Previous projects

FIC also previously worked to ensure decent working conditions and workers’ rights in Kenya and Tanzania. Here you can read about some of the projects we helped to develop. Some of the projects are still working under the current program “Decent work and labour rights in East Africa”

Working conditions

– Increasing young people’s knowledge and awareness of their labour rights, basic work-related safety and health –

Young workers at the harbour of Mombasa in Kenya generally have very poor working conditions in relation to wages, discrimination, employment security and working environment. The unions are still failing to help the young people to improve conditions.

FIC has worked with the project at the harbour of Mombasa since 2005 and helped contribute to better working conditions for 7,000 young people by

  1. Strengthening the three relevant trade unions’ capacity to focus on young people’s problems.
  2. Strengthening the three relevant trade unions’ capacity to focus on young people’s problems.

This project continues under FIC’s current program “Decent Work and Labour Rights in East Africa”. The local partners in this project are Dock Workers Union (DWU) Kenya and the Seafarers Union and Kenya Shipping Clearing and Warehousing Union. DWU is the project’s main partner and they are mainly responsible for the local implementation and embedding of the project.

Mining in Tanzania

The first phase of this project ran from 2010 to 2012 and contributed among other things to the achievement of decent working and living conditions for children, young people and their families in Mirerani in Tanzania.

The second phase of the project ran from 2012 to the end of 2014 and will be completed and evaluated in January 2015. Through education, information and campaigns the children and young people in the mining sector and in general in Tanzania have become aware of the importance working rights of young mine workers, the importance of getting an education and that their health is not destroyed by hazardous work in the mines.

Awareness through educational activities and training has been raised about the authorities and employers’ responsibility and willingness to create alternative options to the issues. This project helped the children and young people in the mining sector to get aware of concrete alternative educational opportunities. At the same time the project supported the children’s mothers in the further development of their business activities to create an economic alternative for the children’s work in the mines. Children and young people in the mining sector and their families are now more aware of their rights under international agreements and national legislation. They have also become aware of the problems related to child labour and the importance of going to school. FIC supported the youth of Mirerani in their work of running two local organizations that advocate for better working and living conditions for young people.

Working opportunities for youth

– Youth Employment in Nairobi, Kenya – 

In order to achieve development in a country like Kenya where youth unemployment is growing day by day there is a need for an active youth to engage in the creation of a better society. It is therefore important to reduce the high youth unemployment in Nairobi.

FIC and the Africa Youth Trust (AYT) initiated the project “Youth Employment Initiative of Nairobi” (YEIN), as a three year project, which was completed in late 2013. The project aimed to strengthen young people’s labour market opportunities. A similar project will continue in Mombasa and Kisumu under the current FIC program “Decent Work and Labour Rights in East Africa”.

– Activities of this project included training for young people so they were well prepared to enter the labour market or start their own business –

The project achieved many results and reached out to nearly 50,000 young people through information sessions and 3,000 young people have been trained in labour rights. In addition to this several educational institutions in Kenya now started using the training material from the project in their teaching. Furthermore the project has helped young people gain work with sufficient contracts and helped them start their own companies. The number of young people working in jobs with contracts rose from 67 to 234 out of 800 young people who all participated in the project’s activities. 279 of the 800 young people had started their own businesses after the project before the activities only 151 young people had started their own business.

– Strengthening of youth organizations’ networks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania –

FIC is responsible for a number of activities with local youth organizations in Dar es Salam. The partnership was created to strengthen the capacities locally so organizations may be able to develop strong and transparent organizations and actively represent their young members.

The youth organizations are trained to handle youth unemployment in Dar es Salaam and to develop future plans for how to work forward to create better working conditions and greater influence among young people in Dar es Salaam.

The high unemployment and lack of opportunities for young people in Dar es Salaam’s urban areas is the reason for FIC’s work in this area. Youth organizations lack the capacity to handle the problem and influence the decisions of the government and the labour market partners.

Through the partnership activities it is expected that the youth in the project will increase their knowledge of challenges and opportunities for the employment of young people in urban areas. They receive the necessary tools to deal with the issue in community. This project ran as a one-year project as a preparation for a similar project that continues in FIC’s current program “Decent Work and Labour Rights in East Africa”.

FIC cooperates with Tanzania Youth Vision Association (Tyva), Open Mind Tanzania (OMT) and Youth for Africa (YOA) on youth organization in Dar es Salaam