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  • Amount Funded

    174,945 EURO

    Project Duration

    01 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2018
  • Lead organisation

  • Organisation

    Tanzania Bora Initiative is a collaborative effort of Tanzanian individuals who share common objectives of development in social, political and economic aspects. The initiative is inspired and driven by the zeal of seeing an engaged, accountable, and responsible society, where every wpman and man has responsibility and a role to play in bringing about sustainable development, as well as emphasizing accountability by leaders at all levels. The term “Bora” is a Swahili word for “Better” Hence, it is from this premise that the Initiative envisages to contribute towards building a peaceful and democratic society embracing and upholding the principles of democracy, accountability, transparency, human rights, participation and equality of all people in all forms.

    Tanzania Bora Initiative strives to see a better Tanzania with better Governance and Leadership, better and meaningful Civic participation, better Social Services, better economy and better wellbeing of the Citizens.

    TBI’s main thematic areas are on influencing Good Governance, encourage girls and young women to use ICT and innovation for community development, work with local young artists and influence positive culture via Arts and grow young professional Journalists via the Media platforms and programme we continue to produce both on TV, Radio and Online.

    • Organisation

      Tanzania Bora Initiative is a collaborative effort of Tanzanian individuals who share common objectives of development in social, political and economic aspects. The initiative is inspired and driven by the zeal of seeing an engaged, accountable, and responsible society, where every wpman and man has responsibility and a role to play in bringing about sustainable development, as well as emphasizing accountability by leaders at all levels. The term “Bora” is a Swahili word for “Better” Hence, it is from this premise that the Initiative envisages to contribute towards building a peaceful and democratic society embracing and upholding the principles of democracy, accountability, transparency, human rights, participation and equality of all people in all forms.

      Tanzania Bora Initiative strives to see a better Tanzania with better Governance and Leadership, better and meaningful Civic participation, better Social Services, better economy and better wellbeing of the Citizens.

      TBI’s main thematic areas are on influencing Good Governance, encourage girls and young women to use ICT and innovation for community development, work with local young artists and influence positive culture via Arts and grow young professional Journalists via the Media platforms and programme we continue to produce both on TV, Radio and Online.

    • Project

      Tanzania Bora Initiative implements a fourteen-month Serikali Yangu project (meaning My Government in Swahili).

      Serikali Yangu is a citizen-centric programme that aims to empower young Tanzanians in Handeni and Mikumi constituencies to tackle unemployment through entrepreneurship and business capacity-building. The project helps trained youth to join established Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOS) managed by Local Government Authorities, through which the Youth Development Fund (YDF) is channeled as per directives of the Prime Minister#s Office and YDF guidelines. Working with the Youth Development Officers in Mikumi and Handeni (these are in charge of the YDF, and have in-depth awareness of how it works and facilitate access) helps trained youth join the SACCOs and have access to capital to start small businesses.

      The project also facilitates interaction among and between the trained youth and the Youth Development Officers. The interaction takes place through invitations in the training sessions, dialogues and through the Serikali Yangu mobile platform that is conducted in the form of SMS every month.

  • Project

    Tanzania Bora Initiative implements a fourteen-month Serikali Yangu project (meaning My Government in Swahili).

    Serikali Yangu is a citizen-centric programme that aims to empower young Tanzanians in Handeni and Mikumi constituencies to tackle unemployment through entrepreneurship and business capacity-building. The project helps trained youth to join established Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOS) managed by Local Government Authorities, through which the Youth Development Fund (YDF) is channeled as per directives of the Prime Minister#s Office and YDF guidelines. Working with the Youth Development Officers in Mikumi and Handeni (these are in charge of the YDF, and have in-depth awareness of how it works and facilitate access) helps trained youth join the SACCOs and have access to capital to start small businesses.

    The project also facilitates interaction among and between the trained youth and the Youth Development Officers. The interaction takes place through invitations in the training sessions, dialogues and through the Serikali Yangu mobile platform that is conducted in the form of SMS every month.

  • Results

    Community members from Mikumi and Handeni, especially the youth and women, got the opportunity to have an online space, where they can interact and with their leaders. Through the serikali yangu mobile app and serikali yangu website platform developed, the community members are now able to provide their opinions on governance and development processes to their leaders.

    Local government leaders, Members of Parliament, youth networks and media, were also exposed to the interventions. This led to their improved engagement in receiving opinions and following up on governance issues. It also led to more sharing of livelihood opportunities for the youth through the youth development fund and positively influencing their civic engagement.

    The communities in Handeni and Mikumi have formed and joined small entrepreneurship groups, with some still in the registration process. They have been linked to the Community Development Officers (CDOs) of their respective Districts (in Handeni and Mikumi). These groups are now applying for loans that are available to youth and women in their District Councils Funds.

    Youth and women trained during the entrepreneurship training in Mikumi sum up to 51 including 22 men and 29 women. Participants trained in Handeni Vijijini sum up to 51 including 18 men and 33 women. They organized themselves into art performance groups that create awareness to fellow youth and women. There were two (2) groups formed; an acting performing group and a choir performing group. These groups were confident enough to perform during the grass-root dialogue event where the District Executive Director (DED) was present.

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