Important Notice of Closure

African Initiatives is announcing plans to close down in April 2021.

From African Initiatives’ beginning in 1997, we have engaged Maasai, Iraqw and other indigenous communities in the challenging social and economic landscape of northern Tanzania. We have always worked with grassroots partners with a deep understanding of indigenous societies and their shifting contexts. We are particularly proud of our many achievements in girls’ education, health and wellbeing, disability rights and poverty reduction.

A combination of changes in the funding environment and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously reduced the income needed to continue. The trustees sought a merger with another charity, but in the current environment this proved impossible to secure.

As a result, African Initiatives has decided to implement a planned closure to complete the majority of projects and hand these over to local partners. This will minimise disruption to projects, partners and, most importantly, the women and girls we work with in Tanzania.

Chief Executive Kim West said: “For more than 20 years, African Initiatives has supported thousands of women and girls in rural areas of Tanzania and helped to make our local partners’ sustainable.

“We are proud of our achievements and legacy, and confident our partners can continue the development programmes we helped to create, supporting education, livelihoods and health”.

We encourage supporters and donors to continue to support some of the world’s most marginalised women and girls by donating directly to our Tanzanian partner organisations. Find out more about our partners here.

If you’d like to know more, do get in touch with our CEO. Email: