What we do

development work

Our work in Mtwara, Lindi and Singida Regions in Tanzania since 2002.

girls empowerment

Hundreds of girls learn weekly essential Health and Life Skills in sportive Girls Action Clubs

updating girls' traditional "unyago" initiation ritual

Training and organising Unyago initiation ritual leaders to improve the content of a controversial girls' initiation ritual to meet the modern days

forum theatre

Secondary school students use Forum Theatre, a participatory drama tool to address issues hindering development and well-being within their communities

community work

Community outreach work through educative sports events

building and maintenance of sports fields and provision of sport equipment

Together with its partner organisation LiiKe, Sports Development Aid provide support with sports equipment for schools and communities

higher level education support

Since 2018, Sports Development Aid has sent over 20 secondary school leavers and youth with disabilities to higher secondary school and vocational school, supported by Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation


SDA believes in strong and vast partnerships. Since its establishment in 2002, SDA has implemented several regional and national development projects in close collaboration with ministries, educational authorities and institutions, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and local governments. Our oldest development partner is a Finnish Civil Society Organisation LiiKe – Sports and Development. 

SDA’s National stakeholders include: Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MoEVT); Tanzania Teachers’ Union (TTU), a trade union of teachers in Tanzania mainland; and Ministry of Local Governments (TAMISEMI), and the regional stakeholders include: Regional Education Offices; Regional Sport Offices; Districts and Local Governments – mainly in Mtwara, Lindi and Singida regions; and Singida Teachers’ Union. 

In 2015, SDA was acknowledged by The Regional Commissioner for its contribution in reducing school dropouts in schools in Lindi, by supporting and enforcing sports and physical education.

Since one of SDA’s main interest is in education, we cooperate with different educational institutions, for example: Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA), Teacher Training Colleges, Universities and Primary and Secondary schools. Between 2006 and 2014, SDA was cooperating closely with Rahaleo and Shangani primary schools in teaching physical education for children with disabilities in these schools. Moreover, the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) is SDA’s current partner in Education Support project, in which SDA has provided vocational education for three deaf youth. Moreover, lately SDA has begun to partner with The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) in providing entrepreneurship training for community members, focusing especially on disadvantage population, and current project beneficiaries (adolescent girls and traditional initiation ritual leaders “kungwis”) in Mtwara Region. 

In addition to all the partners mentioned above, SDA collaborates also with other Civil Society Organisations including: Educade, MyRight (People with Disabilities Organisation’s support organisation) and SHIVYAWATA (People with Disabilities Organisation’s umbrella organisation). All of these vast networks enables SDA to work effectively towards its goals.