What We Do

African Initiatives is a women’s rights charity based in Bristol, supporting sustainable initiatives, identified and implemented by Africans.

Over the last two decades we have developed a specialism in working with Maasai communities in northern Tanzania.


We work through partnerships with grass-roots organisations in Tanzania and Ghana, to give people a voice so they can fight for their rights. We don’t give hand-outs; we educate and encourage people to pass on knowledge and work together to improve their rights. We empower individuals and communities with the ability to lift themselves out of poverty and bring about change. Together with our partners, we strive to find sustainable solutions, through collaboration and respect.

Our Programme Areas

Girls’ Education We help girls go to school – ensuring they have every chance to succeed. We tackle issues like Early Forced Marriage and Gender based violence. We train teachers to be inspirational role models for both girls and boys.

Women’s Rights We promote the financial independence of women and empower them to be respected members of and key decision-makers in their communities.

Health Rights We educate communities on HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health and women’s rights. We help people access and understand their rights to access healthcare.

Sustainable Livelihoods We support rural communities, like the Maasai, to improve their livelihoods, through better access to land, and sustainable farming techniques.

If you’d like to know how African Initiatives started, please read this blog post