• Focus: Decent Work and Labour Rights, phase 2
  • Started Year: 2017
  • Finishes Year: 2020
  • Partners:
    Trade unions

    Tanzania Mines, Energy, Construction and Allied Workers (TAMICO)
    (Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions and Hospital and Allied Workers - KUDHEIHA)
    (Kenya Shipping, Clearing and Warehouse Workers Union - KSCWWU)
    Youth Organisations
    Africa Youth Trust
    Open Mind Tanzania (OMT)
    Youth Alive Kenya (YAK)
    Tanzania Youth Vision Association
    Youth for Africa
  • Funding: The Civil society Fund (10.000.000 DKK)


Overall objective

The overall development objective is that employment conditions in Kenya and Tanzania improve and that youth have access to decent employment in line with existing national and international labour laws and regulations.


Immediate objectives

  1. Strengthened capacity of partner trade unions in Kenya and Tanzania to advocate for and create awareness about workers’ rights and respect of labour market legislation contribute to improved working conditions.


  • Output 1.1: The training of 192 out of the targeted 200 increased the capacity of shop-stewards to address workplace disputes, conflicts and improve working conditions for workers.
  • 80 per cent (10288 out of 12860) of the workers targeted in the programme were assessed to have increased their knowledge and awareness on their rights after being trained by the 192 shop-stewards.
  • There has been significant reduction of workplace discrimination with over 80 per cent increase in the provision of personal protective equipment.
  • All serious accidents were reported and recorded by the shop-stewards and there was marked improvement of over 80 per cent of serious accidents reported from all targeted workplaces.
  • Output 1.2: The capacity building of partner trade unions in negotiation techniques, development of recruitment strategies contributed to increased membership averaging 35 per cent with some partners recording over 100 per cent increase.
  • A Total of 21 Recognition agreement out of programme target of 30 signed among partners in the programme was achieved increasing the capacity of trade unions to increased membership and more CBAs
  • 60 per cent increase in the number of CBAs lead to between 12 and 17 per cent salary increment with some partners achieving 100 per cent conversion of casual workers to permanent employment. Occupational safety and health issues included in some CBAs.
  • Output 1.3: All trade union partners increased their capacity to address workplace issues through advocacy and development and implementation of advocacy strategy. Casualization was identified as an advocacy issue by all partners and interventions developed and implemented leading to increased awareness among 12557 of the targeted 20,000 Also led to engagement with the government and employers
  • Output 1.4: All National Executive Board of the partner trade unions increased their capacity to oversee and monitor the implementation of union activities and management of resources through strategic plan development and financial management improvement plan.
  • Financial procedures developed in line with good practices and continuously implemented under the leadership of the national executive board.
  • Output 1.5: Training of the National Executive board in democratic governance, active member participation and the development and review of constitution led to improved democracy and governance. Policies on women and youth representations developed increased participation of young workers and women in the leadership of the union and trade union activities.
  • Output 1.6: The review of the curriculum for Tom Mboya Labour College Increased the capacity of the college to be more attractive to the trade unions as it improved in quality and responded to their capacity needs. At least 20 unions made a pledge to be sending their members and leaders to the college on a monthly basis, and at least 15 out of 44 affiliates of COTU made an instant commitment to regularly finance training while the remaining made commitment. This translated to over 50 per cent increase.
  • Output 1.7: organisational capacity of Tom Mboya Labour College to manage capacity building of trade union leadership was enhanced through development of the strategic plan, training of the board in governance and review of the financial procedures and reporting. There was a more critical follow up through planning, budgeting and reporting on the college activities and finances by the board and the management.
  • Overall there was a marked improvement on Effective engagement of employers and governments in Kenya and Tanzania by trade unions which contributed significantly to improved working conditions and better welfare for workers in the programme


  1. The strengthened capacity of partner youth organisations in Kenya and Tanzania to create awareness and to advocate for increased and improved job opportunities for youth has contributed to better conditions for establishing sustainable businesses and increased success in their job seeking.


  • More than 51,935 young men and women have been reached through information activities creating awareness of labour market opportunities in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Output 4.1: Internal organisational and financial structures of 4 partner organisations have improves: IPs are reviewing board composition and structures to embrace governance structures promoting accountability.
  • Youth organisations are attracting extra partnership opportunities for instance TYVA has increased its partnership base and extended its partnerships with FNF Germany, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Tax Justice Coalition, Youth NGOs Coalition, Tanzania human rights defenders coalition, East African Youth Network among others. OMT has received accreditation from Molly’s network.
  • There is also intra-organisational partnership across countries with AYT nominating a board representative from TYVA for knowledge exchange especially on building member-based organisations.
  • Output 4.2: All IPs have improved board structure by involving beneficiaries in board selection. AYT will now have focal organisations in all the 47 counties in Kenya who will be key in determining board nomination and appointment. YOA is also in the process of receiving the board and decision-making organs to improve democratic governance ideals.
  • Output 5.1: Petitions on establishing Tanzanian National Youth Council made to parliamentarians in Dodoma. The national Youth Council is now at the stage of setting up structures of its secretariat.
    • The national employment bill that addresses the issues of youth including internship possibilities was passed in Kenya. In the second phase the implementation of the act will be updated
    • Campaign to streamline Youth access to government procurement opportunities in Kenya (AYT) through the Jipeshughuli network and the duty bearers working on submissions
    • Submissions made to the County Government of Nairobi budget committee to allocate resources to youth initiatives. The county government of Nairobi has included some of the initiatives like information activities and trainings into the budget lines.
  • Output 5.2: the local government in Dar es Salaam (including Tanzania Employment Service Agency (TAESA) and youth officers in Dar Municipality) have improves their capacity to support youth’s access to decent jobs. As a result of the trainings from the program, they are now serving more young people.
    • The youth sector in the county government of Mombasa is supporting more youth (an increase of more than 20% compared to 2014) to set up enterprices and acquire jobs.
  • Output 5.3: 4893 young men and women in Kenya and Tanzania have been trained and acquired employability skills. More than 24 per cent acquired jobs
  • Output 5.4: 5034 young man and women in Kenya and Tanzania trained and acquired skills in business and enterprise development. More than 29 percent have started their own businesses and have improved their livelihoods.


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