Tanzania has relatively stable economic growth, but is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Economic growth has not benefited the entire population and there is a big difference between rich and poor.

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MyRight's member organization RBU visits the partner organization ASBAHT in Tanzania. In the picture we see Maimuna and her mother together with Ina Åkerberg from RBU.

Examples of MyRight's work in Tanzania

For many years, MyRights has worked to strengthen the partner organizations in Tanzania, including various educations, so that they can even better conduct advocacy work and collaborate with various actors.

Tanzania has a relatively favorable disability legislation, but the decision-makers lack knowledge and plans for how the change work will be implemented and how the laws will be complied with. Our partner organizations have, among other things, used the media to spread knowledge about the situation of people with disabilities.

People with albinism are particularly vulnerable in Tanzania and are at high risk of violence and even death. The work of our partner organizations has, among other things, led to the government conducting a nationwide campaign to identify suspected perpetrators and several people have been convicted. New rules have also been introduced to make it possible for children with albinism to go to school.

MyRight and its partner organizations have also begun to pay attention to the need for accessibility for people with disabilities in humanitarian and disaster relief and prevention efforts.

Together with other actors, MyRight in Tanzania has conducted advocacy work with students to create awareness of the rights of people with disabilities and of the UNCRPD.

MyRight's partner organisation in Tanzania

  • Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Tanzania (ASBAHT)
  • Tanzania League of the Blind (TLB)
  • Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS)
  • Zanzibar National Association of the Blind (ZANAB)
  • The Tanzania Federation of Disabled People's Organizations (SHIVYAWATA)

In the African region, MyRight also has a regional project coordinated by the African Union of the Blind (AFUB). The project aims to strengthen the rights of people with visual impairments and monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Focus countries for the project are Botswana and Ethiopia.

Stories from Tanzania