Geto To Know Us

TAMASHA stands for Swahili acronym Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi kwa Vijana
A Youth Participatory Development Institute

TAMASHA was co-founded in 2006 by three close friends all working with young people long enough to believe that they are the change that we so desperately yearn for, in our communities. The aim is to secure the rightful space for young people so they can actively contribute to the development of their societies using participatory and appreciative approaches.

It was officially registered in Tanzania in April 2007 and later on in Kenya in 2012 but with a pan-African perspective set up in response to the increasing attention being paid to the youth question in the world.

Since its registration, TAMASHA has deliberately kept a fairly low profile because it wished to prove itself through its work before requesting funding to institutionalize and consolidate and expand its work. However, it has been recognized by and has worked with various donors including UN agencies (UNICEF in Tanzania and throughout Africa, UNFPA, UNESCO), and bilateral government agencies (USAID) as well as other international organizations.


Provide a critical youth perspective on all aspects of development and lobby for the inclusion of adolescents and young people as a whole and the most marginalized groups of young people in particular.


Adolescents and young people realize their rights and their rightful place at the center of development in their communities and nation, in Tanzania, East Africa and in Africa as a whole.


Here are the objectives we strive to achieve:

  1. Develop strong teams of young facilitators committed to participatory youth development.
  2. Sponsor research, with young people in all areas related to youth.
  3. Create electronic networks of young activists across Tanzania, Africa and beyond to share experience and innovations.
  4. Use the media to promote public debate on issues relating to young people.
  5. Bring together innovative thinkers and activists to review ‘accepted wisdom and methodologies’ of youth development and publicizing their findings.
  6. Set and maintain standards of participation and development of young people in all areas.
  7. Promote the learning and capacity development of young people through:
  8. Develop a ‘coalition for young people’ by bringing together and promoting the learning of all organisations and institutions working with young people and set and monitor standards for participation of young people in their organisations.