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New Age Foundation (NAF)

Tanga, Tanzania
Joined November 2017

NAF work in Tanga Tanzania, a youth organization. advocating for youth rights in the region. we are empowering youth to understand that they have role to play for well being of the Tanga community

Presence in: Tanzania
Focus: Other

NAF is a democratic umbrella organisation representing the interests of youth and youth organisations in Tanzania mainland. It has in place democratic structures and systems providing supreme powers to its members in the General Assembly and stipulates the responsibility of the Board to ensure good governance and diligent financial management. The organisation was founded and registered in May 2000 as Tanga Youth Development Association (TAYODEA) with the aim to enhance youth participation in development activities both socially and economically through capacity building, lobbying and advocacy. In 2016 the organization complied with new registration from NGOs registrar and change the name from Tanga Youth Development association (TAYODEA) to NEW Age Foundation (NAF) which allow NAF to expand its geographical operation area to all regions of Tanzania main land

NAF has for many years worked to establish a stable interface for youth to influence political decision-making Councils. Initially the approach was to organise round table discussion, however, in 2007 these discussions lead to establishment of Youth Parliament, in which democratically elected youth representatives were provided legitimate space to lobby, advocate and influence decision-making More specifically, the Youth Parliaments take place parallel with City and District Council sessions and as such it provides both a physical and psychological link which the Youth Council uses to raise queries, present position papers and hold bilateral negotiations with individuals and political groupings within the council. In 2010 the youth parliament extended to all 8 districts of Tanga region

Moreover, NAF has vast experience in organising and empowering youth to wield their moral and legal rights (i.e. as voters, citizens and political participants) which means that it accepts the need for Civil Society Organisations to support youth in confronting the structural causes diminishing local democracy.