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NGOs: A drive for development

NGOs are non-profit organizations independent of state and international governmental organizations; are usually funded by donations and may rely heavily on volunteers for their operation. Highly diverse, NGOs are engaged in a wide range of activities and take different forms globally.

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Most of the NGOs in selected sectors used their resources mostly in implementation of programs which accounts to 78% compared to administrative expenditures that remained only 22%. This means that most of the NGOs activities touched the communities. This is according to the 2015 final report on the role of NGOs in Tanzania

NGOs continued to be one of the big employers in urban areas particularly the youth graduates from colleges due to the availability of volunteering jobs which expose youth to professional working experience. Due to the lack of enough employment opportunities in the government sectors in Tanzania. Many people especially youths who constitute a larger percentage of the population in Tanzania are left wondering on the street without jobs.The analysis of the report reveals that in 2015 more than 5,317 individuals (both Local and foreign) were employed and volunteered in the NGOs in Tanzania Mainland. Out of the total employment 3,414 were employees whilst 1,903 were volunteers.

It is said that an healthy person is a wealthy person. This is the key to development as human labor is the most important of them all, and one can not perform when in bad health condition. NGOs in Tanzania have played a significant role in advancing health care. As Tai Tanzania, has made efforts in promoting menstrual hygiene management trainings to secondary school students in dar es salaam and give out pads so that they can be comfortable all the time and attend school in time everyday.[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="image3.png" o:spid="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75" style='width:468pt; height:195.75pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\ANNA\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image003.png" o:title=""></v:imagedata> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml][endif]

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There are several non-governmental organizations NGOs working in the Tanzania education sector. There are over 200 NGOs and community-based organizations that are concerned with the promotion of education, working to influence policies for basic quality education for all in

Tanzania. Due to [if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="image1.png" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" style='width:326.25pt; height:240.75pt;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\Users\ANNA\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.png" o:title=""></v:imagedata> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml][endif]this, NGOs in Tanzania have helped so much the development of education sector. Mostly especially on skills and knowledge which are not in the school syllabuses but very crucial in today's world.

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In promotion of education in Tanzania,NGOs provide a wide range of education which is not limited only to the school syllabuses, Especially in areas of raising awareness and potentials to youths and children for sustainable development..

NGOs in Tanzania have contributed a lot and still contributing so much. But there is still a great demand of quality education, employment especially to youth clean water and sanitation, health services and the list goes on. This is mostly in rural areas, where the demand is higher than in urban areas due to remoteness of rural areas where donors and various NGOs fails to reach due to fear of security and diseases like malaria.

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