Jengo is a 100 % volunteer-run non-profit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark that has worked to create sustainable change in remote areas of Tanzania since 2015. We are passionate about social innovation and building ideas and solutions together with local communities that focus on solving social and environmental needs.
Our mission is to empower communities to create sustainable change and we believe that building capacity, sense of ownership and unity lies in the center
Our name, “Jengo” stems from the Swahili (Tanzanian) language and translates to “build-” which forms the cornerstone of the work we do as a reference to build capacity for local communities to take on the challenges themselves to adapt to climate change and meet social needs.
Our goal is to foster social innovation through a bottom-up approach, so that ideas are created by the very people that are at the center of the social and environmental impacts that we need to mitigate.
This includes social processes of innovation, such as open source methods and technique. Our focus areas span from helping communities to optimize land use in order to harvest natural resources better and building capacity to promote human rights through technology, which is used as a platform for social cohesion.
The UN has, together with 193 countries, agreed to 17 bold and ambitious development goals which set out to tackle a wide range of issues, from gender inequality to climate change by 2030. The unifying thread throughout the 17 goals and their 169 targets is the commitment to ending poverty: “Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development,” notes the agenda’s preamble. We see UN’s 17 (SDG) Sustainable Development Goals as a great opportunity to kickstart efforts to change the world for better, but these ambitious goals also means that we have a big, bold agenda before us. Now we must work to make it real, and the task at hand is a significant one and it is the responsibility of making it work lies collectively, amongst the UN itself, the private sector, non-profit organisations like our own and civil society.
We view the Sustainable Development Goals as a joined commitment across sectors, institutions, gender and status, if they are to be achieved. As such, Jengo’s focus is to use the Sustainable Development Goals as a platform through which we bring people together to address these goals - one community at a time, starting in Tanzania where our focus until today has been to support communities to adapt to climate change through capacity building and technology.
Our ambition is to expand our efforts across borders to other nations of the world - supporting rural areas to reach a point where as many of the SDGs can be marked as achieved.