Between 2010 and 2012 WAJIBIKA a 3-year USAID-funded project engaged 18 experienced mentors to support the Government of Tanzania in strengthening programmatic and fiscal accountability in both Central and Local Government Authorities (LGAs). One of the main approaches used by the project to provide support to the LGAs was mentorship. This approach was very effective and appreciated by the LGAs to the extent that towards the end of the project there was a recorded increase of Clean CAG Audit reports of LGAs from 41% to 80%. The recorded achievements created high demand for mentoring services even after the end of the project.
The increased demand for mentoring services in LGAs necessitated the establishment of the Tanzania Mentors Association (TMA). TMA was thus officially established as a non-governmental organization (NGO) on 21st May 2013 and registered under Cap 212 of the Business Registration License Authority (BRELA).
On 19th July 2019, TMA was changed to Tanzania Mentors Action to comply with the amendment of the NGO Act of 2020 and registered under the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) with registration number 00NGO/R2/000156. TMAs head office is in Dodoma, with a sub-office in Dar es Salaam, and has networks in all LGAs in all regions of Tanzania Mainland, and Zanzibar.
Over the years TMA has witnessed quick growth in terms of an increasing number of staff members (currently over 60) with various professional backgrounds and expertise ranging from medical professionals, financial management, project management, monitoring and evaluation, open and distance e-learning, human resources, information technology, governance to mention but a few.