DFID Tanzania paving the pathway to greater youth engagement

The Department for International Development (DFID) Tanzania's Office recently established a Youth Advisory Group to bring greater youth participation in their work. Youth For Change Tanzania's Petrider is part of this group - she shares an update on what they've been doing so far.

Some of the Youth Advisory Group of the Department for International Development (DFID) Tanzania Office attended a breakfast meeting with the Director General from DFID UK Ms Lindy Cameron, and the Head of DFID’s Tanzania office Mr. Vel Gnanendra.

The meeting was held at the British High Commissioners Residence and featured a conversation centered on Tanzanian youth engagement in DFID programmes. It highlighted the lessons learnt about how youth can help tackle the challenges facing other young people and community members, and represent their views to key stakeholders.

The Youth Advisory Group, alongside Lindsay Cameron and Vel Gnanendra

The Youth Advisory Group, alongside Lindsay Cameron and Vel Gnanendra

Currently DFID Tanzania has a Youth Advisory Group which serves to bring together young people to learn more on strategies to enhance development in communities, and support the work DFID does within the country through around 50 operational programmes .

Ms Cameron was really impressed by the work we’ve managed to do so far within the community - including reviewing DFID programmes such as improving rural roads, access to education andwork on Tanzania’s recent election.

During the conversation we spoke on the barriers facing young people in Tanzania, which range from poverty, unemployment, poor education, insufficient support for young entrepreneurs, to mention just a few.

It gives us an access point to question our government on the effective use of the assistance to enhance development within the country

Working with DFID Tanzania through the Youth Advisory Group is a stepping stone towards greater youth engagement, and lets us oversee the great activities that DFID supports in Tanzania.

It gives us an access point to question our government on the effective use of the assistance to enhance development within the country - as young people, it challenges us to increase the ability of such programmes to spearhead development in communities.

Hear more from the Youth For Change Tanzania team here.