Internal Controls Coaching

SULGO has developed an on-the-job coaching programme for council staff. It covers several areas key to the functioning of the internal control systems, namely internal audit, accounting and administrative controls, risk management, and audit committees. Curricula and materials for the individual coaching sessions are available. These are now applied on a pilot basis, involving teams from Regional Secretariats (RSs) and the Office of the Internal Auditor General (IAG) who are designated to assist LGAs with the improvement of their internal control systems. Although the coaching programme is still at an early stage, results are visible. Some LGAs have already introduced risk management systems that conform to the new national standards issued in 2013.

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Access to Information

This product is meant to help Local Government Authorities (LGAs) fulfil their legal obligations regarding the publication of information, improve LGAs’ relationships with the citizens and develop best practices that can be promoted to other LGAs in Tanzania. SULGO analysed LGAs’ legal duties to publicise information and managed to make existing formats for announcements more user-friendly. Existing processes for the dissemination of governance related information were reviewed and new standards developed, thus strengthening LGA responsiveness and accountability concerning development projects at the village level.

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Councilor Handbook

The Councilor Handbook describes Councilors’ duties and responsibilities, providing detailed information regarding the legal framework, content and scope of their mandates. In 12 chapters, it lays out the system, structure and legal basis of local governments in Tanzania mainland, national development strategies, and the role of transparency and accountability in strengthening the delivery of quality public services. The Councilor Handbook has already been used in Councilor coaching sessions across the nation and has proved to be particularly helpful for the ones elected as Councilors for the first time.

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