Our Partners

Our Partners

We follow a partnership model; we work via grassroots civil society organisations, and have done so since we began in 1997. We believe collaboration has the potential to lead to greater project impact and sustainability.

Our eight programme partners are deeply embedded in the communities in which we work. They understand the local context, speak the local indigenous language, can engage and influence communities and government institutions and are, therefore, best placed to implement projects in a culturally sensitive and sustainable way. Through our Bristol (UK) and Arusha (Tanzania) offices, we support our partners through funding, financial training and technical support. We are committed to developing the organisational capacity of our partners, especially in terms of project design, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.

We have long-standing partners with whom we have collaborated since the beginning

Since 1997, we have successfully worked with the Pastoral Women’s Council to reduce the cultural practice of female genital mutilation and child marriage, and to improve girls’ access to secondary education. We have also worked with the Ujamaa Community Resource Team since inception to progress land use planning – together, we have secured title to 6,914 square kilometres of land for more than 27,000 pastoralists. In addition, we’ve partnered with Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy since 2000.

In more recent years, we have also formed new partnerships with local organisations that can bring expertise (and skills), particularly in relation to child protection, disability and climate change. Tanzania Women Research Foundation and Tusonge Community Development Organisation are two such partners.

All of our partners are based in northern Tanzania and work mainly with rural, pastoralist communities. This tight focus, in terms of geographical location and demographic population, means we can bring partners together to collaborate on projects. Our Equal Rights to Quality Education project (2014-2019), for example, is being implemented by three of our partners: Pastoral Women’s Council, Community Aid and Small Enterprises Consultancy and Community Research and Development Services.

Our current Tanzanian partners

Established in 1994, CASEC is a non-profit organisation that promotes human and social development as the foundation for tackling poverty and injustice. Based in Arusha, Community Aid and Small Enterprise Consultancy provide training, research and consultancy services for local government, community leaders and NGO’s. CASEC also implement projects and provide advocacy activities. Their main focus areas are: girls’ education and urban youth work.

CORDS is a voluntary organisation working in northern Tanzania established in 1997. Currently, CORDS works in the districts of Kiteto, Simanjiro in Manyara region and Monduli, Longido and Arumeru in the Arusha region. CORDS works together with local communities to assess their needs and approach issues in a collaborative way. Their main focus areas are: land demarcation and certification; land use planning; livestock development and women’s rights.

UCRT have an in-depth understanding of the communities they work with because they grew up in them. They have been working with pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and hunter-gatherer communities to address land rights and livelihoods issues across northern Tanzania for more than a decade. Their mission is “to promote and enhance community capacity to improve their livelihoods and sustainably manage their natural resources.”

PWC is a female-led organisation, operating in northern Tanzania that encourages women to openly discuss the positive and negative aspects of their culture. They implement long-term structural solutions to the poverty and marginalisation of Maasai women and children. PWC work to address lack of education for Maasai girls, lack of financial independence and property ownership rights for women as well as lack of participation in political decisions. Read about one of PWC’s memorable beneficiaries here.

TAWREF  is a grassroots organisation based in Moshi, promoting better livelihoods through evidence-based innovative projects. Formed in 2010 by a group of experienced researchers and community interventionists.  TAWREF works to raise the quality of life for Tanzania’s marginalised communities by developing specific, measurable strategies that address poverty, health, and social impediments.

Established in 2008 and based in Arusha, Joshua Foundation is comprised of a school and training college. Set up in response to the need for a school that models affordable, quality Christian education the school provides holistic education to underprivileged Tanzanian children. The values based curriculum gives students the tools for life, not just knowledge. We work specifically with the Joshua Teachers Training College where teachers are trained by volunteer expatriate teachers and selected students get the opportunity to be trained as apprentice teachers under close supervision.

Childreach Tanzania is a locally registered charity based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro that aims to unlock the potential of some of the most marginalised children in Tanzania, allowing thousands of children every year to transform their lives. The charity operates at community level, working in partnership with government primary schools and local communities to help improve children’s access to healthcare, education, child rights and protection.

TusongeTusonge Community Development Organisation

Tusonge is a Tanzanian NGO which works with marginalised groups in grassroots communities in Kilimanjaro region. Its mission is to enable disadvantaged women, men, youth and people with disabilities (PWDs) “to create prosperity, health, freedom and contribute to a vibrant and sustainable economy”. Tusonge focuses on three key areas: women’s economic empowerment, human rights education and child protection. Tusonge believes that there is ability in disability and facilitation and leadership support is needed to enable PWD to transform from a condition of poverty to a dignified standard of living.