Our Partners

Our Partners

African Initiatives followed a partnership model from the very beginning and worked through local civil society organisations to bring about lasting change. If you would like to continue to support marginalised women and girls in the rural north of Tanzania, please get in touch with our former partners direct. They are deeply embedded in the communities in which they work. They understand the local context, speak the local indigenous languages, can engage and influence communities and government institutions and are, therefore, best placed to implement projects in a culturally sensitive and sustainable way.

Since 1997, we 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 also worked with the Ujamaa Community Resource Team since inception to progress land use planning – together, we secured title to 6,914 square kilometres of land for more than 27,000 pastoralists. In addition, we partnered with Community Aid and Social Education Empowerment since 2000.

In more recent years, we 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.

Please follow the links below if you would like to donate directly to African Initiatives’ former partner organisations.

All of our partners are based in northern Tanzania and work mainly with rural, pastoralist communities.

Our current Tanzanian partners

Established in 1994, CASEE 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 Social Education Empowerment provides training, research and consultancy services for local government, community leaders and NGOs. CASEE also implements projects and provides advocacy activities. Its main focus areas are girls’ education and urban youth work.

CASEE is currently redeveloping its website but hopes to have it up and running in the near future. In the meantime, please do visit CASEE’s Facebook page.

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

CORDS is currently re-developing its website and hopes to publish it soon.

UCRT has an in-depth understanding of the communities in which it works because its founders grew up in them. UCRT has 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. Its mission is “to promote and enhance community capacity to improve their livelihoods and sustainably manage their natural resources.”

It is possible to donate directly to UCRT’s work. Please visit the UCRT donate page here

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

It is possible to donate directly to PWC by following the link here. PWC has an online form that you can complete to give donations in US dollars or UK pounds.

TAWREF is a grassroots organisation based in Moshi, promoting better livelihoods through innovative, evidence-based 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.

It is possible to donate directly to TAWREF by following the link here.

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. African Initiatives works specifically with the Joshua Teachers Training College where teachers and selected students get the opportunity to be trained under close supervision.

It is possible to donate directly to Joshua Foundation’s work in Tanzania. The donate page on the Joshua Foundation’s website can be found here.

Unlock a Child’s Potential is a locally registered charity based in Moshi, Kilimanjaro, which 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 the 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. Unlock a Child’s Potential is the new name for Childreach Tanzania.

It is possible to donate directly to Unlock a Child’s Potential in Tanzania. You will find the organisation’s online donate page here. It is possible to give a donation through PayPal or with a credit card.

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. For details of how to donate directly to Tusonge’s work, click here.