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Serikali Yangu/My Gov

We connect Tanzanian Youth, equip their business-market skills,educate them to apply for Government Development Fund and amplify via media.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Serikali Yangu (My Gov) is a youth lead citizen-centric program aiming to empower young Tanzanians to tackle unemployment by organizing youth networks, build their business credibility and entrepreneurship capacity,encourage and guide them to utilize readily available government opportunities set for young people,Youth Development Fund (YDF) -5% municipals revenue set for youth .Via media we will share project training and stories,in both mainstream and online digital platforms, youth will be exposed to financial literacy and business skills empower them to engage in generating employment and business ideas and solicit funds to support their startups.The project will help trained youth networks to join established Community Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) by the Local Government Authorities where YDF is channeled to. Our courses are created for Tanzanian youth to get exposed to financial literacy and understand entrepreneurial and business skills. Our financial literacy courses address money management; credit and debt management,fundraising, planning, saving and investing. Our business /entrepreneurship course address;team management,negotiation, communication,marketing, sales and ideas pitching, time management,IT for business,branding,networking, scaling, leadership and conflict resolution skills.We focus on youth bringing business ownership the reality of being self-employed,being economy contributor and empower their ability to provide employment for others.

WHO BENEFITS?

Our direct beneficiaries are Tanzanian youth aged 18-35,with special focus on young women. Through our interactions with youth we have learned that there are four key issues they care about,namely health, education, livelihood and ability to voice up and participate in decision making processes.Of these four issues, importance of livelihood and search for financial sources proved more important,hence emphasizing the need for our proposed idea targeting improvement of Tanzanian Youth livelihood.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

Through Media,Arts, and ICT Tanzania Bora Initiative engages the community,specifically youth,in providing civic educational programs and projects based on good governance and development issues.We do so to inspire and support community initiatives toward attainment of sustainable development goals.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Tanzania

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

HOW HAS YOUR IDEA CHANGED BECAUSE OF BENEFICIARY FEEDBACK?

Beneficiaries’ feedback have made us add following; 1. Adjusted the project pilot location from 4 constituents to 10, from across the country to Dar es Salaam only. This is due to the fact that all central government offices are Dar es Salaam centred and most of the leading youth networks have their headquarters in Dar es Salaam, hence we were advised that piloting from here will assist our quick feedback mechanism, to both intended beneficiaries and the government who is the main custodian of the Youth Development Fund this project addresses. 2. We will develop program ambassadors who we will use in the scaling up to reach out to other remaining 254 Tanzanian constituents for greater impact under minimal costs, this will also aid to answer the program sustainability factor. 3. We will introduce mentorship program. Program implementation will be 6 months. 3 months for business research, ideation,planning and launch. While the reminder of 3 month of the program will be used for mentorship to insure sustainability. 4. Training will expand to teach Youth to be visionaries,community leaders and responsible members of society,these values aim to ground them to give back.

HOW IS YOUR IDEA UNIQUE?

Our approach is designed to outlast the program. We share a vision of improving livelihoods and well-being at the sub-national level in Tanzania, and we have a mutual appreciation for the role that youth must play to achieve the program set outcomes. Our approach focuses on: fostering youth’s confidence and skills to critically engage with livelihood skills, liberating government information and opportunities for community’s better sharing and equal engagement, and packaging and transferring business based and livelihood skills to make it more accessible to everyday citizens in local communities. We have developed three pillars of activity areas. Engagement; activities that involve interfacing with ecosystem stakeholders to jointly identify, implement, and evaluate, as well as to showcase success stories to build momentum over time. Capacity; activities directly engage with government officials, MPs and youth networks to support more positive experiences with accessing and using Youth Development Fund (YDF). Tools; involves digital and analog activities that involve the development and use of actionable youth-led services, platforms and innovations.

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE PROBLEM YOUR IDEA SOLVES FOR HAS NOT BEEN SOLVED?

Our program works to empower young Tanzanians from unemployment while holding their leaders accountable. Working with youth in Tanzania through our programs, we have learnt that the 66% of Tanzania’s youth labor force is not fully utilized because they lack entrepreneurship awareness and resources opportunities. Our modal is designed to improve the knowledge and access to such resources that will help to improve the youth livelihood in Tanzania. We are yet to come across an intervention that put youth at the heart of solving own problems while utilizing already existing government led opportunities and widely share lessons to a wider community learning, hence this makes our idea relevant.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS IDEA?

Some of the unanswered questions about our idea are: 1. Will the Members of the Parliament commit and truly keep their promises in championing effective Youth Development Fund, and the overall quest for solutions for unemployment among youth in the parliament? 2. Will the youth Network cooperate well and commit to cross learning across constituents? 3. Will the tools and technologies to be prototype in this program carry the momentum sought after and find its relevance among targeted youth networks and other indirect beneficiaries?

IS THIS IDEA NEW FOR YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION?

This idea is new to our organization,however the proposed approach of this idea is something we are very much familiar with.The difference this idea will bring includes: 1. In Capacity building and training sessions on livelihood and entrepreneurship; we will develop training tools/plans on livelihood and entrepreneurship, the training process itself, and assist young Tanzanians to join SACCOs groups that YDF is channeled to, for access and use as capital to start small businesses. 2. In our interactions through Serikali Yangu Dialogues; these platforms will be community-centered monitoring tool based on constructive youth engagement on interacting,questions and answers from the MPs and Local Government Authorities(LGAs) in selected constituents. It is designed to strengthen community-led development,and engagement on following up on YDF in the ten (10) constituencies through poll questions, results, and sharing of useful information. 3. Serikali Yangu Media Reporting; we will use TV and Radio, also online media reporting to give the general public an awareness of the ongoing activities that relate to the livelihood training status and access to Youth Development Fund .

WHO WILL IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA?

Tanzania Bora Initiative(TBI) will lead in implementing,with key strength in youth’s advocacy via digital and traditional media. TBI is experienced in conducting capacity building programs.We will work with www.saharaventures.com in developing diverse startups teams from ideation, concepts development to prototyping. TBI network of experts and mentors will work with youth networks in development,market validation,user research,products development, finance,soft skills and pitching of ideas.

About Serikali Yangu

Serikali Yangu/My Gov is a youth-led citizen-centric program that works to empower young Tanzanians from unemployment while holding their leaders accountable. Working with youth in Tanzania through our programs, we have learnt that the 66% of Tanzania’s youth labor force is not fully utilized because they lack entrepreneurship awareness and resources opportunities. Our modal is designed to improve the knowledge and access to such resources that will help to improve the youth livelihood in Tanzania.

Our Focus


Tanzania has 264 constituencies, our plan for program’s year one is to pilot it in ten (10) constituencies found in 3 Dar es Salaam districts (Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke), and each year expanding to other four constituencies. The program expansion will be done followed a careful evaluations and indicators tracking. Our program approach is focused on entrepreneurship capacity building sessions. The trained youth networks members will then be assisted to join Community Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) established by the Local Government Authorities, to access the Government led Youth Development Fund (YDF). We will work with the Youth Development Officers in the target constituencies (these are in charge of the YDF). The Youth Development Officers role will be to inform the youth on how to access the fund, and assist target youth to follow the procedures to access the funds for capital to start small businesses. Working with Local Government is a proven successful methodology to empower community members with both knowledge and resources for self-employment, therefore with entrepreneurship trainings we provide, we will focus on the Youth Development Fund as a source to finance the trained youth to start and run their businesses. We will also work with the Members of Parliament of the 10 pilot constituencies to dialogue with the youth on the status of constituencies’ employment opportunities and the access to the YDF. Making references to the Serikali Yangu impacts on youth within their constituencies, the MPs will also be engaged to champion policies on YDF and development in the parliament.


Why the Need for Serikali Yangu Intervention in Tanzania


Unemployment in majority of Tanzanian constituencies is stimulated by lack of entrepreneurship skills (including work experience). This is one of the top barriers to youth development. A weak business environment also impedes youth in Tanzania. Such barriers impact youth dis-proportionally because of their lack of experience in overcoming them and the limited links to entrepreneurship networks. Further on the business and entrepreneurship environment, the limited access to finance for start-up capital, which reflects young people’s limited assets for collateral and the absence of financial history, is an important constraint. This challenge is also associated with the little awareness youth have towards the accessibility of youth development fund within their constituencies. Together with this, majority of youth in the 264 constituencies do not have an awareness on how they could work in groups and join established SACCOs to access funds and resources that includes YDF for their start-ups. Another linked factor is that many youth in the four constituencies have no career guidance, mentorship and other counselling programs. This situation limits many youth from generating employment opportunities and advance in life.

Also the low level of interactions between Members of Parliament (MPs), Local Government Leaders and their communities, has limited cooperation and collective engagement in addressing youth unemployment. This low interaction also limits the opportunities for youth in the ten constituencies to know how they could access the 5% municipal funds of youth development fund set to engage in self-employment. Majority of youth in the ten constituencies have not had many sessions with the local government authorities to discuss how the youth development fund works and what the requirements for youth to access the fund are. This gap was confirmed by the MPs and LGAs during the series of meetings our organization has been having with them as our proposal is developing. Also in the interviews with some of the Youth Development Officers, they shared their experiences on the same issue. When they were sharing their information, they pointed out that limited engagement with the youth has significantly contributed to the lower awareness on how Youth Development Fund works. This lack of dialogue between people in power and citizens is further evidenced by qualitative research conducted by BBC Media Action, in which radio station managers commented that leaders often talk at citizens and leave little or no opportunity for questions to be asked of them.


There is limited empirical evidence of habits of the youth in interacting with their political leaders, however, one survey indicates that young people’s knowledge and participation in the development, implementation and monitoring of policy is 10.4% and awareness of national policies is 24%. This is remarkably low and indicative that young people are often unaware of, or left out of participating in, the decisions that affect them, this includes the use of youth development fund. This low participation in decision-making is also recognized by the Government of Tanzania, which the National Youth Development Policy (2007) seeks to partially address. This therefore, calls for our proposed intervention, Serikali Yangu that will be a platform that bridges this gap between entrepreneurship knowledge and resource, and interaction with their leaders and communities to bring about positive change in the society.

One of the Young Tanzanians network discussing on their business plans.


How are we going to Impact Target Groups with Serikali Yangu Intervention?


On highlight, this proposed intervention will focus on the following set of activities:

  1. Provide capacity building and training sessions on livelihood and exchange of best practices among youth networks to generate employment opportunities.
  2. Work with the Local Government Authorities through Youth Development Officers to assist trained youth to join established SACCOs to access channeled YDF for start-up capital to invest in small businesses in their constituencies.
  3. Design and launch Serikali Yangu media platform to provide a platform for the trained youth to constructively engage with their MPs, and Local Government through Youth Development Officers in following up on YDF and addressing the unemployment challenge.


Our Strategy

A. Capacity building and training sessions on livelihood and entrepreneurship.

The part of program will have the following core components: develop training tools/plans on livelihood and entrepreneurship, the training process itself, and assist young Tanzanians to join SACCOs groups that YDF is channeled to, for access and use as capital to start small businesses. The approach to this aspect involves two phases:

Phase 1: Tanzania Bora Initiative will identify and design training tools and plans. The designed tools will then be used for entrepreneurship training with the selected networks. The content of this training will be refined through a consultative process with these networks, as it will need to best fit the needs of the target networks. Our organization will then work with the selected youth networks in Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke districs by agreeing on guiding principles that their networks will respect during the program implementation period; this will include commitments to the entrepreneurship training, and work in groups to join SACCOs for fund soliciting. Our organization will also work with the networks leaders and members to identify female individuals for support and mentoring.

Phase 2: The second phase of working with the selected youth networks, we will focus on training support on livelihood and entrepreneurship. Intermittently, the trainer will deliver basic skills on how to identify opportunities, leadership and business skills, and basic finance (how to solicit, manage income and expenditures: focus is put on the YDF). The aim is to improve the ‘know-how’ to start and run small businesses. Training programs will go beyond business plan preparation and foster linkages to small entrepreneurship service providers and networks. With this, every month, Youth Development Officers and MPs in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke districts, will be invited to come and speak on relevant YDF matters to the youth. Also sharing of best practices towards enhancing the capacity of the youth network to engage fully in fostering development in selected constituencies will be enhanced during this phase. In this phase, youth will also be assisted to form groups and join SACCOs with channeled YDF to access the fund for their startups.

Our courses are created for Tanzanian youth to get exposed to financial literacy and understand entrepreneurial and business skills, also mentor them to develop and grow their business ideas and empower them to be contributors of their communities’ economy. Our financial literacy courses address money management; credit and debt management; planning, saving and investing; risk management and civic financial responsibility. Our business /entrepreneurship course allow youth to learn; team management, negotiation, finance management, communication, sales and presentation skills, time management, simple IT skills for business,leadership and conflict resolution skills. The first 2 weeks of our 16 weeks program focuses on ideation, then we will move on youth best positioning their ideas to be able to launch their businesses. There will be a variety of workshops toward the research, planning and development of a business plan, along with a number of entrepreneurial skills to give potential business ideas the best chance for success. We will focus on youth bringing business ownership the reality of being self-employed, being a contributor to the Tanzanian economy and empower their ability to provide employment for others.

B. Interactions through Serikali Yangu Dialogues

Serikali Yangu dialogues platforms will be community-centered monitoring tool based on constructive youth engagement on interacting, question and receive answers from the MPs and LGAs in selected constituents. It is designed to strengthen community-led development, and engagement on following up on Youth Development Funds in the ten (10) constituencies through poll questions, results, and sharing of useful information. Each month, the trained youth will have a platform to speak-out their opinions and ask questions on YDF, and receive feedback from both Youth Development Officers and the four (10) MPs. Every month, Tanzania Bora Initiative’s program team will send information on the date, theme for discussion revolving around YDF. The dialogues will be conducted in a constructive manner, whereby, when raised questions, views on YDF requires responses, the MPs and Youth Development Officers will be invited to give in-depth insights and responses. Also our media interventions will pick these stories and cover them for wider public awareness. This proposed mechanism has been successful through Restless Development, one of our partners in Tanzania, where they had a program titled “Kijana Enterprises”, and shared experience that, getting MPs and Youth Development Officers to engage and speak about Youth Development Fund is not a challenge once they agree to collaborate in the project.

Our Young Jounalists in Studio and street location producing some of our various media programs

C. Serikali Yangu Media Reporting

We will use TV and Radio reporting to give the general public an awareness of the ongoing activities that relate to the livelihood training, status and access to youth development fund, and progress of entrepreneurship interventions by the youth networks as well as the on-going interactions between the MPs, Local Government Authority (LGAs) and the youth networks in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke districts. Our media will also report on how they work together to address the underlined unemployment challenges. The identified media houses are E FM, TBC , TV1 and Clouds Media. The partnering media will explore different stories that come from either entrepreneurship interventions generated or access to youth development fund interactions between youth and their leaders. Presenters will be encouraged to draw in selected questions or comments generated from the dialogue discussions and link to their media broadcasting. Through working with our media partners, we seek to bring about improved knowledge of governance affairs and greater awareness of how they can actively engage in their community or wider society. This is a mechanism to inspire and promote active citizenship in Tanzanians. We will also explore online digital media to amplify our impact even further.

Prototype of Serikali Yangu  Mobile App we plan to launch to facilitate dialogue between Members of Parliaments and Tanzanian Youth Networks

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation will be done throughout the implementation phase of this project. Tanzania bora Initiative will be conducting M&E to update on the project activities. We will use both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in collecting information across the four constituencies. This will help to identify groups, design livelihood teaching, dialogues and learning modalities by assessing what is the specific interest of the youth groups in relation to the available sources for employment. M&E will also help to identify impacts and lessons learnt on the project. All the information discovered in the M&E will also inform the program on its target audience needs and interest, and help in improving the implementation strategy.


Project Sustainability Plan.


1. The Youth networks eligible to get funds are the ones that have joined established government SACCOS targeting youth population, these SACCOS have rules and regulations and reporting mechanism that inspires responsibility among peers, hence this is not a program that just dishes cash once and goes away, but ensures that the availabe funds cycle around municipal youth to benefit more others , and our team will work to coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of this plan.

2. We will build in bussiness mentorship program, so that youth networks receiving funds does not make that the end result of the program. We plan to encourage youth to continue returning the funds given so that they continue to qualify for even bigger levels funds as they continue to grow their business. Also we will work to link matured businesses to Microfinance and financial institutions, also network of investors for further funding and support.

3. Our trainings will also teache Youth to be visionaries, community leaders and responsible members of society, these values aim to ground them and assist them to have a bigger picture of their business, so that they envision not only running a small business but also inspire to grow into SMEs and be able to employ fellow youth.

SHARE ONE SENTENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT YOU WOULD LIKE THIS PROJECT TO HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, AND ONE QUESTION YOU NEED TO ANSWER TO GET THERE.

IMPACT: Increased number of employment and business opportunities among Tanzanian youth aiming at improved livelihood and overall community social-economic transformation. Question: What are skills, capacities and opportunities we need to expose young Tanzanians to, in order for them to be either employable or capable of starting their own business ventures?

MY ORGANIZATION'S OPERATING BUDGET FOR 2015 WAS:

  • Between $100,000 and $500,000

MY INTENDED BENEFICIARIES ARE:

  • Within 50 km of where our team does most of its work

HOW LONG HAVE YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES BEEN WORKING ON THIS PILOT PROJECT TOGETHER?

  • Between 6 months and a year

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOINING AMPLIFY'S PORTFOLIO OF INNOVATORS?

We’re are excited to tap into a pool of young change makers,driven with solution oriented ideas that, motivate and inspire fellow youth to build skills that allow them to; contribute to nation's economy, improve individual livelihood and support youth transition into financial stability.We are a learning organization,hence participating in a Human centered design based program that equip young people in East Africa with the tools to meet the demands of the future connects well with our vision .
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Photo of neman
Team

now I know your strategy to slam areas that am working but for addition, how you going to engage young people for these areas?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Hi neman our project key beneficiaries are young people aged 15-35, from different groups of interest/Demographic, with special focus on young women. So our approach when we come to your area is to work with youth network such as the one you lead in your area since you are already a known and respected young leader there, and we will plan together of the group of youth to engage and how to reach to them apart from online and mainstream media means we will be using.

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Team

How will you ensure the platform enable citizens to hold accountable their government...

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

@Tony good question. Our project put focus in both Training them on business skills and financial literacy, but also we aim to be a bridge that connects Government leaders , especially from Local Government Authorities and Constituents Member of Parliament,aiming at causing national dialogues from sub-national levels, dialogues with relevant information and data for citizens, especially youth , to be able to hold their leaders accountable.

Photo of Ismail VII
Team

Tony you can also note that some of the agenda for discussion are the access to the youth development fund, unemployment and policies that affects the interests of the youth. The youth will have the opportunity to interact with the government representatives, asking questions and get answers and have the opportunity to give recommendations and suggestions on the areas that they believe they need improvement such as on the procedures and criteria to access the YDF.

Photo of Mujuni Baitani
Team

@Tony if you have noticed, our project focuses on bringing on board Youth and their leaders. This will free government information and opportunities for community’s better sharing and equal engagement. There is where accountability and transparency come in.

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Team

How this project will support the formalization of the informal sector? (according to ‘The Guardian‘, youth employment situation remains one of the key challenges in Tanzania. Unemployment rate among youth -15 and 34 years old- was 13.4 per cent; females stand at 14.3 per cent and amongst males were 12.3 per cent. Urban areas are hardest hit with unemployment rate, reaching 22.3 per cent as against 7.1 per cent in the rural areas). I think formalization will reduce unemployment, how this project will support formalization?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Very good question Eberhard Osward , to our understanding as we continue to learn and grow more is that, whenever we talk formalization of informal industries, we are talking Government policies, strategies and at times even financial implication, and this always take years to materialize. However as youth we should not just sit down and wait for the Government to do everything, ours is a bottom up approach, we look to champion citizens engagements in matters that are of concern to them, we look at the situation that say WHY/IMPOSSIBLE and we ask the question WHY NOT/How do we make it possible? So by the fact that the data you have shared show unemployment being at rate unprecedented, we are not going to sit down and wait for someone to create solutions for us, we choose to become solution bringer, so that the next generation should not be talking of the same problem or being faced with the same fear that youth bulge might turn to be a risk, we are in the business of turning the same into an asset, our majority in numbers is our collateral, lets come together and utilize it, we are bringing Serikali Yangu project on the table, what are you willing to bring Eberhard? Join us! ;-)

Photo of Ismail VII
Team

Also having the government on board offers an opportunity to table dialogues and provide demonstration of how in other countries this has work to the advantage on both reducing unemployment and the government being able to receive revenue and add the national income. I believe continuing discussions on the same will get a good buy in from the policy makers.

Photo of Mujuni Baitani
Team

Thank you Eberhard Osward  for the great data input, though we welcome new ideas from you. Supporting formalization in informal sector will go hand to hand with first equipping Youth with the knowledge; increasing awareness on better access to financing and improving access to information. Youth unemployment and empowerment can be understood by gaining insight into the employability of individuals at scale as youth empowerment initiatives can be quantified and best practises learnt and shared.

Photo of Nancy Wagi
Team

This is exciting!!Skills training to youth is essential!From a Kenyan perspective in the youth space with similar projects,its seems most entrepreneurial projects only work for youth youth who are entrepreneurs or discover auch potential.The blanket approach that all youth need employment and if not get into entrepreneurship is it informed by the youth ms themselves?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

@Nancy good question and observation. Youth demographics come with different interest and needs. And to answer your question directly, unemployment is one of the biggest concern amongst youth, however there are others issues that youth care about, our feedback discovered that youth care about getting place to voice up and participate in Governance decision making, education,health, availability of water and sanitation. Also they care about how to combat drugs abuse so as to protect their future. Our project, and this entire Amplify challenge tackles one of the greatest youth challenge,however not the only challenge/concerns that youth have.

Photo of Ruby Kady
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From entrepreneurs point of view, I have always find it difficult to connect with government officials especially those responsible to educate and assist us on YDF access, I'm simply curious to see how this might work, and what will be the motivation for them to work with you consistently

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Ruby Kady  glad you bring this point into light. Traditionally its very true, most Government and their officials are hardly trusted and their sometimes lots of bureaucracy and lack of professionalism make many shy away from wanting to partner with them. However, we have done our research and already had some conversations with Government officials, especially Prime minister office, they clearly indicated that they need our partnership. That they have been trying to reach youth on various governmental programs and opportunities they have plan for us, however they feel like most of their efforts continues to hit walls. We come in to bridge this communication gap, and link both partners via relevant platform they can both identify with a neutral voice that understands both side. We also look to improve youth participation in Governance issues too.

Photo of Ismail VII
Team

It is also worth to share that the level of cooperation we have received from the youth development officers from the government has really been encouraging. They shared invaluable information such as the number of youth who have so far benefited from the YDF and what has been the challenge for many youth to access, and how partnership in capacity building and facilitating the access can help to fill the gap.

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Team

I am a photographer and creative designer who aspires to make a living and career out of it but I have zero knowledge to entrepreneurship, so seeing such idea as serikali yangu coming to my community and that it will expose aspirants like us to funding opportunities to support our humble beginnings is so much great. I will be following up in the developments of your program.

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Mayur , nice to hear your enthusiasm on our project, and you have realized it's inclusive nature and capacity to carry various youth ideas into business ventures, yours included. I am personality excited to work with the like of your careers paths, arts through photography, and there are so many ideas you can turn professional photography into. We hope to keep in touch with you soon :-)

Photo of Ismail VII
Team

In addition, arts and creative industry is growing in Tanzania however, majority of the practitioners are yet to benefit because of lacking entrepreneurship skills and lower understanding of the market, hence having people like you on board offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that can actually have a career on the sector, hence more engagement.

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Team

As one of the youth leaders in Tandale, we have always been appreciative of the media and dialogue platform you have been providing via your projects and shows to the youth in our community and I have complete faith on your program target. I support this program idea and our doors are open for possible collaborations.

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

HP Glad that you have benefited from our prior project, and we will most definitely need your collaboration as a leader of youth network in Tandale area, as we will be reaching for youth from the slum areas and yours area is one of our target.

Photo of Ismail VII
Team

On top of what Abella said, we want this program to have sense of community ownership so your cooperation will highly be valuable since you have that Tandale community's acceptance and appreciation to what you are doing.

Photo of Rispa
Team

Judging from my time that I have volunteered with Tanzania Bora Initiative, I can attest that I got so inspired by amount of effort the team is putting to impact the youth community in Tanzania, with this idea, I have no doubt that other youth who for so long have been subject less engagement in development intenventions due to less opportunities will get the chance to be part of the solution creating models that will positively affect others, keep going TBI.

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

So nice to read from you Rispa ,you should plan to come and work with us soon so that we continue to positively impact our community together :-), and thanks for the vote of confidence, we appreciate!

PS: Glad to hear months later you are still inspired by the volunteering experience you received from our organization.

Photo of Neema
Team

Binafsi nilishawahi kwenda ofisi za serikali ya mtaa kuulizia jinsi ya kupata hizo fedha lakini sikupata jibu la kueleweka nilikua nasumbuliwa na kuambiwa niende kila siku.Viongozi hawako wazi juu ya swala hilo.

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Neema tunafurahi kutambua kuwa ulishaanza kufuatilia hili. Sio kwamba viongozi hawapo wazi, ila tu hakuna connection kati ya mipango ya serikali na utendaji ulisahihi ili kuweza kuwafikia walengwa wanaostahili kunufaika na mipango hiyo, na mradi wetu pia umetambua pengo hili na ndio maana tuko mstali wa mbele kutengeneza suluhu juu yake.

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Na mimi nilishawahi kusumbuliwa na hili, nna kila sababu ya kushiriki ili nijifunze njia sahihi za kulifatilia jimbon kwetu

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Karibu sana Monalisa, umoja ni nguvu, mradi wetu unapanga kuwakutanisha vijana katika makundi ili tusaidiane kuondokana na vikwazo kama hivi.

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Team

Mimi ni mdau wa katiba na ningependa kushiriki, nawezaje kuwa sehemu ya hii program kwa kupitia ushiriki kwenye katiba?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

jamanda balozi Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania inatoa haki ya vijana kuwa na maisha bora, lakini pia wajibu wa vijana kufanya kazi ili waweze kuyapata haya maisha bora. So tunafurahia kuwa wewe kama mdau wakatiba unaweza kutumia jukwaa la mradi huu kushiriki katika kuwahimiza vijana kutafuta kujua fursa zao ndani ya miradi na serikali na wajibu wao pia, na wewe unakaribishwa kutumia fursa hizi pia.

Photo of Monalisa Ndala
Team

Apa pia naona sera ya vijana inahusika sana na mkiweza kuligusia mtakua mmeweza kupata ndege wawili kwa jiwe moja maana elimu ya iraia tutakua tumepata pia.

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Ni ukweli @Monalisa sera ya vijana itakuwa ni sehemu ya mafunzo ya mradi wetu ili tuweze fahamu serikali ina mipango ipi zaidi juu ya vijana Tanzania.

Photo of Sele Kitenge
Team

The idea is quite enlightening, just out of curiosity, do you also help the beneficiaries to obtain market to their businesses?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
Team

Good question @Kitenge , our business skills training teaches them the skills to research the market, and positioning of both products and services so that to insure effectiveness of their business ideas, also growth of the same. We will also teach them networking and connect them to important stakeholders either as customers, investors or vendors, who will influence or assist their business to grow.

Photo of Fides
Team

Wow! I love this idea. I see great plans on educating the Youth on business models. So may I ask how will the sustainability be after you have trained and Youth have gained money?

Photo of Abella Bateyunga
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Glad that you love our idea @Fides to answer your question on sustainability our project approach relies on following ways to insure sustainability;

1. The Youth networks eligible to get funds are the only ones that have joined established government SACCOS targeting youth population, these SACCOS have rules and regulations and reporting mechanism that inspires responsibility amonst peers, hence this is not a program that just dishes cash and goes.

2. We will build in bussiness memtorship program, so that receiving funds is not the end result of the program. We plan to encourage youth to continue returning the funds given so that they continue to qualify for even more levels funds as they continue to grow their business.

3. Our trainings also teaches Youth to be visionaries, community leaders and responsible members of society, these values aim to ground them and assist them to have a bigger picture of their business, so that they invision not only running a business but also inspire to grow into SMEs and be able to employ fellow youth.

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Mimi ni mjasiriamali laki pia nipo kwenye hafakati za kuwakomboa vijana wenzangu kwenye masuala ya uraia, ninaishi Dar, naomba mnisaidie kiujuzi niweze kutumia vitu hivi viwili nisaidie jamii yetu iendelee.

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Monalisa Ndala wewe ndio mlengwa mkuu wa mradi huu, tunafurahi kuona kuwa uko tayari kuwa seehemu ya mtandao wetu, tutazidi kukufahamisha zaidi jinsi ya kujiunga nasi pale tutakapoanza rasmi kuutekeleza mradi huu.

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Asante sana kwa kunifungua macho, nitashiriki kikamilifu

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Thanks for this idea, may I share one or more issues of Youth on this matter. As we know Tanzanian Youth sum up to 70% of the population. Most of the Youth are engaged in political parties more than development centred, so how can this platform help Youth change their mind set on Development? How will this platform encourage transparency and accountability on issuing the funds?

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Nasser Really good issues you are bringing on the table. We are set to include demographics of Tanzanian Youth with various interest, we believe Development issues are quite kin however political matters are important as well for they affect many development agenda. With this understanding we look to partner with Prime Minister's office, the custodian of the funds and include media network for the learning and sharing, while at the same time championing Transparency and accountability for the same.

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Platfom is good but i want to know how it reach young people from slam areas?

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neman , on our pilot project we plan to include constituents with slum areas are on of the priority areas, in Dar es Salaam our special focus will be in Tandika, Tandale and Mbagala areas. We will work with youth networks there to make sure they equally benefit in our project and in the Government led Youth Development fund (YDF).

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"Globalization poses socio-economic and political challenges to young people. There has been no reasonable discussion on how young people can be accommodated in free movement of labour,goods and services, international trade, good governance and participation, Information Communication Technology (lCT) to meet the challenges of globalization."- How this project will create a way to come with a solution to youth towards their problems and how you will help youth in rural areas to move with this globalized world?

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Glad that you are talking about globalization and free movement of labor,goods and services, international trade, good governance and participation, Information Communication Technology (lCT) while we are having a dialogue at East African based online challenge that seek to bring solutions to such questions as your, this means it's already happening, we are already creating solutions, all we need to do is amplify them more for the benefit of many, especially the rural youth who by the settings pf their environment, especially their infrastructures are sitting at the disadvantage, so we have a responsibility to together create solutions that are inclusive, if you have more suggestion on how we can incorporate that in our idea we will appreciate because we continue to see the question of how we will engage rural Tanzanian youth keeps reappearing.

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I am an Artist, based on Southern part of Tanzania, we face a lot of challenges including media coverage, how this project will give us hope and open up more market and training so that our works can penentrate both in local and international market?. How are you going to link artists and our leaders?
my song---https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i-FN83Mzc0

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Dee Pesa , we appreciate your sincere interest to our project, I can notice this is your third comment to our proposal, we thank you for keep coming back :-). And thank you for sharing your song with us, you are such a talented artist, we will be interested to meet up with you in a near future for further conversation in our other artist project we are engaged in. To answer your question , art is such an important platform , however it is still informal industry in our country. Through project such as Serikali Yangu, we look to inspire youth with various business ideas, artist included and see how we can introduce them to the market in a unique way that will give them upper hand and business profit. We hope that you become one of our project beneficiaries so that we work together to create a business plan around an artistic idea, that should be fun! To answer your last question, we continue to make deliberate efforts to create platform that brings leaders of the country and youth with different interest, so we hope our deliberate attempt to bring Members of Parliament to meet youth from their constituents in this project is a starting point.

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The youth who constitute about 65 per cent of the Labour force and 35% per cent of total population are not represented in various forums and do not participate adequately in decision making bodies. As a result most of the decisions which have been made do not take concerns of the youth. In addition there is inadequate involvement of youth at national and international forums. What are have you done so far to reduce this problem and how this project will educate youth in rural areas about GYDF.

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Wow! StarTraits Media & Entertainment , your question on youth partcipation in Governance and decision making processes has been a question for a decade in Tanzania. There are various initiative that have emerged trying to provide solution to the same, our organization - Tanzania Bora Initiative (TBI) is one of these initiatives. There has been progress, the government has opened up more for dialogue and youth participation in various roles, however more needs to be done. I believe this is an ongoing effort that requires all of us, we need to start coordinating efforts so that we avoid multiplication of efforts. As TBI we continue to represent youth in various decision making platforms, we work to connect youth network so that we all come as one voice and we connect youth with available platforms that they can utilize to better their lives, and this proposed project is one of them.

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There are various financial and credit schemes to empower young women and men to undertake self-employment. Nevertheless these schemes are not coordinated, not consolidated, scattered, not sustainable and therefore not effective in supporting self-employment activities for the youth,Is there any plan to link Youth with Banks, Micro finance for securing more loans and this GYDF to act as a collateral?

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Dee Pesa  we are glad you are starting to see what we see too, this program has the potential to grow and reveal further opportunities that Young Tanzanians can benefit from, we look to share more information and create and connect a network of stakeholders working to solve unemployment in the country but also look to negotiate further to financial institution to provide affordable loans to youth with viable ideas that have reached the expansion stage.

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"There is no adequate forum for youth to get and exchange information. Most of the communication media are urban centered. Lack of access of information makes it difficult to tap their creativity and enthusiasm in the development circles. The majority of the youth who are in rural areas lack information which is crucial for their socio-economic development.", How are you going to cover rural areas with enough media coverage and bridge information gap? Through our TV show we've discovered that, most of the youth know nothing about this Government youth development fund.

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Ndoto Kubwa TV Show , thank you for sharing your experience that came out of on ground engagement with Tanzania Youth via your media program. And we agree most of media programs and government programs end up benefiting the youth from urban, peri urban or small town, but not necessarily rural areas. We will not claim to have the answer to solve this challenge, however our is a humble attempt to bridge the disconnect between urban and rural youth. Apart from using mainstream media , our mobile engagement tool looks to create a community/network of youth with smart and analogy phone so that there is equal sharing of information, also we will encourage TV clubs and radio listening mechanism in rural areas as we will be sharing both the financial literacy, business skills and Youth Development Fund information.

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I would like to know how small entrepreneurs who are in rural areas will be supported? I want to know this because data shows that many Youth move to town because of poor infrastructures and no training at all. How are you going to support this neglected group of youth?

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Good question Eberhard Osward , youth in rural Tanzania are always forgotten, our project plans to involve them by working directly with the local Government authorities of their areas but also their Parliament representatives. However we are aware of the youth demographics interests difference in Tanzania, especially with urban-rural divide, these youth differs majorly in business ideas they tend to develop given their surrounding areas, so we plan to use our platform to connect and have them inspire one another.

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I am interested and i can't wait to be part of youths who will be benefited on this, i think it will help a lot of youth, Unemployment is a bigger problem in our area.How are you going to support these youth networks to get information that they will use on their decision making?. i am intereste

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We appreciate your curiosity Eberhard Osward , also glad that you are anticipating the beginning of the project.To answer your question, we will involve some youth network directly in the piloting area of the project through business training and mentorship , which is 10 constituents in Dar es Salaam, then we will indirectly reach many youth through our media engagement for we will be documenting entire process for the benefit of many youth we can not physically reach.

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I am curious to know about Government Youth Development Fund, i don't think if this funds are used to support youth at all, i am 26 years old but i've never benefited from GYDF, i think it is more of political, how are you going to make sure youth this fund reach the targeted group?

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I understand your concerns Nasseebu, actually it is the reason why this project started to begin with. The is a communication gap between Tanzanian Youth and Government plans, there are actually cases that couple of youth applied for and received the same. The challenge is also many Youth do not qualify on the criteria required, however good news is these criteria are just skills and information gap that can be acquired and that's what we are set to do. Also to encourage you on your second concern if this is a political move, not really, this is a sincere government effort to solve unemployment issues for Tanzanian issue, and what's more encouraging is the fact that this is not a basket fund from central government but actual revenue generated from municipals makes this funds not only easily accessible to youth from the area but also makes the program sustainable.

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Hi Abella and Team! Amplify and our experts have some comments and questions for you - we encourage you to think about this feedback as you continue to improve and refine your idea.

-Your idea is viable - it has the potential to use reward system based on winning youth procurement to become sustainable.
-How do you plan to make this sustainable in the long run?
-What have you learned from talking to some of the targeted youths you'll be working with?
-We'd love to learn more about what this program looks like beyond the fund application process. E.g. what kind of financial literacy and business skills will be taught and what does the experience look like for students going through this program?

In case you missed it, OpenIDEO and Amplify hosted a Storytelling Office Hour - https://youtu.be/g0gZRR6T9tA. Storytelling is an incredibly useful tool to articulate an idea and help make it come to life! Don't forget - December 18th is your last day to make changes to your idea on the OpenIDEO platform.

Looking forward to reading more!

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Dear Chelsea Takamine ,

Thank you for the feedback, and we are humbled that you see our idea viable.

Our team is currently working on all your feedback and questions and incorporating them in our idea, also using the Storytelling OpenIDEO office hour learning as we continue to improve it.

Hopefully when we are done, you will be able to see all reflected :-)

Kind regards.

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WoW...harnessing the awesome power of TV-Press
But your Business Entrepreneurship Model is very suitable for big economy where failure is norm and there are fall back. 
If I am not mistaken...maybe we should start where life begins with Food !!!

Check out  our Profile...and if we can create 100,000 Farm-2-Fork Entrepreneurs to grow-2-ZERO Poverty+Hunger+Malnutrition+Wellness+Water/Land Scarcity+Education-LESS+gender INEquality+Wars+Mass Migration, let start the conversation

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Thanks for the feedback, however your understanding of what we do is not correct. We aim at educating and organizing Youth networks to apply for Government led Youth Development Fund via ; trainings , media and dialogues, so you see media is the platform we use however our aim is to build business and entrepreneurship and then expose Tanzanian youth to available resources so as to solve unemployment issue in our country.

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My understanding is spot on ya
Only I am concern with the end results as many countries starts hot...but nothing to show in the end after the grant used up
Thks for the conversation
Have fun

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I see your concern, and it is a very valid one. So,I believe that calls for risk mitigation factor. Whats good about our Government Youth Development Fund (YDF) is that its not a basket fund that the government provides but rather Municipals Revenue collection, this makes this plan reliable and sustainable, because citizens always pay taxes and the government has committed 5% of the collection to be set aside by every municipal for youth development in supporting various entrepreneurs to start businesses as long as they qualify in the criteria set by the government and are part of the recognized youth network, and we work with youth to build their capacity to be able to qualify for the same and be able to sustain effectively the funding they receive.

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I think this idea is the best idea to be implemented in Tanzania because of unemployment problem. As a young talented entrepreneur who is in street without employment I think I can't wait for this project to start, I know a lot of youth who are not employed but they have potential to create some products, others have good business ideas but they need some trainings and to be connected with other youth and leaders. I love this idea,.

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Talented youth who are willing to make a living but do not know how to go about, should not just be on the street, this is the spirit of this program. So we look towards mobilizing young people towards living a purposeful life by assisting them to find a business purpose and serve the same.

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I think its a right time to advocate youth and government participation in solving societal problems, In Tanzania more than 50 percent of total population consists youth population and we experience many problems including the unemployment, I think this project will bridge the gap of youth not to connect and work closely with their leaders but also will solve the unemployment problem. I support this idea.

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Yes StarTraits building gaps between youth and leaders is what we are looking for, so that there is an established channel of communication such that government opportunities targeting youth are easily understood and accessed.

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I am an artist, how this will benefit people who are informal sector? How this idea will help us to impact our society and how we can partner with you, Abella. I love this idea.

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Glad that as an artist you can relate with our idea. We actually plan to involve more youth from informal sector and create a case study to formalize  such industries like Art, that has a potential of creating millions of jobs. 

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i support an idea because it can bring sustainable development through entrepreneurship/business activities after obtain  skills and knowledge [many people having business/entreprenuership ideas but they lack skills and knowledge of how to implement/put in action].

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Sustainable development is such a good angle that we are keen to look at, and its true that many businesses start up don't survive beyond a year or two of their establishment because of lack of needed knowledge and skills. 

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More than 50% of Tanzanian population is made up youth and many of them face unemployment problem therefore to me this is idea is such a blessing to Tanzanian Youth. I support it.

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Yes the youth bulge is a concern, once use well can be an asset , however if not guided it can turn into a risk.

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We use to raise up the voices of youth i think now it is a right time for us to take this opportunity, we'll be happy to see this idea implemented because we believe it will help millions of Youth who are in street without jobs, and it will help those youth who opt for wrong choices like prostitution, drug dealing and theft because of unemployment problem. We support this idea.

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Youth support to this idea will make it effective. And its true there should be a way we should find to restore those among us who have given up and turned to drugs or prostitution for survival or way of forgetting our challenges.

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This is the best idea since it will make youth to understand their position and how  they can cooperate with the government since most of government forget the youth position once they get the position

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Positioning is one very key importance of any individual purpose, and sadly most of fellow youth are lost as to were we stand and our contribution in the community through government planning. So we will be glad to lead into providing insights on this.

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As the young entrepreneurs this is a right time for getting information on what is going on in the government especial on the youth empowerment polices because through this we can escape the problem of unemployment due to the number of challenge that we face on business start-up cost.  

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Yes , we will also focus on making Tanzania Youth understand the Youth Policy and we will tie the Government implementation strategy so as we are all aware, informed and understand our rights to take part in opportunities provided by the government.

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Startups have been a big challenge and I like an idea of linking the youth to local financing institutions, Also I think having a media platform through which youth share their success stories will inspire more business innovations around the region.

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It true, startups face a lot of challenges, and many young businesses started by youth have failed due to lack of essential skills and capacity issues, and that's what we are looking to solve. Training youth how to plan, look for funds, set up business and maintain business with a reliable sustainable plan, with ongoing stories sharing from within youth to motivate each other to keep going and grow their ventured to sustainable businesses.

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As a proactive global citizen and youth led leader of a NGO.I support this project because it doesn't not only provide applied information to youth as how they can acquire financial support but also link them with the responsible  Government department/officers that can nurture their business ideas and advocacy advantage of the fund to inspire other youth through media.

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We appreciate that you have noticed our purposeful approach to round the beneficiaries support so as to ensure success and impact at the same time,our team had a lot of planning to reach out to this approach and we have tested it in a small sample and we are so far happy with initial findings and now are excited to launch it to a greater number of beneficiaries.

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I have been a beneficiary of a program that was almost similar to this one, and it helped me so much to understand business model to manage my idea and taking an advantage of various opportunities available, what is more interest here is the use of media you guys plan to utilize to tell your stories,  and with that i think you guys will inspire many youth in Tanzania.

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Glad that you have tested such a model and find it useful and you have a proof of success :-), and I agree the media component gives us an added advantage to indirectly reach many youth than we will be able to even beyond physical reach.

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Taking into consideration of the ongoing unemployment challenge in Tanzania and that many youth are graduating and end up in the streets without jobs, this could be ideal solution and provide them with an alternative to job sources and income generations even to the youth who come from poverty backgrounds and those who did not get the opportunity to continue with schools for different reasons.

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@Saul am intrigued that you will raise two key issues; graduates that continue to add up in numbers so fast and available job opportunities is failing to meet this demand, also the out of school youth who have talent and skills however most times are forgotten. Our solutions looks to incorporate the demographic of young Tanzanian who are affected by unemployment in various levels and we look to cater diversified business solutions to fit many available cases.

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I support this idea and i do believe once it will be supported and implemented we are going to reduce unemployment problem in our country. This is a light for youth in our country. Big up 

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Nasseebu Nation Thank you so much for your support 

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Nasseebu Nation Glad that you see the light in our proposed solution, this encourages our team to know that we are on the right track :-)

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Is Dodoma part of your priority areas for the initial implementation of your program?

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Venance Magova For the time being we are going to start with Dar es Salaam, then we will go off Dar. But please continue to share this with friends. 

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Venance Magova , though our project pilot phase will start in Dar es Salaam. Our plan is to expand through out Tanzania, and so Dodoma will be part of our upcoming project expansion plan.

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I think its a good idea, and i wish to  the government supporting organizations like yours by partnering together to positively impact youth in Tanzania.

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Ashley Conzalos Thank you for the input. 

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Good thing is the Government is ready to partner @Ashley, so we are excited that soon we will be able to bring this project close to our communities :-)

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I think and believe that the society of today needs ideas like these one to move forward. If we as a nation can put more efforts in implementing and coordinating young people and society at large to air their voices and being heard by the decision makers by investing and implementing in ideas like this, we can be at an advantage side of having a more prosperous society. One of the key things that youth and general society in Tanzania lack is the opportunity to access information, knowledge and platforms in which they can increase access to decision makers and dialoguing which may in turn increase understanding and awareness on different social-economic issues that can help to improve their lives. This idea is very much needed and I congratulate Tanzania Bora for putting it forward.

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Kennedy Mmari We appreciate the input, you have said it well. We believe that working together can be the better solution for different challenges we have in our community and the nation in general. 

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Thank you @Kennedy, and it's true I believe informed citizen's are in best positions to make informed decisions. We plan to amplify the voices of young people by capacitating their business skills and direct them to correct government based sources that will help them to secure  business capital that we believe will not only improve their livehood but contribute to community economy too.

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I think this is a good idea,, congrats for that,, if we will put much effort on this it will help many youth who are trying to start their business but lack fund and government support,, through this youth will be more motivated and hopefully it will reduce the problem of unemployment,,,best of luck on it

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Pius Matunge Asante sana, we appreciate your concern. Please continue to share this with fellow community members. We need to be the change that we always wish for. 

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Thank you for believing in our idea Pius Matunge , we hope you will join us in implementation period in one way or another, we will keep you posted.

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I am excited after reading this program idea. As an entrepreneur, I see an opportunity to join the network of my fellow youth who shares vision of seeing ourselves taking charge of development in Tanzania. I wish to get empowered skills wise and financially so that I can increase capital and capability to produce more in my farming business, so I will be following up on your updates so that this opportunity doesn't skip me when it starts in Dar.

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Thank you for showing an interest in our idea Rehema, kindly visit our website: www.tanzaniabora.org for more information. Stay tuned and don't miss this opportunity when we come to your city.

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Thank you Ismail for the share. We need innovative minds like you guys to liberate our young generation which is finding hard to keep up with the pace in Tanzania due to unemployment and life difficulties, I will pass on the link to my network to benefit too.

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Congrats Abella Bateyunga,Ismail and the whole team, You guys are doing a very  good job, its true that in embracing, celebrating and inspiring entreprenurship, East Africans we are still lagging behind if we compare our selves with our neighbours,The West, North and South, although we have all the potentials of taking it to the higher level. Having movements and initiatives like these one it will help much

How might we expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa?" its such a good question to ask,and On my Opinion The first thing to do is to
1.Promote entreprenurship culture; Such as  Inspiring youth to start business and new innovative ideas,raising their awareness and giving them hope that they can reach their dreams.

2.The second thing is to  build their capacity, ensuring that they have the right skills and they are able to get what ever they need so that they can start and grow their business

3.Access to infomations: The informations on various opportunities are not widely open to youth, so if you have promoted the entreprenurship culture and  youth have the fire burning inside them they will have hunger for more informations on how they can proceed, the problem here always comes is that some government offices are not very friendly in  releasing some of  informations, although to the hard working youth and  a go getter this wont be a problem , he/she will find a way out

For two years now, i have been working on trying to push on some of the things that i believe will takes this region  to the vision that i have, including ,Designing and running  TV & Radio programs that aims at promoting entreprenurship at the mainstream media, Writting articles on websites/blog and newspaper that aims at doing the same, and Conducting Trainings on how to start and grow business , am doing this because it is what i believe will  expand economic opportunities for youth in East Africa

Looking forward to engage with you guys, Thanks 

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@Kikoti How can we ever thank you enough for all contribution you've done? We are so grateful of the opinions. 

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Wow! " shadrack kikoti your ideas are so inspiring, I can see we relate a lot. And your approach and field of work identifies with us, we will indeed would like to meet to exchange ideas and see how we can collaborate.

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Thanks Abella, Please check me on shadrackkikoti@gmail.com so that we can discuss more and see more on how we can collaborate. Welcome

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Thank you for sharing you contacts, we will get in touch. Kind regards

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I find this idea quite enlightening, I'm interested to know if Sumbawanga is one your project target so I can spread this message to my entrepreneur friends who will be interested to be part of such opportunity.

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Thank you Marx Chocha for the great input, please let you know that we will start piloting the program in Dar Es Salaam then on next phase we will go off Dar Es Salaam. Please we will be grateful as you share and spread the message to friends in Dar for mean while. We appreciate your support. 

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Marx Chocha good question, much as we will not be physically in Sumbawanga, our media programs and Parliament engagement will be national wide, so please tune in, we believe this way we will be able to reach even those areas that we will not be piloting on, and we definitely believe we should be able to com to Sumbawanga on our scaling phase. Thank you for your question.

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I'm a university student looking to graduate next year, I'm worried about unemployment challenge as I'm looking to add to the number of unemployed graduates in Tanzania, how can I be part of this program?

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Ally Amiri  your concern represents the majority of Tanzania graduates annually, data show that 900.000 graduate each year leave universities and colleges with no assurance to be employed, and this is what our program is set to do. Please visit our website www.tanzaniabora.org and write to us applying for internship or even being part of this program, once we make it to the end, keep following up.

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Join us to the entrepreneurship Ally Amir, employment challenge is the least of my worries now, I know I have to work hard to keep my business operational but there is so much positive to gain out of this great experience.

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It is true Patrokl Swai , the way trends are going, youth mindset need to change from job seekers to job creators, and we can do it once we get the right guidance.

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You guys are already exciting me with these talks :-) I'm going to pass this information to my friends. If we have more proactive youth like you guys then unemployment will be history in Tanzania.

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@Ally Amiri I had same worries when I was in my undergraduate but I didn't let it distract my focus, I remember to have developed a business idea as a back up but since I didn't have anyone to support me, my idea died in papers. But you don't have to worry no more, you have Serikali Yangu to empower you for self-employment, you will have a platform to meet your fellow youth and experts to mentor you to contribute to designing solutions modals to unemployment in Tanzania.

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Patrokl Swai its great that you raising that, to enlighten you all more: private sector contributes two times more than a public sector in terms of job creation in Tanzania, and the government encourages youth to be more proactive and take central stage in creating employment opportunities so as to fully utilise the 75% of the workforce that is occupied by the youth themselves, and that brings us to our program proposal.

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Please do that @Hassan we want this constructive idea to reach as many youth as possible so that they can take part in the program once it's the turn of their geographical locations in terms of implementation of the project.

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Ally Amiri your concern is great, please visit our website http://www.tanzaniabora.org/ dont hesitate to apply for internship or even part time for this program. We will be grateful to have you. 

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Nimeipenda wazo lenu, ila sasa kwa mfano mimi ni mkulima wa kisasa je hii elimu mnayotoa ni ile ya kuongoza biashara au ni ile ya utaalam kwa maudhui kama ya mkulima?

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Swali zuri Mwalamy Chanzi , elimu tutakayoitoa ni ya kuwa na ujuzi wa kuanzisha na kuongoza biashara kiujumla. Lakini kutakuwa na wataalamu (mentors) ambao tutawaambatanisha na wanafunzi ili weweze kuwapatia muongozo binafsi zaidi juu ya utaalamu wa biashara tofauti. 

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Asante Mwalamy, ni jambo zuri kuona unatumia kilimo cha kisasa kujikimu kimaisha. Kilimo ni moja ya sekta muhim zaidi kwasababu kinachangia zaidi ya 35% ya pato la Taifa na kwenye akiba ya chakula cha nchi kutuepusha na majanga ya njaa, hivyo jikite hapo hapo.

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Asante @Mwalamy Chanzi,  Kwa kifupi zaidi sisi tumeguswa na tatizo la ajira kwa vijana wenzetu. Tunathamini sekta zote zinazoweza kumpatia kijana fursa ya kutanua ujuuzi na wigo la biashara pia. Ukipitia vizuri wazo letu utaona ujuuzi ni moja ya mlengo wetu ila ujuuzi hauwezi kuletwa na sisi tu bali vijana wenzetu kutambua nguvu iliyopo ndani mwao na sisi tutatengeneza mazingira mazuri ya vijana kutumia fursa wanazoziona na wanazomiliki. 

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I'm an entrepreneur running a retail shop, one of the challenges I'm experiencing is limited capital and knowledge to expand my business, what are the procedures to join this program?

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Patrokl Swai , this program will start with youth who currently live in Dar es Salaam, with plans to expands in years to come, are you in Dar es Salaam currently? If so please visit our website www.tanzaniabora.org and contact us. However I will also encourage you to individually follow up on your municipal and inquire on Youth Development Fund  and find out how you and fellow network of youth can benefit from the 5%  government revenue from your municipal, also find a way to involve your MP for closer follow up so that you become an Ambassador for many youth from your area to benefit.

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Thank you for this information, yes I live in Dar es Salaam. I never knew that there is Youth Development Fund set for us to benefit with. I'm going to visit my Ward Executive Officer next week for more information, Ahsante sana

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Glad to have informed you. You are not the only Tanzanian Youth who does not have this critical information, hence why our organization see the need for this program we are initiative. Our Government has plans for us, it's just there is a disconnect between Government intended plans and the strategy to reach the beneficiaries, hence we step in as the bridge between the two important side and assisting while amplifying this great Government initiative to solve unemployment across the youth, across the country.

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Patrokl Swai I would also encourage that you start attending your Ward meetings to find out about the status of development and opportunities available for youth residing in your community.

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I live in Magomeni for 10 years now, we have many youth who have given up their lives because of life hardship. I wish to see this idea brought to this location to bring new hope in Magomeni.

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Glad that you see the sense of our idea working in your area @Hassan we plan to cover all Dar es Salaam constituents for the pilot phase of our program of which indeed Magomeni is one of the area we will cover. 

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Thank you Abella, I will continue to follow up and mkija Magomeni tutawapa ushirikiano.

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 Hassan since Magomeni is one of the target area in Dar es Salaam, we will be very much interested to analyse the level of knowledge and understanding on  entrepreneurship and youth development fund.  I believe if we get to empower them with this knowledge and begin to implement their business ideas, then they will no longer feel left out.

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Nadhani ni idea nzuri kwa vijana kufahamu mambo ya serikali yao zaidi sio tu kuongeza ujuzi na ufahamu Bali Hata kujiongezea kipato kama vijana. Kuna faida nyingi pia kwa Taifa litapata kupitia vijana hususani kuondoa wigo kubwa la vijana wasio na ajira. 

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Kuongeza ujuzi , ufahamu na kipato ndio mpango mzima wa Serikali yangu project

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Apo ongezea na uwezo wa kuzungumza na viongozi wao juu ya maendeleo ya biashara zao, na kuweza kupata vyanzo vya pesa kupitia mfuko wa maendeleo wa jimbo unarahishisha zaidi mchakato wa kutatua tatizo la ajira kwa vijana Tanzania.

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Mazungumzo baina ya vijana na viongozi wao ni jambo la muhimu sana katika kutafuta suluhisho la tatizo la ajira kwa vijana nchini.

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What I truly admire about this article is article is that it also outlines the need for gender equality in the workplace starting with the youth. Most youth (young graduates or entry level workers) are commonly fed the misconception of who has the right gender/legal right for a job. Whereas with this project in effect the massive transformation in thinking will mean rapid growth and change in how information is processed. No longer will the gender card hold in any circumstances with proper training of the youth. Choices and decisions will be made easier for those who have different skills and talents that will indeed benefit their emerging markets as well as their communities. Furthermore, should the government and the private sector combine resources, training for some very relevant skills would take half the time with double the support and efforts. 

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Thank you Ivan for a great contribution, we aim to reach every community member. 

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Good observation Iva, for so long female community in the rural  areas have been subject for less opportunities in both education and livelihood, hence the need for our intervention. This program will both empower them with trainings and platforms for access to finances and through media advocacy for wider reach in order to change the negative mindsets of how people negatively view women when it comes to equal access to opportunities.

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Glad you brought the idea of gender into job market among youth Iva, our project unique side is to see to it that all youth access jobs equally regardless of their gender affiliation.

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fantastically written @Abella, most of the youth in east africa are frustrated with the lack of employment, most of the jobs qualifications need three years experience that means the recently graduated do not have jobs and then there's the loan debt to pay, so most of the youth end up dealing in criminal activities like prostitution and drug dealing just to make ends meet which in turn increases the level of crime in our societies. therefore through entrepreneurship and holding our MPs accountable will take us a step forward and closer to eliminating the unemployment problem completely 

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Glad you see relevance to our proposed solution. Our team is set to coordinate relevant stakeholders who are reponsible directly and indirectly to see solutions to unemployment amongst youth in Tanzania, and we hope that our model can be duplicated across Africa too.

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I think the most important thing to address pressing challenges like unemployment among youth in our community is to invest in public-private partnership, and we can only do this through empowering youth with proper entrepreneurship trainings and link them to access the funds set in the local government authorities and also working together with the youth development officers, and interact with their MPs to effect policy reforms that would support youth development in Tanzania. When this happen, I'm sure the program will address the concern you raised. 

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Ismail Biro what do you think of our project?

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This is a great idea @Abella, I believe thatempowering youth to tackle unemployment through entrepreneurship will help to reduce youth urban migration from the rural areas, since many youth move to town after being frustrated for lack of opportunities in their residing constituencies. Unemployment among youth has also contributed to increasing poverty in Tanzania. I believe that in order to be better able to reduce the skills gap on self-employment, our country needs to invest in improving self-employment opportunities and encourage young people to grab them for the best interest of both individual and our national economy, that is why I am so excited about this program idea.

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I think this idea is the best especially in our region (Songea, Ruvuma) because we experience unemployment problem, we are not that closer to our government officials, please implement this in our region. Thank you

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Thank you, glad you believe our project is  the solution needed in your community

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Songea is one of the areas that we will come to implement this program in the coming phases, we hope you can join and work with us to improve employment situation in your community.

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Mujuni Baitani What do you think of our project?

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Serikali Yangu, Fursa Yangu is more than a solution where diverse set of young population in Tanzania can work together with their leaders pursuing efforts and creating different opportunities. I also see this project as a community-based development that involves partnering with the nation population to fulfill needs of the communities. This project have an inherent and profound benefit for community development because it cultivates local leadership and broaden civic participation in social, political and economic processes.

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I like how you have highlighted how entire community benefits from our project, we look forward to working with various stakeholders of our community

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You are on point Mujuni, that is indeed one of the target for this program.

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I think there is more we can do as youth, we just need that bridge from us to the government and I can see multiple agendas of youth covered through this idea. 

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Multiple agenda is excatly our focus, bringing the gap and bringing leaders close to youth as we discuss and find solutions for unemployment in our together.

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We need people with that positive mindset in Tanzania, we hope you can join us when we mobilise youth for trainings and startup their businesses in your community.

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Serikali yangu, Fursa yangu idea is definitely what is needed in our country today in order to assist the government in reducing one of the world's major challenge "Unemployment"  especially among youth since it will act as a platform in encouraging, empowering, guiding and organising youth in making proper and effective use of different opportunities offered to them. This will contribute greatly to the positive developments young people and their communities at large.

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Indeed a platform is what we are creating, were opportunities are recognised and realised.

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Thank you for the support Frida, we hope that you are an aspiring entrepreneur and you will grab this opportunity once this program start implemented.

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This is a brilliant idea, because for me i believe for a startup to succeed  an entrepreneur don't need capital (fund) but the necessary business skills before being given fund for implementing the whole idea. This initiative will be of benefit and will help young entrepreneurs to successful start and grow their businesses.

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It's true, most startups suffer more on skills gap even before funding need is needed, and this project is there to bridge that.

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I wouldn't disagree, for a startup to sustain itself, it needs someone who has a good knowledge so that they can establish a sound investment, they also need capital and finances to stand up strong, they need proper information on the markets and government regulations so as to be able to capitalise on the available market opportunities.

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Serikali Yangu, Fursa Yangu is a much needed initiative to give Tanzanian youth the skills and resources required for self employment.

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Self employment is the way to go, now imagine working with network of youth to make this possible, we are all very excited to do this.

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And self-employment is one of the sustainable ways to overcome unemployment, it will reduce over-reliance on the government and private sector opportunities that everyone is looking into to the extent that makes competition too high.

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Hi Abella, this looks to be a great initiative for the members of the community from within the community and with such a large potential workforce, a real opportunity exists to motivate the youth towards a path of productivity and self reliance.

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I am glad you think so Harry, we are excited to implement this project and we have such high hope for the same :-)

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I sense a real urgency in the youth of Africa to capture the opportunities available and skills
such as financial literacy and business acumen are a key to attain those goals. The more the
government encourages, the better the outcomes as they are more likely to do more for
their communities and mentor those that come after them.

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URGENCY is indeed the correct term used Harry, the unemployment need is very obvious and the more we put youth on the front line to look for solutions themselves, the more we will be able to produce a more sustainable solution. Youth should no longer be sidelined, but be put in the center of dialogues and planning for community development, especially in the matters that affect them directly.

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Thank you Harry with that observation, I have seen in other countries where things have been so well where there is partnership between the government and citizens, and this program offers that opportunity in Tanzania.

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There are multiple reasons behind the broad rise in unemployment. But this project provides a model for a long-term solution to unemployment. All this can be achieve by showing the importance of national population and government working together to address the problem and finding the solutions. The government can have the scale to reach the unemployed citizens, but also it’s our duty to ensure that we cooperate. In a really sense the government is the people, so with collective effort we can make long-term commitment needed to solve unemployment in Tanzania.  

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I wouldn't have said it better than you have captured it Mujuni, its true the Government is people, so both leaders and citizens are responsible to forge solutions to community challenges together, and unemployment being one of them.

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Understood

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Glad you have understood us :-)

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With that understanding, I have no doubt that we have a team that knows the core to the unemployment challenge that many youth face in Tanzania, glad to be working with you in this program @Mujuni

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Thank you very much, we hope you will be among those who will grab this opportunity once we start implementing the program.

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Running a startup is not easy. I believe not everyone is priviledged to access mentors or special entreprenuership programs and other business related skills.Thank you Abella Bateyunga with Tanzaniabora Initiative for reaching out, and help us,young people to realise our dreams.Great idea!

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Glad you think its a great idea Najma, and it's true, running a startup becomes hard when there is no clear guidance and mentors who have gone before you, to teach you how to go about it, we hope this project will be able to raise a network of Tanzanian youth who will encourage peer learning, exchange of business skills and support mechanism that will look to provide a sense of purpose and better livelihood for many Tanzanian youth.

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Indeed its not easy @Najma, and this has been caused by both financial and skills gap, when we empower you guys with knowledge and show you where to access funds to support your startups, I'm sure you will make it and business will grow.

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Gongratulation to Tanzania Bora Initiative, to the executive Abella Bateyunga I always look at you and wish we could have many people like you, this is a great opportunity to us young people in Tanzania to get to know our government well and to take the opportunitie gave by government so that we can make sure we get to know how we can manage to work on our esponsibilities in our communities. Thankx to Abella Bateyunga for the great initiative 

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Glad I get to inspire you Radhia, and I agree with you, we indeed need more initiatives that will bring youth close to leaders and cause dialogues that will provide opportunities to forge solutions together, and give hope to many Tanzanian Youth of whom apathy defines them currently.

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Not only dialogue, don't forget the media aspect which is very powerful tool to positively transform societies when used correctly, I see many people getting inspired and motivated to take actions when this program kick start and get stories covered for both awareness and inspirations.

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Thanks a lot, the team behind this unusual happening project that is unique on its own. Youth participation, skills, education and decision making are key for open government revolution and accountability. Keep up with the great work guys. 

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Thank you Badru Juma. It true for a long time people had few resources and lack of platform that would enable them to advance their interests or negotiate with the Government but with Serikali Yangu all is possible.

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Thanks Badru for your encouragement, and indeed we will keep up the good work. We believe so to that this project is unique and will provide opportunity to many youth who usually get bypassed or have no idea where to start in searching for better livelihood.

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Our motto is empower with knowledge, and platforms for them to engage in production and governance, and the result will be positive both to the economy and governance in Tanzania. Thank you for your encouragement.

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I like the approach used by this program to identify how weak structures for entrepreneurship and governance are one of the causes for youth unemployment in Tanzania. It would be ideal to see this program and see how contributes to bridging the two gaps. It is impressive to see that the project recognizes the realities of the geographical and organisational scales that are prevalent in the target areas. For a successful implementation, I recommend that effective arrangements to be developed on the two scales for more relevance and addressing of the needs.

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Weak structure that hinders growth of entrepreneurship is one of our focus, and indeed we are set into bridging the gap between youth and policy makers to create a more sustainable solution, glad you will be joining us into implementation :-)

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Me too, it is our responsibility to work hard and think creatively so as to contribute to the solutions our societies are looking for achieve sustainable development, and with this program, I see ourselves doing justice to ourselves, happy to be in the team :-)

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Africa needs to engage her people, particularly the youth in empowerment programmes for development. This is a program in that respect, targeted at expanding the economic opportunities available to young Tanzanians. It should be supported!

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We are grateful that you recognise our efforts to support young Africans towards economic liberation. It has to be do, and we as young people are the ones to do it.

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Thank you Lamin, it does that and seek to provide spaces for young Tanzanians to constructively demand for good governance and transparency on the access to youth development fund within their constituencies.

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Indeed it is a helpful program which will empower youth in many spheres. it will give insight, power and understanding on dealing with unemployment among youth. I totally I agree that it will bring positive outcome on youth once they know how to access these funds, and have proper skills and knowledge in empowering themselves.  

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Asante sana Maana , we are glad you find the idea viable and that you see the outcome to be positive and empowering, we are encouraged :-)

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Great input Maana, the beauty about this program is that it doesn't empower alone, but it also give youth the right direction to do something for their lives and at the same time be able to engage in constructive interactions with their leaders, and with this we can no longer say that youth are apathetic when it comes to governance matters.

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Empowering our youth is a brilliant idea. It's my believe that this initiative will be a stepping stone to support the Government efforts in reducing unemployment facing our youth today.  That being said, if it's going to be replicated in other regions,   the Tanzania Bora Initiative will not only make Tanzania bora but also will make the country safe by eradicating a timed bomb (unemployment).

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I like the idea that we stand a chance to replicate the project across the country and that you see our solution as an answer to security issue too, since unemployment not well handled misplace Youth into other not very useful or neither safe activities for surviving. We aim to give decent opportunities that will improve livelihood and youth dignity.

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I agree with you Esam, when we are able to eradicate unemployment, youth will able to contribute to the income of every constituency and eventually national income will rise, and Tanzania will be better.

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Wow!!Very strategical  and exiting Project I ever heard.
I hope, thru this project, you will help our Government to bridge the unemployment gap, connect the youth minds and take our Tanzania to the best social & economic level.
Best of luck guys!!!!!

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Bridging unemployment gap is exactly the focus Amina Ahmed  , we hope most Tanzania Youth will benefit from the initiative and find it relevant to even encourage more youth to join the soon to be established networks.

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This program will not only bridge the unemployment gap among the youth but also provide an opportunity for them to directly interact with their duty bearers as they follow up on to access the youth development fund, hence promote transparency and good governance.

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I'm impressed with this initiative and I wish young people in West Africa too replicate such in our continent. Thumps up! And continue the great work.

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Glad that you can identify with an East African challenge to Youth employability, this goes to say we should encourage more cross learning amongst African youth so that we contribute positively towards changing our social,political and economic concerns.