DIGNITY Kwanza - Community Solutions (DIGNITY Kwanza) is a non-profit organization registered in Tanzania under the NGOs Act of 2002 as amended in 2005, with Registration No. 00NGO/00009763. DIGNITY Kwanza was established in 2018 to contribute to efforts to find solutions to challenges facing marginalized and vulnerable population in Tanzania through promoting Human Dignity and Inclusive Development.
We envision a Tanzania where every person lives with dignity and is assured of the opportunity to achieve self-fulfillment and contribute to nation-building. Fortunately, the phrase electronic pre-press systems and, when found, an alarm can be raised.
Our mission is to safeguard and promote human dignity of marginalized and vulnerable populations for the attainment of social and economic development.
At DIGNITY Kwanza, we strongly believe that once people’s dignity is safeguarded, everything else will fall into place; hence the name “DIGNITY Kwanza”.
Legal Status is generally understood as a status recognized by law. In our context, legal status refers to the state of permitting an individual to stay in the country and enjoy a bundle of rights and obligations. One can stay as a citizen, a refugee, or a resident. The law provides procedures for one to acquire such status. Refugee status, for example, is regulated by the Refugee Act, 1998, while citizenship is regulated by the Citizenship Act, 2005, and the Immigration Act; Cap 54 provides for a range of residence permits that one can apply to be able to stay in Tanzania.
Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is built on the principle of “leaving no one behind.” Yet, refugees, migrants, and stateless communities are often left behind despite being among the most vulnerable group and are all the more exposed to the risks that many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2063, and Vision 2025 seek to address.
To achieve the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there are endless efforts by the government and other development and humanitarian actors, but more needs to be done to achieve the desired and significant level of inclusion and participation. Guided by its conviction that human dignity and development are two sides of the same coin and when everyone in the community can live with dignity, social and economic growth of every member of that community and that of the whole nation is guaranteed, DIGNITY Kwanza seeks to contribute to the existing efforts.
Development of any society depends on the ability of that society to maintain conditions that allow men and women to enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors, including economic participation and decision-making; and conditions where different behaviors, aspirations, and needs of women and men are equally valued and favored. Despite the efforts of the government and its partners to create conditions for gender equality, traditions and cultural practices have continued to make gender inequality flourish resulting in women and girls often being excluded from opportunities to reach their full potential; hence limiting their ability to fully take part in the development of the country. DIGNITY Kwanza seeks to contribute to efforts to promote gender equality among its target groups.
Human dignity and development are two sides of the same coin. When everyone in the community is able to live with dignity, social and economic development of every member of that community is guaranteed.
Unfortunately, it has been a tendency, especially in the developing world, to treat the two conceptsas mutually exclusive. On the one hand, development plans and projects are often designed or implemented in a manner that hardly promotes and affirms the human dignity of many. On the other hand, human rights, whose foundation is human dignity, are regrettably regarded as obstacles instead of an essential element of development. Consequently, segments of the population become and remain marginalized and vulnerable to rights violations and extreme poverty. Such people face challenges in accessing social services and opportunities to attain self-fulfillment and contribute to nation-building.