Economic empowerment for women in Tanzania

by Australian Volunteers program



The Australian Volunteers program helps women in Tanzania become economically empowered. Through mentoring and training, volunteers support women to find jobs, start businesses and become leaders.

Project implemented: 2011

Project goal

Deploy Australian volunteers to support women’s economic independence and empowerment Tanzania.

delivering on

why is this project important?

In Tanzania, women are less likely to have access to education, and often balance unpaid care work with paid work. Australian volunteers are working to change this by supporting women in Tanzania to earn an income, start businesses and develop leadership skills with a range of partners in the region.

Key steps to make it happen

1Supporting businesses

Australian volunteers are supporting women entrepreneurs by helping grow and sustain their business initiatives.


Australian volunteers are educating women, including much needed financial literacy training.

3Skills and training

The Australian Volunteers program is providing skill development and training to support women to find meaningful work.


Strengthening local organisations and promoting structures that support women’s leadership in Tanzania.


Australian volunteers provide one-on-one mentoring to the future female leaders of Tanzania.

impact to date

Australian volunteers worked with local partner organisations to improve women’s economic empowerment.
Tanzanian partners were supported by Australian volunteers.
sectors positively impacted by Australian volunteers, including policy, education, health, agriculture and social enterprise.

Since 2011, Australian volunteers worked with local partner organisations on projects to improve gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Tanzania. Volunteers have supported women through education, including financial literacy training, business skills development and mentoring. The Australian Volunteers program continues to work towards improving women’s leadership through capacity and skills development of local organisations and institutions. Some program highlights include:

  • One of our partner organisations, UN Women Tanzania, reporting an increase in women in leadership positions in parliament and at the district level as a result of one Australian volunteer’s communications strategy for a women’s leadership and political participation project.
  • Public enquiries and media mentions tripling for UN Women Tanzania in the three years an Australian volunteer worked with the organisation. Because of the volunteer’s work, UN Women now has a fully resourced communications division.
  • An Australian volunteer developing and piloting a program to tackle the challenges that lead to hundreds of thousands of Tanzanian girls dropping out of high school each year. Through weekly seminars and small group tutorials by university-educated Tanzanian women, the program is building the confidence and resilience of 800 high school girls.


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