This week Restless Development in Tanzania launched their second annual ‘state of the youth’ report for 2012/13 entitled ‘Youth in Tanzania Today’.
The team at Restless Development Tanzania is excited to deliver to you the second annual report which builds on demand from national stakeholders to continue the annual study, widen the reach of the study, as a tool to support planning and shaping policy in Tanzania.
The report sets out our findings from a youth led survey of over 1000 young people from every zone of the mainland, with data being collected through focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and individual surveys.
The publication aims to help others gain an understanding of the state of the youth in Tanzania to stimulate and facilitate better planning and programming with and for young people. This report brings the youth perspectives to the table.
The report was soft launched one month ago at a Policy Forum Breakfast Debate in Dar Es Salaam in which the public, and stakeholders from government, development partners, and civil society debated whether the question ‘is enough being done to prepare young people to lead development beyond 2015’. The event attracted a large turnout with representatives from the Ministry of Information Youth, Culture and Sports; Swedish, Canadian and Swiss Embassies; key accountability partners including Oxfam and Legal Human Rights Centre; and print and television media.
Nicas Ngumba from Restless Development presents the 'Youth Today in Tanzania' Report at the Policy Forum.
A key partner in the delivery of the survey and report, the Head of Cooperation for Sweden in Tanzania, Maria Van Berlekom, stated:
”Young people are the future and the most important asset for any country. In a country like Tanzania, with its large youth population, it is critical that youth have the opportunity to express their concerns, needs and suggestions on all issues that affect and shape their future.”
Information in the report was collected and is portrayed under three youth lenses:
> livelihoods and employment
> sexual reproductive health and rights
> policy and civic involvement
Similar to last year’s study, we maintained our youth-led approach where young people were responsible for designing, implementing, and analysing the study and its data. The most significant change from last year is in the surveys size and scope. This year, our research included a two-fold increase in the number of regions (from the original four to seven) and twice the number of participants and researchers, with 1037 young people taking part overall. The target group was a mix of young people in and out of school in urban and rural settings aged 15-29, with a strong focus on engaging with minority populations and young women and girls.
Dilhani Wijeyesekera, Director of Restless Development Tanzania, commented:
"We began this study because despite the size of the youth population in Tanzania, there was little credible data and learning that gave a picture of young people's lives, interests and issues in Tanzania. Worse still data tracking progress on national and global development targets linked to youth was difficult to find. This report brings together the voices and opinions of over 1000 young people in and out of school in the country, and key national data on young people. It was designed and researched by a team of young researchers. It is a youth lens on development in Tanzania, and provides critical evidence to support governments, donors, researchers, civil society and young people to better understand young people when planning their work"