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As part of our celebrations of 2019 International Women’s Day's theme #BalanceforBetter we’re highlighting some of the amazing women who work with us here at Raleigh and how crucial they are at each stage of our programmes! We speak to them about their work, why International Women's Day is important to them, and what advice they have for young women who want to get involved in international development.

March 8, 2019

12 days before Christmas, while people back home in the UK were busy with office parties and going to see family and friends, Raleigh alumnus Robin Drysdale was 1500 miles south of London preparing to row across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. Here he updates us from the middle of the Atlantic on his reasons for taking part in the challenge and the team’s progress.

January 21, 2019

It may seem obvious that we all need a toilet, but billions of people around the world still live without adequate toilet facilities. According to the UN, 4.5 billion people worldwide live without a safe toilet, and 892 million people still defecate in the open. In developing countries, more work needs to be done to improve sanitation facilities, so when ICS volunteer Amber arrived in the community of Msunjilile in Tanzania, she and her team got to work.

November 19, 2018

With the recent UN climate report stating that global warming will hit lower-income communities the hardest, it is now more important than ever to act on climate change to keep millions more people out of poverty.

As part of a new Raleigh Tanzania sustainable development project, 14 alumni from the Raleigh societies of Tanzania, Nepal, and Nicaragua are working towards assessing needs in rural communities in these countries, related to their resilience to climate change. The project – called ‘Exchange for campaigns, empowerment and leadership’ (ExCEL) and funded by Norwegian government body NOREC – will see young people lead the way in addressing the most pressing global challenges. 

Here, they describe how they’ve planned for their community phase and reflect on their progress so far.

October 18, 2018