Second round of training for newly elected ward tribunal members in Serengeti District completed

Feb 5th, 2016
One of the Ward Tribunal members elaborating an argument during a training session

In Serengeti District household income is mainly obtained from the utilization of the natural resources that people have access to: land, water, forests, forage, minerals, etc. As population is increasing steadily, frictions and conflicts concerning the use of these natural resources are on the rise. At the same time, there is little capacity at community level to streamline the management of these resources.

GIZ in cooperation with the Serengeti District Council therefore embarked on providing trainings to newly elected ward tribunal members. Ward Tribunal members are elected amongst and by the ward citizenry. They are ordinary citizens without previous education or experience in legal matters. Between November 2015 and January 2016 a training was offered to 289 members of the 30 Ward Tribunals in Serengeti District. With regard to the total potential number of 334 participants, 87 % were successfully reached through the training measure. Partly based on the training manuals developed under former GIZ SULGO programme, subjects introduced included information on laws related to the institution of ward tribunals, conducting ward tribunal sessions and the advisory authority of ward tribunals with regard to land disputes, criminal offences and matrimonial cases.

Thus equipped, the new ward tribunal members are more competent to find local solutions for local problems.