This master s thesis analyzes youths political engagement in Dar es Salaam. The thesis aims to explore youths current situation in Tanzania and connect it to their degree of political engagement. The research also explains different ways of how youth can engage in politics, as well as why they may not engage in politics. Youth in Tanzania live challenging lives characterized by the lack of education, high unemployment rates, and poverty. Dar es Salaam is the city with the highest proportion of youth in the country, and is therefore an interesting case study for the chosen topic. Theories that explains youths situation by recognized researchers such as Alcinda Honwana (2012) and Mamadou Diouf (1996) will be applied in this thesis. Honwana has done extensive research on youth in Africa, which includes their life situation as well as their relationship to politics, while Diouf has published research concerning youth and political engagement, which includes how youth can be inhibited from participating in politics. Alex Perullo s (2005) research focusing on youth identity and hip-hop in Dar es Salaam will also be applied. Empirical data have been collected during fieldwork conducted in Dar es Salaam, which has shown to be essential to the understanding of the context that youth live and engage within. Data from the thirty-one interviews that were collected are used throughout the thesis, and helps illustrate the youths reality. The findings reveal a complex reality.