A world where young people can drive sustainable economies, where business and governments invest in and learn from young people’s enterprise, and where young people achieve a decent, sustainable living.

Whilst Tanzania has experienced impressive GDP growth of between 6-7% since 2000, this has not translated into a reduction in income poverty for its citizens. For example, while unemployment is reported low at 11%. The employed majority (80%), work in agriculture - mainly on smallholder farms using at-times outdated techniques, relying on family labour, and with limited market access. Further, a study conducted by Restless Development (2012) highlighted significant regional variations against the National Bureau of Statistics data, finding 53% of young people aged 15-29 unemployed.

In spite of the rising levels of education in Tanzania young people today find it increasingly difficult to access decent work and employment. A study conducted by Restless Development with companies in Tanzania identified high turnover and the lack of relevant technical and soft skills as the main barriers to hiring qualified young people. A further concern for young people’s living is whether the job market can create adequate opportunities for a more qualified work force. A study by the World Bank showed that each year 800,000 young people enter the job market with only 40,000 able to obtain formal employment. As such, it is essential that the country invests in sustainable and productive self-employment for its youthful population.


Kijana Tung’are Kazini – Young People Let’s Shine at Work
To address the skills gap among young people entering the job market, in 2013, we launched Kijana, Tung’are Kazini, building on Restless Development’s niche in growing young leaders. Through our unique peer to peer model the programme provides structured education, training, advice, and linking opportunities to young Tanzanian secondary school leavers and students at Higher Institutes of Learning. The project is implemented in Iringa, Mbeya, Dar es Salaam, Lindi and Dodoma. This project is made possible with support from DFID and SIDA.

Employment Tanzania

Kijana Ibuka – Youth Rise Up
Kijana Ibuka is a ground-breaking initiative which provides on-the-ground solutions to support young people to understand, start up and grow successful youth-led micro-enterprises. We achieve this through the formation of entrepreneurship groups, the provision of business development skills for income generation and linkages to business development services such as technical training and mentors, business mentors, grants and loans. The project is currently implemented in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Iringa, Mbeya and Ruvuma. This project is made possible with support from SIDA, DFID and Barclays Tanzania.

East Africa Youth Inclusion Project (EAYIP)
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) is a 5 year project, funded by the MasterCard Foundation to equip 25,000 youth aged 15-24 with the skills to start and run agriculture-related businesses in Tanzania and Uganda. EAYIP is groundbreaking program that specifically targets youth in agriculture at scale. The program aims to create youth owned and managed businesses accompanied by employment opportunities around dairy hubs and other agricultural value chains. In Tanzania this project is implemented in partnership with Heifer, MIICO, Restless Development, and Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF). Restless Development is responsible for the mobilization of youth in Iringa and Njombe, skills development using our unique peer to peer approach and linkages to financing opportunities.

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