In advocating for Youth access to the Empowerment funds for groups of Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities (4-4-2), we had an educative radio session with TBC FM – a local radio station that reaches youth in all 26 regions of Tanzania. During this session, we talked about the promises made to youth in the Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP II), while sharing strategic opportunities with youth in economic development especially on the 10% loans by the Local Government Councils. The response from youth was very positive, having over 100 respondents enquiring more about the prerequisites and their eligibility in attaining this loan.
For 3 years now, UNA Tanzania has been a liaison between young people and the government through providing information and awareness on the Empowerment Funds as an economic right for young people to have from the government and improve their economic situations. To date, we have reached over 3000+ young people that have benefited from the funds, 21 clusters in 8 regions in Tanzania.
UNA Tanzania aims to amplify young people’s voices and share the challenges with the policy makers not only for the funds but to make sure young people are part and are engaged in making sure they are not left behind in decision making and the Sustainable Development as a whole.