The Journey of a Child in Tanzania
Situation Analysis of Children in Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar
The United Republic of Tanzania is a very youthful nation, with half of its entire population composed of children and adolescents. At the same time, both Mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar have ambitious development agendas, and also face entrenched and structural socio-economic challenges, including extensive intergenerational poverty and limited educational and employment opportunities, especially for girls and women, as well as external shocks such as climate crises and the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This Situation Analysis documents the journey of a Tanzanian and Zanzibari child through the life cycle, starting from conception through to the end of adolescence. In doing so, it provides key insights on the challenges and opportunities facing children and adolescents in the country.