Unlocking the Youth Cooperative Legal Barriers in Tanzania (Youth Entry and Formation).

    The National Youth Development Policy of 2007 specifies the need to encourage the youth to be organised in groups, associations and cooperatives as a vehicle for their economic emancipation. There has been some relative success in the formation of groups and associations, but with slow transition to the level of registered cooperatives. The policy recognises the youth involving citizens within the age group from 15 to 34 years although the focus of Heifer’s EAYIP is youth aged 15 to 24 years. The government of Tanzania is dedicated to the establishment of cooperative sector as stipulated in the Cooperative Societies Act of 2013. This policy brief highlights the rationale for encouraging the youth to join cooperatives, the barriers they face, and presents some proposals on how to overcome them.

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