DODOMA EVIRONMENTAL NETWORK
PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN TANZANIA

DONET is an acronym of Dodoma Environmental Network. This is the voluntary membership based non-governmental organization formed by individual members, umbrella environmental networks and interest organizations. The History of the Dodoma Environmental Network (DONET) goes back to 1994 when a group of people with keen interest on environmental conservation decided to establish DONET. The organization becomes registered in 1995 under the Ministry of Home Affairs as a voluntary, non-profit membership based organization with registration number SO. 8304 and in 2006 the organization complied with the new NGOs Act of 2002 with certificate of registration No.1609.

DONET's aim is to sensitize, educate and liaise with individual people, organizations, institutions community groups, government institutions and non governmental organizations in the conservation of the environment and in ensuring sustainable management of natural resources of Tanzania in general through coordinated community plans of environmental management and conservation.

DONET works on environmental and development issues that cut across different sectors. The interested issues of work intervened into the Strategic plan including Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration, Kilimo Kwanza and the Environment, Environmental Conservation and Education, Environmental Friendly IGA’s and Technology and Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration. Therefore the areas of work include:

  • Conservation agriculture
  • Access to renewable energy technologies
  • Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Improved Practices and Technologies on Environmental Conservation
  • Food Security and
  • Access to Clean Water

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OUR VISION AND MISSION

Vision Statement
DONET envisions becoming one of the leading organizations contributing to quality and sustainable management of the environment for the well – being of the people.

Mission Statement
To contribute towards sustainable environmental management by supporting community based initiatives towards poverty reduction through equitable land access, efficient utilization and resource rights.

Join us in the sustainable management of the environment!

ORGANISATION AND COLLABORATION

DONET as a member based non governmental organization is formed by individual members, CBOs, NGOs and Institutions; such members includes Dodoma Capital Environmental Network (DOCENET), Bahi Environmental Network (BAENET), Mtandao wa Mazingira Kondoa (MTAMAKO), Kiboriani Environmental Network (KENET), Mtandao wa Mazingira Chamwino (MMC), Jiendelze Trust, Green Belt Foundation, Itiso Women Group, MIGESADO, SunSeed Trust and many others.

The organization is administered by the Board of Directors composed of ten members, among them 4 women. Under the Board of Directors is the Secretariat being headed by the DONET Executive Director with a number of staff members including the Programme Officer, Programme Accountant, Program officer Monitoring, Evaluation and Documentation. Next to support staffs such as drivers and a secretary there are also volunteers.

At the District level, DONET has a representative who works closely with its members and thus facilitates the implementation of DONET planned activities. DONET has its Board of Directors being elected democratically by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) whose members come from its members. These have the role of linking DONET members from the community to the district level up to the Secretariat and Board of Directors in the day to day undertakings and developmental interventions. DONET has 300 members in various categories.

Collaborations and Partnerships
DONET is a member of various National and International networks or coalitions, such as Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO). The Journalist Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET), Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP), The Wild Life Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST), NGOs Network for Dodoma (NGONEDO), Tanzaznia Natural Resources Forum (TNRF), Tanzania Forest Conservation Group(TFCG), ASP(T) Netwotk, Tanzania Traditional energy and development organization (TaTEDO), MIGEASDO, CMSR, Jiendeleze Trust, Sun Seed Trust etc. At international level DONET is a member of Eastern Africa Environmental Network, the Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) and Uganda Women Network via Dimitra Project. At National and local level DONET collaborates with Training and Research Institution, Africa Stockpiles Tanzania Network and the Central and local government authorities and the private Sector.

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Some of DONET's staff members

Josiah -Mshuda - Coordinator

The Executive Director of DONET, Mr Josiah Mshuda

DEFINING PRIORITIES

DONET is a multidisciplinary organization with members of different background and professionals with a wide experience in fields which include Planning, project & environmental management, training & research, finance and administration in holistic way brings value in accomplishing the vision and mission of DONET as far as environmental matters are concerned.

The implementation of DONET programs is guided by its Constitution, strategic plan and national policies and International strategies. Some of these policies and strategies include Tanzania Development Vision 2025, National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, The National Environmental Policy (1997), The National Land Policy (1995) and the Village Land Act no. 4 and 5 (1999), The National Forest and the Beekeeping Policy (199 8)

DONET defines the national priorities, Governance and legal structures and providing operational guidelines at local level. At global context DONET also operates within a broad range of International Policies and conventions regarding environment programmes relevant to Tanzania some of which include The 8 Millennium Development Goals 2015, Declaration of human rights agreement UN (1948).

PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION

Since its establishment DONET has been able to complete the implementation of the following projects in collaborating with community members and other stakeholders:

  1. Formation and Capacity Strengthening of Community Environmental Networks in District and Wards level under the sponsorship of The Foundation for Civil Society.
  2. Land and Resource Rights (LRR) founded by Norwegian Peoples Aids (NPA).
  3. The Rolling Continuation Control (RCC) founded by the Population Services International (PSI).
  4. Community Empowerment to Monitor and Develop Plans funded by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDEF).
  5. Empowering Communities to Participate in Management of Kiboriani Forest Reserve by the World Wide Fund for Nature- Tanzania (WWF) in Mpwapwa district.
  6. Enhancing Good Governance in Village Land and Administration Structures in Dodoma funded by the President’s Office, Facility for Ethics, Accountability and Transparency (FEAT) in 2010.
  7. Strengthening the Capacity of Livestock Communities in Kondoa District funded by Care International Tanzania.
  8. Empowering Vulnerable rural Communities to Adapt and Mitigate the Impact of climate Change in Central Tanzania Funded by European Union.
SCOPE OF WORK

The DONET’s field of focus is on environmental management and thus it aspires to become a leading network on environmental conservation in Dodoma and Tanzania in general. Since its establishment in 1995, DONET has focused its interventions on sensitizing, creating awareness and developing the capacities of communities on environment, land management and resource utilization challenges. Details of the new intervention are found within the organization’s strategic plan for the period 2012 – 2015.

The strategic issues for the 2012-2015 plan briefly include:

  1. Strategic public engagement and knowledge management with the objective of stimulating public engagement and knowledge management for enhanced awareness of people on access to and sustainable use of natural resources in Dodoma region and some areas neighboring the region.
  2. Strategic policy analysis and advocacy for community engagement. Its strategic objective is to strategically advocate for enhanced participation of local communities, CSOs private sector organizations and local leaders to influence changes in policies and practices for improved livelihood and sustainable environmental management.
  3. Access to and sustainable use of natural resources. Strategic objective 3 is to facilitate increased awareness on the rights of marginalized group and enable them to access, own and utilize natural resources to improve theirs livelihood.
  4. DONET’s internal capacity building and strengthening the membership base for sustainability. Strategic objective 4 is to strengthen the internal capacity of DONET and its membership to organize themselves as a constituency with common vision and interests in environmental management for sustainability.
  5. DONET’s institutional capacity building and management. Strategic objective 5 is to strengthen the institutional capacity of DONET to become a responsive and accountable organization in managing the programme outcomes and delivery of services in a more sustainable and efficient approach.
Rural communities that were reached by DONET have become more aware of the land policy and Act of 1999 and have used this knowledge imparted to them by DONET to demand their rights with regard to land. Examples of such communities are Chunyu and Ng’hambi in Mpwapwa District; Songambele B in Kongwa District; and Isang’ha village in Bahi District.

DONET has managed to organize communities into groups and networks at village, ward and district levels and has built their capacity to defend their rights with regards to land and forest resources.

The institution has continued to thrive and exist since 1995 after its formation even amidst financial difficulties.

Resource centre

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SONGAMBELE MAARIFA CENTRE

Songambele Maarifa Centre is an initiative of Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) and Dodoma Environmental Network (DONET).

Established in August 2012, the centre is located at Songambele B village within the ward executive office, Kongwa district in Dodoma region.

The centre was established with the main goal of responding to community information needs and to catalyze documentation of local knowledge and building community capacities on use of ICTs in development initiatives.

Vist the Songambele Maarifa Centre's web page HERE.

MEMBERSHIP FEES
DONET is a membership based organization. All members pay an entry fee (once) and an annual membership fee. Members are in three categories;

1. Individual members: Entry Fee TZS 2,500/- Annual Fee TZS 5,000/-

2. Schools/ Groups: Entry Fee 5,000/- Annual Fee TZS 8,000/-

3. Institutions/ Organizations: Entry Fee 15,000/- Annual Fee TZS 80,000/-

ORGANISATION

DONET’s Offices are located in Dodoma municipality, the Tanzanian New Capital City. After working in Dodoma region for several years and gained a remarkable experience the organization has decided to expand its operations to cover other regions of Tanzania giving high priority to the neighboring regions of Morogoro, Singida, Iringa and Manyara.

DONET
Near New Dodoma Hotel (see map below)
P.O. Box 1414
Dodoma - Tanzania
Tel/fax: (+255) 026 2324750
Email: donetdodoma@yahoo.com or mshudalj@yahoo.com

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last updated: 18 November 2012