The National Youth CSOs Election Consortium Formed
On the 18th September, the National Youth CSOs Election Consortium was formed as a result of consultations between 50 youth-led and youth-serving organizations and youth networks from Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar representing National and grassroots youth organizations. The National youth CSOs Elections Consortium is guided by the principle of inclusion by having National Youth CSOs, regional youth networks and grassroots youth organizations as part of the consortium, the Tanzania Higher Learning Institutions Students Organization (TAHLISO) is the mobilizing partner for youth and students in higher learning institutions, colleges, and universities.
The five main areas that will be given priority are Education, Health (including sexual reproductive health and rights), Economic empowerment & inclusion and youth participation in decision-making processes.
One of the key outcomes of the consortium is the development of the Tanzania Youth Manifesto 2019, which has already started by identifying key priority areas for youth in Tanzania The Consortium Secretariat is co-led by Tanzania Youth Vision Association (TYVA), United Nations Association of Tanzania (UNA), Mulika Tanzania, Youth of the United Nations Association of Tanzania (YUNA), African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYan Tanzania) and Peace Life for People with Disability Foundation(PLPDF). The Consortium will continue collaborating closely with the National Election Commission (NEC) and Ministry responsible for youth and other stakeholders to ensure that the youth agenda is at the forefront of the coming elections.