CDF Overview

Children’s Dignity Forum (CDF) is a voluntary and non-profit child rights organization that works to promote and reinforce rights of vulnerable children by placing children’s legal and human rights on the public agenda. CDF was founded and registered in 2006 under the NGO Act No. 24 of 2002 with its headquarters in Dar es Salaam and two offices in Tarime District, Mara Region and Mpwapwa District, Dodoma Region.

CDF promotes children and young women’s rights through creating forums that empower children, families and communities in ending Violence against Women and Children (VAWC). CDF achieves this through empowerment of children and young women to understand and claim their rights; strengthening child protection and participation systems and structures; engagement of men and boys by engaging different stakeholders in its area of work.


CDF envisages a Tanzania landscape where children dwell in a context permeated with dignity and where social justice is upheld.


CDF is a non-profit organization that works for promotion of children’s rights for most vulnerable children , through creation of working forums that empower children, families and communities.

Our Core Values

In carrying out its programs CDF espouses the following 3 values:

Gender Equality (Involves mainly creation or promotion of similar conditions necessary for access to resources, benefits, and participation for both sexes)

Partnership and Participation (None imposition or suppression of views or opinions on others, but instead working together towards consensus building), and

Voice of the Children (ensuring that children’s voices are audible and guide or inform the development process accordingly)


CDF promotes a holistic advocacy approach which embodies the inclusion of all community actors, stakeholders and community members. The approaches aim at enabling the communities design own activities, generate own ideas, and develop information. The approaches promote children to contribute freely and express their views accordingly, and with confidence in front of other community members. Other elements of CDF’s specific approaches are listed hereunder.

a) Advocacy: CDF employs an advocacy approach that creates social change and visibility in influencing or engineering change.

b) Partnership: CDF’s partnership approach involves partnering with organisations that will compound CDF’s impact and voice. CDF’s partnering approach is guided by common cause and complementarity between children issues.

c) Participation: Participation approach by CDF centres on equitable representation of girls, boys, men and women.

d) Networking: CDF’s strategic networking is based on perceived impact or effect of the jointly executed activities, and or its advantages.

e) Capacity Building: CDF’s approaches to capacity building are based on promotion of knowledge development and training events that empower communities and sustain the change process. CDF focuses on promoting change processes that are both transformative and empowering.

Geographic Coverage

Article 8 of the CDF Constitution empowers the organization to operate all over Tanzania. So far CDF is operating in three regions in Tanzania, namely, Dar es Salaam, Mara and Dodoma regions.

Programs Achievement

Since its inception in 2006 up to now, CDF has made the following achievements

Making Child Marriage a national agenda: Adopted from the first national consultative meeting on Ending Child Marriage in Tanzania that was organised by CDF and supported by the Sigrid Rousing Trust (SRT) under the FORWARD technical support in 2007. Child Marriage is now a national agenda with both national and international interest. CDF in collaboration with Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGCED) under the UNFPA and FORWARD support invited her Excellency Graca Machel to launch the National Ending Child Marriage Campaign “Child Marriage Free Zone Campaign” in August 2014. The MoHCDGCED has recently launched the National Action Plan to End Violence against Children and Women which is one of the result of the advocacy activities led by CDF under the technical support of FORWARD.

The intervention approach adopted by CDF on direct service provision involves empowering the girl child to take charge of her destiny. This has enhanced understanding of the girl child’s needs and expanded development opportunities for the girl child. CDF has managed to establish 205+ girls clubs with members ranging from 15 to 20 and 8 young women networks with 30 members each, reached 70,000+ girls and young women through training and advocacy, supported 506 girls and young women to establish income-generating activities with ¾ of them reporting this as their main source of income which averages 60,000/- per month. It has reached more than 500,000+ community members through campaign and advocacy, and trained 4500+ different stakeholders such as teachers, district officers, traditional leaders, central government officials etc.

CDF is a leading force in promoting child participation in Tanzania. CDF provides leadership for the Tanzania National Child Participation Task Force under the children’s agenda coalition, which includes membership of international and national institutions such as the MoHCDGECD and UNICEF. This leadership role has involved facilitation and preparation of the National Child Participation Tool Kit, National Child Participation Action Plan and National Guidelines for the establishment of the children councils. On top of all this, CDF has energetically engaged itself in strengthening of Children Councils in Hai District, Magu District, Temeke District, Lindi Region, Mtwara Region, Zanzibar, Mwanza Njombe, Iringa and Mbeya Regions and the JCURT in general. With such vast and resourceful experiences, CDF comes is a vital champion and decisive partner in child participation issues in Tanzania.