Our Work

Our Work

Historically, African Initiatives has worked with partner organisations in Ghana and Tanzania. The charity’s first project supported a rabbit breeding programme in Tamale, Ghana – the Salamba Women’s Rabbitry was a success! Learn more about the early days of African Initiatives.

However, in order to achieve the greatest impact and best value for money, we made the decision in 2017 to expand our programme work and organisational capacity in Tanzania, and to phase-out our work in Ghana, which is now considered a middle-income country.

Following this recent transition, we have developed and strengthened our partnerships with local Tanzanian NGOs; initiating projects with new partners in 2017 and 2018, including Child Reach and Tusonge Community Development Organisation. Click here to learn more about our eight partners.

Project Landscape: Tanzania

Located in East Africa, Tanzania borders eight countries including Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia. Tanzania is a low-income country; according to latest Human Development Index 2018 (HDI), it is ranked 154/189. Life expectancy is currently at 66 years and expected years of schooling is 9 years, this is low compared with the United Kingdom which is ranked 14/189, with a life expectancy of 82 years and expected years of schooling of 17 years.

African Initiatives works to address significant socio-cultural, economic and health issues in Tanzania, predominantly:

Struggling education system

Tanzania’s population grew by 10 million in the past decade and, since the 2015 government announcement of ‘fee-free education’, Tanzania’s primary school population has doubled to around 8 million pupils, creating an infrastructure crisis. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities are limited and teachers face challenging work environments, with poor resources and a lack of support. This means that children are not acquiring basic skills of literacy and numeracy.

Gender inequality

Tanzania’s gender inequality index is at 199/146. Gender inequality routinely denies women and girls the right to education, land, livelihood resources and decision-making power. For instance, girls in Tanzania are susceptible to sexual and reproductive health issues which have a detrimental impact on their future, this includes early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. 8,000 girls in Ngorongoro District drop out each year due to pregnancy.

High prevalence of HIV and AIDS

In 2017, 6,000 children (0-15 years) died of AIDS-related illnesses and over 65,000 new infections were recorded. What’s more, women are three times more likely to contract HIV than men. Gender inequalities, gender-based violence, as well as poor access to information, counselling and treatment for marginalised and at-risk groups such as women with disabilities and female sex workers continues to hamper the HIV response in Tanzania.

Dispossession of pastoralist land

Pastoralist communities such as the Maasai and the Hadzabe continue to be forced off their lands to make way for other land uses, including national parks, mining and the construction of military The rise in the private commercialisation of land for luxurious international tourism businesses, often under the guise of conservation, poses a significant threat to the economic, cultural and social survival of the lives of those it claims to support.

Marginalisation of people with a disability

In Tanzania it is estimated that 5-8% of the population have some form of disability. Despite progress in the enactment of legislation and policies related to disability, people living with a disability (PWD) face a mountain of attitudinal, physical and institutional barriers. Significantly, PWD are poorly represented in decision-making bodies and processes, this results in limiting or completely excluding them from accessing education, health services, legal systems, employment and land ownership.