitarian NGOs and government that them. In a baseline conducted by our organization in collaboration with the PhD student from Preston University respondent told us that they are fairing refugees as they are more likely to take their jobs and employment. And when we asked what kind of refugees they prefer that may come to their county if asked they said may be elderly and people with disability.
The proposed project will address the said problem by offering of training to local leaders, airing radio programs, translating international and national laws into simple languages, conveying the translated materials into audio form and awareness raising through Mobile SMS.