Project information

Inspiring change for girls in Tanzania

Adolescence is a crucial time for girls. Given the right support, they stay in school, delay their first birth and build their health, social, and economic assets. BRAC supports young girls through Girls' Clubs, safe spaces where they are able to learn crucial life skills and build better futures.

3 years

Charity information: BRAC

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  • Need


    Adolescence is a critical juncture between childhood and adulthood, abound with challenges that may determine the course of a teenager's future. Tanzania has one of the highest child-marriage rates in the world: almost two out of five girls are married before their 18th birthday. Some also face a higher risk of contracting HIV or being victims of gender-based violence. These girls rarely get the chance to finish school or consider careers.


    BRAC provides Girls' Clubs, a safe place where girls can express themselves and socialise whilst learning vital life skills for the future, such as financial literacy, family planning and entrepreneurial skills. Through peer-to-peer learning and training girls grow in knowledge and confidence, becoming powerful and participating members of their communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduction of poverty and empowerment of girls and marginalised groups in society


    » Create safe spaces for teenage girls so they may increase their social network and rely on trusting relationships in times of need
    » Deliver relevant life skills training for girls to practice greater agency in everyday decision-making opportunities
    » Provide peer tuition in maths, English and science for girls not enrolled in school
    » Provide livelihood training and microfinance skills to improve their earning power and business development

    What success will look like

    Improvements in girls’ confidence, self worth, knowledge, marketable skills, literacy and numeracy, ability to participate meaningfully in decisions that affect their lives

  • Impact


    Some girls will become successful running small businesses by promoting their confidence and influence. Some (over 19) will be trained as adolescent leaders and given a small honorarium. The voices of girls and women will become stronger in communities and beyond.

    They will grasp opportunities to influence policy makers to make changes at local, regional and national levels, further driving the changes this project aims to achieve.


    BRAC tracks and maintains all project risks on a risk register.


    BRAC reports regularly to institutional donors, trusts and foundations that have provided funding. We will provide regular reports to all donors who provide funding for this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,184

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,250 Basic training For 1,800 girls
      £1,080 Refresher training For 1,800 girls
      £1,260 Life skills training For 1,800 girls
      £1,050 Travel costs For 30 adolescent leaders
      £5,544 Honorarium For 30 adolescent leaders
  • Background


    Challenges for adolescent girls in Tanzania include: barriers to accessing quality primary education; early pregnancy and marriage; increased risk of HIV/AIDS; gender discrimination; and lack of awareness of reproductive health, family planning and their rights. 41% of adolescent girls get married and 25% become pregnant before they turn 18 (UNICEF Annual Report 2008). Over 200,000 Tanzanians are infected with HIV annually. Completion for primary education is extremely low at 53%.


    Vulnerable teenage girls aged 10 to 19, the majority out of school (at least 65%), who face daily challenges caused by their economic and social situations (e.g. poverty, gender based violence, early marriage and early pregnancy) will be the primary beneficiaries. These girls were identified though household baseline surveys and primary data from government sources.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    BRAC provides support services in primary healthcare, agriculture and livestock, and adolescent development, reaching more than a million people in Tanzania. BRAC has prioritised disadvantaged teenage girls and addressed their vulnerabilities resulting from unemployment and early marriage through interventions in financial empowerment and skills training.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    BRAC Tanzania

    BRAC Tanzania has led the programme design, budgeting, risk assessment, monitoring and evaluation, financial reporting and partnerships.