Improving access to natural resources for indigenous communitiesMinority Rights Group Africa (MRGA)
A summary of the Tanzania contextual analysis revealed thought-provoking insights on the following four marginalised and discriminated groups -which are aligned to the overall global target groups for Voice.
Women continue to face exploitation, abuse and/or violence. Harmful traditional customs like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is still a prevalent practice in some part of the country. Sexual abuse, exploitation, and coercion are prevalent expressions of violence against women. They continue to experience marginalisation in access and control of productive resources including land and access to decent employment.
With 6% of the population living with a disability, especially children with disabilities from ethnic minorities (such as the Maasai), are invisible as they are denied access to social life. Disability in most cases is considered an abomination. Many children face total exclusion and denial of basic services (health, education) and consequently leading to a higher infant mortality rate among children with disabilities as compared to others. Tanzania records one of the highest child marriage prevalence rates in the world. On average, almost 40% of girls will be married before their 18th birthday. The rate of human and child trafficking is on the rise with many young men and women trafficked across towns to undertake commerical sex work. Despite these challenges for children and youth there exists no structure or coordinating mechanism to enable youth and children’s participation in strategic policy engagement with government.
Incidences of violent violation of rights are regularly reported on indigenous groups and ethnic minorities. These groups have protested against land grabbing, loss of lives, mining activities, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment by state institutions. The situation is similar for the elderly where reports of the killings of elderly women being accused of witchcraft are rife.
For a more succint presentation of the key issues please see the attached infographics.
Based on the context analysis, projects funded by Voice will need to address one or more of the impact themes:
Improving access to (productive) resources (finance, land and water) and employment
Improving access to social services, health and education in particular
Fostering space for political participation, human rights promotion and protection
For suggestions on potential project ideas and focus areas for Voice please read the document attached here. We especially encourage applications from consortia, innovative partnerships and/or networks.
On 2nd March 2017, Voice launched officially in Tanzania in the presence of the Regional Director of Hivos East Africa and a representative from the Netherlands Embassy. Voice is managed by a consortium of Oxfam (Novib) and Hivos, while in Tanzania; Voice is implemented by Hivos East Africa with a small team based in Dar Es Salaam.
The project targets the most marginalised and most discriminated groups in Tanzania exploring innovative ways of making a difference in their lives. Voice hinges on the policy of 'Leave No One Behind' and targeting the furthest behind. This is the commitment in the manifesto from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that no citizen of a nation, community or group of people is excluded in its country's development.