Our Organization has a strong track record in enhancing and harnessing gender equality and the economic empowerment of women especially the poorest and most excluded women from economically empowerment programs and benefit from development. We have proven capacity to develop and implement programs that build the technical and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of out of school adolescent girls, teenage mothers and young women which enable them earning livelihoods development from sustainable energy value chains, agriculture and water and sanitation both as entrepreneurs and as technical service providers.
GBFS has extensive experience in working on women’s economic empowerment issues, including on: informal and micro enterprise development; technical and business skills development; value chain development with a gender lens; economic rights of women, Entrepreneurship development, Sustainable Agribusiness and energy value chain development
The overall outlook of GBFS’s programs is to enhance formation of Formal and Non-Formal Technical Vocational Education Training and entrepreneurial skills development opportunities provision for livelihoods development by out of school adolescent girls, teenage mothers and young women out of school increased; and developing Economic empowerment of out of school adolescent girls, teenage mothers and young women in Tanzania.
In dealing with women programs in Tanzanian communities, GBFS has strongly experienced works to support the following interventions.
- Conducting labour and marketing need assessment to assess potentiality of women livelihood opportunities available in different regions of Tanzania.
- Conduct Stakeholders meeting in order to lead the introduction of the projects/programs dealing with women and seeking means for establishing collaborations as well as identifies areas for improvement.
- Facilitating selection of targeted groups of women to be enrolled in the project under prescribed criteria
- Facilitate conduction of Basic Life Skills – soft skills – to all selected targeted groups of women for the projects/programs
- Facilitate conduction of Business Development Skills trainings (BDS)
- Facilitate conduction of Technical skills/ practical training
- Facilitating On-job Training or internship sessions to all selected groups of women for wage/self –employment.
- Exposing women beneficiaries groups to different business opportunity through different business occasions i.e Trade fair, exhibitions, forums etc
- Facilitating women group formation and constitutional development
- Facilitating development of Women Groups –Led- Enterprises
- Facilitation implementation of Women Saving & Lending Association Groups and establishment of Women Business Models
- Linking of Women developed enterprises to regional Micro Financial Institutions (MFIs) for funds accessing.
- Linking all Women developed enterprises to all potential business stakeholders
- Linking all Women developed enterprises to all potential markets potentials of their products/services
- Exposing all women developed enterprises to business networks and other business channels
- Facilitating mentoring and coaching sessions to all women developed groups.
According to the 2012 National Population and Housing Census, youth unemployment poses a very serious challenge to the achievement of Tanzania Development Vision. The Tanzanian labour force (ages 15 – 64) includes 23.5 million people, or 52.2% of the total population is under unemployment; and the youth population (ages 15 – 35) is 15.6 million (equivalent to 66.4% of the labour force) is among the column. The unemployment rate among young people aged 15 – 24 years is 13.4%. Unemployment varies by gender, with 14.3% of females and 12.3% of males unemployed. Urban areas are hardest hit by unemployment, reaching 22.3% compared to 7.1% in the rural areas
The Government of Tanzania plays great role to create enabling environment for effective youth participation in economic activities in agricultural and renewable energy sector. However, there has been low participation of youth in the sectors mentioned, which necessitates the Ministries concerned to come up with a specific strategy to promote youth involvement in agricultural and renewable energy economic activities. Efforts has also been made to involve Public Private Partnership Program (PPPP) to support the implementation of the strategy, programs and policies regarding youth involvements. As a results of the engagement, GBFS play the following role to support youth development programs
- Facilitating Youth group formation and constitutional development
- Development and digestion of paying business ideas/activities for the Youth group
- SWOT/ PESTL analysis of the developed business ideas/activities
- Evaluation of business Ideas/business opportunity ( Feasibility and Viability status)
- Training on Basic life skills (soft Skills) for personal/self-identification
- Training on Business Development Skills (Ways of doing business successful) including Business management, administration, Financial, Marketing, sales, Operations, partnership, Business contracts, etc
- Development of Business documents (Business Plan and Business Proposal) to guide business operation
- Leading youth groups on implementation of the business idea based on the developed business documents
- Facilitating development of youth Groups- Led – Enterprises.
- Facilitating formation and development of Youth Saving & Lending Association Models
- Exposing groups members to different business opportunities through attending different business occasions like Trade fair, exhibitions, forums etc
- Linking groups to regional Micro Financial Institutions (MFIs) for accessing funds
- Linking groups to potential business stakeholders
- Linking groups to potential markets of their products
As a response to the increasing number of vulnerable families and children, GBFS set up programs for supporting home based centers as well as family strengthening programs operating to different children/orphanage centers in Tanzania. The programs developed help in provision of tools for supporting caring for children who can’t live with their families but able to live in centers, and investing in education and health in the area of services
GBFS works to provide technical skills and knowledge to care givers in order to further give compassionate support in a form of quality alternative care to children who can no longer live with their parents. Every child has the right to quality care. Quality care means a safe and caring environment for the child to grow and reach their full potential. GBFS work with centers which work with communities and states to provide a loving home for children who need alternative care and to prevent family breakdown. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of child caring programs in all our partnered centers and work with governments and communities to improve alternative child care systems. We believe that, whenever possible, children should grow up with their biological families. Despite the best efforts of authorities and Centers – Family Strengthening Department, family breakdown is sometimes unavoidable
Through such working framework, GBFS do providing the following programs in terms of training and facilitation as well as consultancy services to care givers attached to children’s’ centers;
- Home Based capacity building programs to staff/care givers
- Family based strengthening programs to staff/care givers
- Child rights and child protection programs to staff/care givers
- Empowering young people through Entrepreneurship and job searching skills