Project for enhancing institutional, managerial and entrepreneurial capacities of about 125 farmers groups, with membership running to over 5000.
Project Name: FARMER ORGANIZATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECT (FOCEP)
In the project, WISE seeks to capacitate farmers with basic capabilities with the underlying Goal of increasing incomes of Small Holder Farmers in Mlimba and Ifakara Divisions of Kilombero District by 30%. It is envisaged that these will be achieved through institutional support building, linkage with service providers and enhancing communication through knowledge and learning. The specific project Objectives are (i) to enhance institutional, managerial and entrepreneurial capacities of targeted FOs (ii) to enhance access to services by FOs through linkages with service providers (SPs) and (iii) to enhance communication and access to information by FOs through knowledge sharing and learning. Click HERE for more information about FOCEP
Project name: National Budgeting with Youth lens
Project cost: 34,950,000/= Tshs for 9 months
The project aimed at advocating for both finalizations of national youth responsive policy and youth responsive budgeting processes at macro and micro levels. The project had the following three specific objectives which were (i) To conduct policy analysis (policy objectives and budget itself) and advocacy focusing on youth issues (ii) Lobby and advocate for both national youth policy and youth responsive budget (iii) establish a strong and vibrant coalition of youth NGO and youth serving NGO for stronger voice/ support to the course. The project is meant to help in forming a basis for reordering the budget process and priorities to support youth course, empowerment and equality. Furthermore identified the implication of current budgeting process to youth with a gender perspective. This budget analysis served as a way of holding the government accountable for its international and national commitments of equality to all its citizens by linking these commitments to the distribution, use and generation of public resources. It called for analysis and re ordering of the budget within the central government itself and the departments’ ministry by making it more responsive to youth needs. It allowed for proper scrutiny of expenditure priorities but also check if the government is meeting its development obligation, in this case by identifying the implication of budgets for youth lives and livelihoods.
Project name: Making imperceptible voices visible in NEPAD process
Project cost: 50,000 Canadian $
Project duration: One year
Emergence of New Partnership for Africa’s Development commonly known as NEPAD initiatives has its own shortfalls as far as youth engagement is concerned. As such mechanisms such as AU have not taken into consideration the needs and space for youth as part and parcel of development processes but have continued to receive prescription offered by adult elite groups and leaders.
While NEPAD, which is a new framework that is meant to guide African economies in the 21st century is becoming more functional, African youth continue to face challenges such as i) lack of coordination of youth policy in Africa (ii) lack of African youth charter (iii) slow ratification of international instruments to deal with youth issues (iv) Lack of political will to involve youth on policy formulation. Looking at gender dimension, female youth are more disadvantaged due to roles passed over by their mother’s hence low participation in development and advocacy processes, NEPAD being one of them. It is worth noting that even poor men and women in rural setting have no idea about what is happening as far as NEPAD is concerned despite the impact it might have in their lives and livelihoods.
Recognising challenges they face while acknowledging the importance of NEPAD and the need to find space for meaningful participation in the process, engaging in NEPAD process is paramount if youth and poor men and women have to be part of the development agenda that is meant to better their destiny. This will have to go hand in hand with the need for youth to address limitations they face such as poor lobbying and advocacy skills, lack of political space for participation, fragmented and un-coordinated efforts among and within youth movements, poor leadership and organizational disciple, lack of platform for exchange of best practices and shortage of financial and human resources.
The main goal of this project was to build a common understanding of NEPAD, and create strategies on how youth organizations can develop, and implement youth driven NEPAD inspired initiatives across the country
Global Fund for Children
Project name: Youth Entrepreneurship Programme
Project duration: 5 years
As a gender and livelihood approach to HIV/AIDS the project continued to targeted youth in coast region . The principle objective of the project was to o enhance youth social economic empowerment by addressing income poverty/insecurity. The aasumption is the fact that this project will eventualy address one underlying cause to HIV which is poverty by helping yout to start their micro enterprise and train them on Reproductive ealth (RH) and HIV/AIDS related issues.
The project has successfully recruited youth from rural communities who have been actively engaged in micro enterprise with special focus in poultry keeping. Youth have not only been trained on how to form and manage their economic groups, but also how to manage their poultry farms sustainably.
Global Fund for Women
Project name: Combating Gender Based Violence project
Project cost: 8000 USD
Project duration: 1 yer
Although GBV is a global problem, the patterns, trends and manifestations differ from county to country where many cultures have beliefs, norms and social institutions that legitimize and therefore perpetuate violence against women. This holds true in the Tanzania society that is deeply patriarchal in structure and culture. As a result women’s’ concerns and issues remain largely excluded from the mainstream development agenda. Patriarchal relations in sexuality and cultural norms are manifested in strong cultural practices such as domestic violence, polygamy, female genital mutilation, early marriages and widowhood practices and other forms of violations and oppression subject women to GBV. The project had three objectves; (i) To promote systematic interventions geared towards addressing gender based violence, reproductive and sexual related rights and its link to HIV/AIDS (ii) Build community based systems geared to arrest gender based violence (iii) Map out gender blind policies and conduct evidence based advocacy