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Capacity Enhancement

Since its inception in 2009, CELG has been implementing several of capacity enhancement programs in governance, human rights and natural resources management. CELG implements community empowerment through training, workshops, mentoring, tailor-made programs and organizational development. 

Our approach to capacity building is mindful of the rights-based approach as opposed to the needs-based approach. 

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Rights Advocacy

CELG works to promote respect for human rights through application of the law. We do so by providing legal expertise to vulnerable groups such as children, women and disabled people. Our main focus is to provide legal education and to bring in/or support cases in critical areas where existing human rights standards are threatened.

CELG compliments its human rights work through capacity building and by dissemination of legal information. 

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Policy Engagement

CELG strives to increase community participation in decision making processes and actions that determine how policies affect ordinary Tanzanians, particularly the most vulnerable citizens. CELG maintains a network of stakeholders on policy issues with whom we share expertise and resources to reach more people around the country.   

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Who We Are

The Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (CELG) is a non-governmental organization working to promote a well governed society whose rights are respected and protected. The organization was conceived in January 2009 by four eminent scholars and practitioners in the field of law, governance, environmental justice and community development. CELG was officially registered in September 2009 and is on the fore front in the fields of capacity enhancement, rights advocacy and policy engagement.

In addition to these responsibilities towards the public, CELG also advocates on behalf of citizens affected by economic or social activities on the environment and natural resources. Understanding also the need for responsible leadership towards national development, CELG promotes all aspects of good governance.

CELG extends its commitment to include working with other civil society organizations, local government authorities, development organizations, and the general public to direct their resources towards better and responsible environmental stewardship, rights protection and the promotion of legal aid and legal education.

Since its inception in 2009 CELG has worked on various long projects in Kilwa, Liwale, and Ruangwa districts in Lindi Region, Rufiji, Bagamoyo, and Mafia districts in the Coast Region, Mbozi and Momba Districts in Mbeya Region, and Hanang, Kiteto, Mbulu, and Babati districts in Manyara

Our organizational structure
Our organization structure comprises three main organs which are the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors and the Management. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is open to all members. This is the highest policy making and governing organ within the organization. It has powers to make final decisions in all matters of the organization, including strategic plans.

The AGM meets once every fiscal year, usually in mid-June. However, an Extraordinary General Meeting can be convened at any time if and when deemed necessary. All members are eligible to attend and vote and decisions are made by a simple majority.  The Board of Directors comprises of five eminent candidates with multi-disciplinary backgrounds. The Board supervises implementation of all decisions and directives of the AGM and CELG’s constitution. It meets four times a year depending on the issue calling for discussion.  

Our management and support team is a unique blend of multi-disciplinary professionals with specialized expertise in administration, finance, law, governance, community empowerment, and project management. The management team supervises all other staffs and daily activities, and is headed by the Executive Director who is also the organization’s spokesperson. 

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Objectives

Objective 1:
The capacity of selected stakeholders to engage and ensure good governance in the environment, forestry and wildlife management is enhanced.

  • Under this objective, we carried out the following activities under the “Legal Aid Education or Communities” project: Public and project sensitization meetings which achieved three objectives, which are:
  • to introduce CELG; to provide a detailed overview of the action; and to seek their active involvement towards the realization of the project.
  • Development and dissemination of 9,000 copies of simplified materials on legal rights and paralegal services.
  • Trained 75 paralegals on legal rights and paralegal work. The training was divided into eight phases, all spread over twelve months.
  • Established four paralegal units and assist them to be registered as NGOs. The units extend legal assistance to communities in the district. We have entered into agreement with them to refer cases which require professional handling attention of CELG and other legal aid providers and also engage the units as local coordinators.
  • Project monitoring and evaluation through data collection, reporting, and data quality assurance, use and dissemination. The organization also conducted post project meetings.


Objective 2:
Community environmental, forestry and wildlife rights are respected and protected.

  • Through the project “Community Education on Forestry Resources Protection, Conservation, and Management” we carried out the following activities to accomplish this objective:
  • Introduced the project at District and village levels coupled with awareness creation on the importance of improving legal knowledge and skills on forest resources use, protection, conservation and management to forest adjacent communities, and beekeeping as alternative income generating activity to reduce over-dependence on wood based forest resources and encroachment in the forest reserves.
  • Conducted training on policies, laws and governance issues related to roles, responsibilities and rights of forest adjacent communities in forest resources use, conservation and management to villagers and village leaders surrounding Nyumburuni, Kikale and Zumbi forest reserves.
  • Facilitated formation of beekeeping groups and conducts training on best (modern) beekeeping practices, and honey harvesting, processing, packaging, storage and marketing techniques.
  • Conducted project monitoring and evaluation.

In addition, under the “Education for Community Rights in Land Resources Management” project we performed the following activities:

  • Carried out community sensitization meetings to assess local issues, develop group solidarity and determine an action plan to resolve issues using peaceful methods.
  • Developed behaviour change and communication materials relating to advocacy, human rights, and governance, legal aid and paralegal services.
  • Conducted training sessions to local community members on advocacy, human rights and governance.
  • Monitored level of community understanding on advocacy, human rights and governance of land resources.
  • Strengthened village land councils, ward tribunals, village governments and district council on conflict resolution over land resources.
  • Supported well-functioning mechanism to resolve land resource disputes.
  • Conducted monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Objective 3:
Favourable policies and legal frameworks on natural resources exist and are effectively implemented and enforced.

We performed the following activities:

  • Developed and disseminated simplified/ popular versions of selected NEP, land policy, forestry policy, wildlife policy and the United Republic of Tanzania Constitution.
  • Advocated for equitable benefits sharing of natural resources.
  • Convene stakeholders forums on natural resources governance

Objective 4:

  • CELG’s organizational capacity to implement program mandates effectively strengthened. Under this objective we performed the following activities.
  • Recruited a new program manager and volunteer’s resource with expertise in environmental science, community development, law, research and administration.
  • Conducted professional development trainings for CELG staff and volunteers.
  • These programs include financial management, monitoring and evaluation, project development and management, leadership, board management, to name just few.
  • Engaged various networks to promote matters of common concern including human rights education, legal aid provision, natural resources management and policy reforms. Some of networks are East Africa Human Rights Program and Tanzania Legal Aid Providers.
  • Improved internal processes and communication with external stakeholders.
  • The organisation has reviewed and documented processes, policies and procedures relevant to procurement, finance, personnel and project management. It has also updated and maintains its website, and purchase information systems equipment to support operations.
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Contact Details

Plot No. 527 A, Kajenge Str.,
Kijitonyama Ward,
P. O. Box 55919,
Kinondoni Municipality,
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy

In light of the severity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania, CELG maintains an HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy to guide worksite interventions for its staff. This policy contains general principles regarding prevention, treatment, support and care. It complements the existing policies, regulations, or laws of the organization.

In order to improve the internal management workforce’s healthcare, the policy is also in line with the Tanzania HIV/AIDS policy. CELG’s HIV/AIDS policy does not, however, vest any legal rights or benefits for staff or any person against the organization in relation to HIV/AIDS incidences.

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Internship Programme

CELG pursues the supreme objective of promoting a well governed society whose rights are respected and protected, and to achieve this goal it places emphasis on capacity enhancement, rights advocacy and policy engagement through working in partnership with communities.

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Legal Aid

The National Environment Policy in Tanzania encourages development that is sustainable, and that respects present and future needs for a healthy environment. Protection of the environment and rights requires a justice system that reacts to illegal violations.

In Tanzania, laws and policies do exist to ensure rights to a healthy environment, and access to courts to protect these rights. Enforcement, however, is lacking. And those most vulnerable are often left without the awareness and resources necessary for justice.

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MS TCDC Host 2013 East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP)

MS TCDC became the host of 2013 East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP) from 10th to 23rd March 2013. This is a outside MS TCDC programmes but this training program is designed and implemented by East African alumni of Equitas’ annual International Human Rights Training Program and alumni of East Africa Human Rights Program.

The program is conducted by East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and working in partnership with Equitas Canada and Center for Environmental Law and Governance (CELG)-Tanzania. The EAHRP is an annual regional training program targeting participants from East Africa countries. Now in its 3rd year being conducted her at MS TCDC, this annual two-week training session brings together over thirty (30) participants from the East African human rights community.

MS TCDC is the host of 2013 East Africa Human Rights Training Program (EAHRP) under East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project

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