In Tanzania, youth make up approximately one third of the population. Tamasha surveyed youth from eight districts in Tanzania and found that the rights and needs of young people are not being addressed. Young people have few resources and lack institutions that would enable them to advance their interests or negotiate with the Government. In most cases, young people are being used as voluntary (unpaid) labour to execute decisions reached by elders. The survey also found that when young people are given the chance to participate in governance, they are enthusiastic and effective. The policy brief recommends several actions to address this situation, including nationwide advocacy to change attitudes towards young people and build the understanding that they are key players in development. Read the full research brief.
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