Five-Year Strategic Plan (2017 – 2022)

Five-Year Strategic Plan (2017 – 2022)


Founded in 1997, African Initiatives is a Bristol-based international development charity. We collaborate with eight grassroots partner organisations based in three regions of northern Tanzania – Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara. Our primary aim is to empower the most marginalised individuals (women, girls, and people living with HIV/AIDS and/or a disability) to overcome barriers to achieve improved decision-making power in relation to their personal educational learning outcomes, health and well-being, and livelihoods and resilience. Read more about what we do here

Our Strategic Plan (2017-2022) summarises African Initiatives’ ambitions and priorities for the next five years; priorities focus on women and girls, disability-inclusion and partnerships. Our plan is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing important global challenges including gender equality, good health and well-being, and clean water and sanitation. Read on for more information about our strategic priorities, the aims we want to achieve by 2022 and the way forward.

Our Strategic Priorities

Gender equality for women and girls

Creating empowerment through community dialogue and engagement is key to improving women and girls’ decision-making power and control over their lives. Our health and well-being, education, and livelihoods programmes work with women and girls who are the most marginalised and the hardest to reach, including female sex workers.


We aim to ensure the full participation of people living with disabilities, through empowerment and as advocates in their own development processes. We will work to address the attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers which hinder their access to opportunities through our health and well-being, education and livelihoods projects.

Strengthened partnerships and capacity

To further strengthen our impact, we seek partnerships with networks and other like-minded organisations and NGOs based in northern Tanzania with whom we believe we can achieve our vision. By strengthening partner capacity in the areas of child protection, disability, gender, and climate change analysis, our work will have a deeper impact.

Our Strategic Aims (by 2022)

1) Women and girls in marginalised communities live healthier lives

We believe that everyone should have access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, and should enjoy a life free of violence. We aim to strengthen the ability of women and girls to make their own decisions in regards to their own health and well-being. By 2022, we aim to have increased access to sexual reproductive health rights services, and improved community attitude and practice with regards to family planning.

2) Marginalised women and girls have improved educational learning outcomes

We believe that all girls, including girls living with a disability, have the same right to education as boys, and so African Initiatives has undertaken multiple education projects designed to address the specific challenges faced by girls in receiving education. Our goal is that by 2022, schools have improved learning outcomes and will have implemented appropriate child protection, inclusion and gender-sensitive teaching practices.

3) Women and girls have improved livelihoods and resilience

Through our livelihoods programme, we work with the most marginalised communities in order to secure access to land and gender rights. By 2022, we aim to have improved the decision-making power for these communities, particularly for women and girls in relation to productive resources and decision making in the household. We also aim to have increased access to income, nutrition, education, and health choices for women and girls.

The Way Forward

Our Strategic Plan was developed with the participation of staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees, and overseas partners in Tanzania and Ghana between April and September 2016. In order to improve efficiency, by 2022 African Initiatives plans to:

  • Have a clear focus on supporting the most marginalised women and girls in the communities we work in.
  • Have strengthened and invested in our own and partners’ innovation capacity to improve the quality and effectiveness of programmes.
  • Have invested more systematically in partners’ capacity, including strengthening its operations in Tanzania.
  • Strengthened rights-based approach through mainstreaming disability, ensuring inclusion of the most vulnerable women and girls in society.
  • Explored options of partnership with new organisations such as universities and other local organisations by working in consortia where appropriate.
  • Become more innovative and reflective in programmes and operations to increase impact and remain relevant in a changing context.