Tanzania—Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2017-2022

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Tanzania

Solutions: Economic Growth Education

In the past decade, Tanzania experienced significant improvements—both economically and socially. The country’s gross domestic product has seen above-average growth, mortality for children under age 5 has dropped substantially, more households have electricity, and more young people have completed primary school. However, economic growth has benefited cities more than rural areas, leading to increased rural to urban migration by youth who see farming as a dead-end occupation. With approximately 800,000 young people entering the workforce each year, providing youth with vocational skills and connecting them to employment opportunities has become an increasingly important and urgent need.

To help empower young people in Tanzania, the Advancing Youth Activity, funded by Feed the Future and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), helps young people ages 15 to 29 to enhance their employability, business savvy, leadership skills, and participation in civic life. The program encourages young people to use health data and services to make better personal choices. The Feed the Future Tanzania Advancing Youth activity collaborates with young people in program design and implementation and builds public-private partnerships to bolster job opportunities for them.

To date, the project has reached 28,700 youth, created 2,840 jobs, helped youth to start or improve 4,062 businesses, and created sales worth almost half a million dollars.

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Sample Activities

  • Identify potential employment market gaps that youth could fill and partner with local organizations to develop curricula and deliver vocational training to match skills needed by employers.
  • Utilize a grants program to support businesses in implementing new on-the-job training opportunities, internships, and placements for youth.
  • Foster leadership among youth by adapting the successful Champions for Change experiential leadership development methodology created by USAID’s Africa Lead project.
  • Collaborate with the government of Tanzania to implement healthy life skills curricula in schools and roll out community-based healthy life skills services through preexisting networks.

Select Results

  • Supported 28,700 young people—64 percent of whom are women and 55 percent of whom are under the age of 25.
  • Established or improved 3,777 microbusinesses.
  • Helped 1.226 young people to become more active in decision-making bodies.
  • Created 2,840 formal and informal jobs.
  • Created 149 young savings and lending groups that, collectively have saved about $365,200.
  • Supported a youth group from Iringa, which won a prize for empowering women entrepreneurs at an exhibition convened by the Minister of State in the President’s Office of Regional Administration and Local Government. The group’s 20 members, who received business skills management and food processing training from the project, process milk into yogurt which they sell to earn an income.
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