Young Leaders Forum

BACKGROUND

In Tanzania, 64 percent of the population is under 24 and those aged (15-35) account for 34 percent of the entire population - thus, youths make up the vast majority of the population. This demographic numerical advantage derives the potential to influence the political direction and support democratic change in the country.

Even though youth are majority, they are not sufficiently represented in the decision-making bodies and procedures due to oftentimes unrepresentative, undemocratic and hierarchical structures. As a result, their influence to bring about social, economic and political change is marginalized.

Besides that, youth are often most profoundly affected by multiple challenges such as unemployment, lack of proper education, lack of representative participation mechanisms which all together hinder their capacity to become influential change agents in spite of their potential.

Youth and young socio-economic activists remain to be the foundation of any society, and harnessing their potential is of great importance for the country’s socio-economic and political development. This calls for a political education and discussion programme which focuses on promoting youth perspectives on pertinent political, economic and social matters. 

THE YOUNG LEADERS FORUM

Since 2000, FES Tanzania has been running its Young Leaders Forum in which youth from different social and political backgrounds have been brought together for critical discourse and exchange in a non-partisan, objective and constructive manner. The YLF provides the platform for active young minds and political activists to learn about, discuss and critically interrogate issues of social justice and democracy in the country and in sub-Saharan Africa at large. It is a multi-disciplinary programme which focuses on various social, economic and political matters at the local, national, regional, continental and global level to nurture a political activism by the youth which is dynamic and transformational.  

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The main objectives of the programme are

  • To enable young citizens to actively engage politically and to contribute to opening up the institutions for citizen participation;
  • To build a network of young change-makers from different backgrounds who will instigate positive change to social, economic and political challenges pertinent in the country;
  • To bring awareness among the youth towards their rights and responsibilities;

METHODS

A combination of knowledge inputs, group works, role plays, debating formats, case studies and practical visits. Besides that the trainees will also conduct some simple research and studies to augment their analytical and critical thinking which is imperative for transformational leadership.

PARTICIPANTS

Eligible candidates for joining the Young Leaders Forum must be youth aged between 21-35 years who are politically active and engaged in socio-economic matters. Their form of engagement can consist in active participation in youth bodies of political parties, trade unions, or youth associations, but they may equally as much show their activist approach in a different approach and sphere of society.

The YLF will accommodate not more that 35 participants at a time, with a strictly applied gender equality in participation - women will occupy at least 18 slots. Due to the specific historical and constitutional set-up of the United Republic of Tanzania,  Zanzibar-based candidates will be adequately represented in the programme.

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Events

07/12/2019

Youth Activist Workshop: Breaking the Chain

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04/27/2019

Accountability and Monitoring of Public Resources in Songea

In a bid to promote youth engagement in accountability and monitoring of public resources, from 26th to 27th April 2019, FES Tanzania in collaboration with alumni of its Young Leaders Forum, organized a training with representatives from civil society organizations and political parties in Songea region. The meeting aimed to raise awareness on how youth can engage in the decision making process and track the public expenditure systems. They were enabled with the knowledge and skills on how to conduct Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) and Public Expenditure Tracking Systems (PETs).

 


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03/22/2019

Pre Budget Youth Dialogue

In a spirit of inclusion and citizen participation in the budget process, FES Tanzania in collaboration with Wezesha Foundation organized a pre-budget dialogue where young men and women from different youth organizations based in Dar es Salaam participated.


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Latest Publications

08/11/2020

Intraparty Candidate Nomination - A Gender Analysis

The United Republic of Tanzania is approaching general elections on 28 October 2020. Currently, the political parties participating in these elections are undergoing the internal process of nominating their candidates for councilor, parliamentary and presidential posts. To which extent are women included in this process, and are the nomination processes of selected political parties in Tanzania gender responsive and inclusive?


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12/17/2019

The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019

The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2019 is the sixth edition of the AMB in the East African country. The AMB gives an overview of developments in media legislation and practice in the country since the last edition in 2015 on the basis of the assessment of national experts from the sector. It makes several recommendations for reform to ensure a diverse, free and impartial media landscape.


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02/23/2019

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