Violence in Tanzania - download this graphic

Tanzania is a Pathfinder country under the Global Partnership to End Violence, which is set up to advance Sustainable Development Goal 16.2. SDG 16.2 reads “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

 
We asked 12,270 Tanzanians about violence against women and children. Here are some of their responses and recommendations to the Tanzanian government. Soundtrack: Royalty free music from Bensound.
Causes of violence - download this graphic
Impacts of violence
 
 

CCR is the only agency in Tanzania that explicitly addresses the issue of violence and child protection through the perspective of democratic governance. CCRs interventions have already had a positive impact.

CCR’s ward level participatory action research was facilitated with local Government in Unga Ltd ward, which has the highest rate of violence in the city, resulted in violence rates reducing by 80% over a 3-year period.

CCR facilitated a Future Search process with 70 stakeholders in the city to develop a child protection plan. One of the outcomes of that was that 5 political champions have taken on the child protection agenda and championed it within the council.

In 2015 we worked with the social welfare officers to develop case management procedures for victims of violence, and the city doubled the number of social workers in their employ.

In 2015 we assisted the city economist to cost the child protection plan and the council budgeted for the establishment of a one-stop center for victims of violence in 2016.

A level of public demand has been generated for child protection services via the work of CCR and other agencies that engage in community mobilization. However, councilors have expressed the desire to better capture the extent of this demand so that it can inform their planning, and so that the child protection agenda can compete successfully against more tangible investment priorities like roads, water and sanitation.

Arusha City Council wants to push child protection as an agenda and to demonstrate that they can govern in the interests of young people, and with CCRs help it has developed a costed city child protection plan that will cost Tsh4.4 billion [US$ 1,968,020] to deliver over 5 years.

 
 
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A financial investment keeping children safe saves the Government money in the short and long term. 

Governments should invest in child protection services because: 

  • There is a moral responsibility. Children need adults to protect them.  
  • There is an abundance of indisputable evidence about its direct benefits to children and its value to society. 
  • The Government needs to comply with and resource the the Law of the Child Act. 
  • Investing in children is something that we can all agree is a good thing. 
  • 50% of Tanzanians are children. They represent one of the greatest leverage points for investments in human capital. 

Numerous studies show that the cost of the initial investment in child protection services is entirely recouped by the social benefits that accrue to society.  An investment in child protection results in reductions in crime, unemployment, a narrowing of the poverty gap, an improved economy, and ultimately cost-savings to the government. 

Early intervention programs for at-risk children benefit participating children and also give taxpayers a good return on their dollar. 

Children who are properly protected are more likely to be able to benefit from investments in education. Children who are safe are better able to learn and perform well at school.

Governments that do not invest in strong child protection infrastructure and whose children do not receive the care and protection they deserve and are entitled to under the Law of the Child Act, are more likely to have high unemployment rates. 

Children who are not safe become unable to benefit from the same investments in education, undermine the Government’s investments schools. 

Inaction translates to missed opportunities to address children’s needs, which leads to social ills that are expensive yet sometimes preventable.