In the coming year, more than 500 young leaders will work across 15 regions in the country, supported by 65 Restless Development staff in Dar es-Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, and Ruvuma. Restless Development aims to work with young people’s priorities, equipping them to find solutions on matters that affect them. In Tanzania, this means specifically focusing on youth Voice, Living and Sexual Rights across 10 programmes.
This is a ‘gateway’ programming area and priority for young Tanzanians. Through projects such as Mabinti Tushike Hatamu (Girls, Let’s Be Leaders), Kizazi Kipya (New Generation), the East African Youth Inclusion programme, and work with the Mastercard Foundation, young people receive training and mentorship to build employability and entrepreneurship skills, business planning skills and financial literacy - particularly focusing on reaching otherwise excluded young women and girls.
Our Mabinti Tushike Hatamu programme integrates gender-focused livelihoods work with Sexaul Reproductive Health actions; while the programme - delivered nationally in partnership with Population Services International - aims to increase young people’s access to family planning services, Gender Based Violence (GBV) referrals and to work with health facilities to strengthen youth-friendly service provision.
Our Kizazi Kipya project seeks to enable more Tanzanian orphans and vulnerable children to utilize age-appropriate HIV/AIDS-related services for improved care, education, protection, livelihoods and psychosocial well-being.
Restless Development Tanzania has been building on the recent successes in their campaigning and advocacy initiatives, most recently in ensuring youth voice influenced the Constitution Review in 2015 as well as in supporting young people to register to vote in the 2016 national election process.
Kijana Wajibika (Youth be Responsible) is a ground-breaking initiative, which builds a movement of young people who are well informed on civic rights and actively engaged in political processes. The initiative uses our proven and successful youth-led, data-driven accountability model, which places young people at the centre of development and governance processes and provides a platform to empower youth in Tanzania to hold government to account.