Young people need to be heard to the change the world. The Raleigh International blog is a platform for young people to share their voices on issues and causes they feel passionate about. Views shared on the blog do not necessarily represent the views of Raleigh International


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

It has always been a core belief of Raleigh International that youth are the key to lasting change. Made up of alumni from three different countries, we, the Raleigh ExCEL team, are determined to prove it!

September 7, 2018

Earlier this summer six Google employees volunteered on an exciting new digital skills project. The project run by Raleigh Tanzania provided essential follow-up business training to twelve young rural entrepreneurs and innovative digital skills training to twelve young urban entrepreneurs.

August 29, 2018

Raleigh’s active citizens are working towards creating positive and lasting change in Tanzania. This International Youth Day, 12th August, we want to celebrate the dedication and continued impact of Raleigh alumni.

“I’m going to raise the voice of my fellow young Tanzanians.”
Kelvin, Raleigh ICS alumni

August 12, 2018

On July 26th, over 30 alumni attended Raleigh’s latest business networking breakfast to hear from Farooq Ullah, Co-Chair of UK Stakeholders Sustainable Development (UKSSD) organisation and Executive Director for the Centre for Development Results (CDR). Farooq discussed the progress the UK had made towards achieving the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), and the challenges facing British business in contributing to the SDGs. Here, we share some key points from the morning about what Raleigh alumni can be doing in their own businesses to help achieve the SDGs and move the UK towards a more sustainable future.

August 10, 2018

Hassan Kiyungi, Raleigh Alumnus and founder of Menstruation and Entrepreneurship Matters (MEMA) Tanzania discovered the difficulties that girls face during their menstruation cycle whilst on placement with Raleigh Tanzania on a WASH Project in Kanga village, Morogoro in 2017. Now, him together with his team (other Raleigh Alumni) are working together to help Tanzanian girls stay in school.

July 20, 2018

On 4th July 2018 there was an historic hearing at London’s High Court, where climate charity Plan B sought to hold the UK government to account over its legal commitments to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Raleigh alumni Jimmy, who is volunteering with the charity, tells us about the reasons for the legal action, why he’s passionate about protecting our environment, how you can get involved, and what advice he would give to other young people about standing up for causes they believe in.

July 3, 2018

The Raleigh Nepal Society recently came together to complete their third ‘Hike to Learn’ event in the stunning Kathmandu Valley. On the group mountain hike, Raleigh alumni built their skills, shared their ideas on how to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and most importantly, had fun!

June 22, 2018