About Us

Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO)] was established in November 1988 by 22 founder-member organisations. To-date the association has grown in numbers to more than 600 member organisations countrywide. The organisations that subscribe to TANGO membership include about 28 district and regional NGO networks. TANGO was formally registered in January 1989 as an association under the Societies Ordinance of 1963. It has since been re-registered by compliance to the NGO Act No. 24 of 2002 that recognises it as a network of NGOs. Under the new legislation, TANGO has a registration certificate number 1907 issued in June, 2006.

TANGO’s founder member NGOs in 1988 were:

  1. The Family Planning Association (UMATI)
  2. Wanawake Wakatoliki Tanzania (WAWATA)
  3. Women Research and Documentation Project (WRDP)
  4. Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA)
  5. Tanzania Home Economics Association (TAHEA)
  6. Tanzania Girl Guides Association (TGGA)
  7. Christian Professionals of Tanzania (CPT)
  8. Sauti ya Siti
  9. Tanzania Red Cross Association
  10. Institute of Development Studies-Women Study Group. (IDS WSG)
  11. Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF)
  12. Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA)
  13. Chama cha Elimu ya Watu Wazima (CHEWATA)
  14. Umoja wa Vijana Wakatoliki (VIWAWA)
  15. Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange Consultancy (KWIECO)
  16. Nyumba ya Sanaa
  17. Young Women Christian Association (YWCA)
  18. Presidential Trust Fund for Self Reliance
  19. Agakhan Women Association
  20. Tanzania Women Development Foundation
  21. Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)
  22. Elimu ya Malezi ya Vijana (EMAU

TANGO was established mainly to act as a unifying organ for non governmental organisations in Tanzania. This was borne out of government’s invitation to NGOs at the time to join them under the United Nations umbrella in the preparations for the Women Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985.  After successfully working together throughout the preparations and the actual conference, the 22 NGOs realised the importance of working together and having a common voice.

TANGO’s secretariat is located in Dar es Salaam, where the day-to-day planning, monitoring, evaluation, control, financial management and public relations for the organisation are done. The organization has memorandums of understanding with regional and district NGO networks.