Welcome from Fatuma and Ben
We’re holding development projects to account using technology, developing the skills to run behaviour change campaigns and reducing the impact of climate change on communities most at risk. Youth-driven change is getting things done!
Nearly 2,000 amazing young people from across the world led Raleigh International’s work in 2018 across five countries, impacting the lives of over 40,000.
But that’s only part of the story. Young people are continuing to take action in their own communities, from creating sustainable start-ups, to challenging gender inequality and calling for action on the climate emergency and human rights.
If we are going to finally defeat poverty and injustice, find sustainable ways to protect our planet and achieve the Global Goals, young people must be the ones taking the lead and driving the solutions. This report shows why – join us!
Creating youth driven change
Our work in 2018
Leaders of change: Increasing the skills, knowledge and social capital of young people. Connecting them with peers and civil society organisations to lead movements for sustainable change.
Unleashing youth enterprise: Helping young entrepreneurs succeed. Creating supportive environments so youth employment and creativity can flourish. Promoting sustainable alternative businesses and economic inclusion.
Tackling the climate emergency: Supporting young people to combat climate change. Protecting biodiversity by helping create sustainable youth-led businesses. Amplifying their voice as advocates for sustainable change.
Clean water and sanitation for all: Engaging young people so they can create healthier communities. Empowering them to change hygiene behaviours in their homes and wider communities. Ensuring they can lead on improving and managing water and sanitation services where they live.
The Global Goals
In 2018, young people worked with Raleigh to support eight of the Sustainable Development Goals:
Leaders of change
Young people leading and partnering for global change
This is the biggest youth generation ever and they are determined to create the change they want to see.
Almost 2,000 young people worked with Raleigh in 2018, harnessing their creativity, passion and energy to act as effective partners and going on to lead on global development challenges.
They engaged other young people, helped change the attitudes of decision makers, fostered environments where youth movements can create change, and helped communities suffering the impacts of climate change.
Exchange for campaigns, empowerment and leadership (ExCEL)
18 young people from Tanzania, Nicaragua and Nepal worked together on an innovative global exchange project. Over six months they learnt how to design and run behaviour change campaigns.
They focused on climate change and community resilience, carrying out research in Nepal and Tanzania, identifying ways at-risk communities can alter behaviours to adapt to a changing climate.
They also created exciting campaigns to spread their findings, which will run in their home communities in 2019.
Importantly, they shared the skills and knowledge with other young people so they can start similar campaigns.
“Being around people from different backgrounds opens your mind and gives you new perspectives. We are all learning from each other which helps on both a personal level and a professional level.”
– Elissa, ExCEL participant, Nicaragua
Social accountability through youth (SAY)
This groundbreaking programme in Tanzania gives young people a louder voice in the implementation of aid in their communities.
Local young people are using an innovative app to monitor development projects and are also supported with the skills to engage with stakeholders to find solutions to issues.
In 2018, 35 young Tanzanians were trained to recruit, teach and excite over 350 other young people about monitoring projects.
Only 26% of community members they spoke to said there was a process for feedback on projects in their area. There is a role for young people to play to promote inclusive accountability.
SAY also supports young people to change how they are viewed. Only 16% of community members saw youth as contributing towards inclusive community planning, while only 6% believed they should be part of decision making. This project will demonstrate how young people can create beneficial and inclusive change.
Continued action and leadership on global issues
Raleigh is a movement of young changemakers. The benefits of supporting youth-driven change can be seen in the continued action of young people.
From creating innovative start-ups, to challenging gender inequality and calling for action on important issues, young people are having a positive impact around the world.
Raleigh’s global movement is made up of more than 50,000 people in over 100 countries. In 15 countries young people have also created national societies so they can continue to coordinate their own action.
Creating a space for ideas and action
Raleigh Nepal Society create spaces for young people to exchange ideas about issues in Nepal and turn them into action.
Through their initiative Hike to Learn, young people come together on a mountain hike to do team-building and discuss issues related to the Global Goals along the way.
Capturing the impact of climate change
After volunteering in Tanzania, Lameck became an activist and changemaker. He raises awareness of the impact of climate change on the Tanzanian landscape through talks and photography.
He entered and won a competition run by the Global Landscape Forum with a photo showing the impact of human activity on the Tarangire river.
His photo was the theme photo for the 2018 Global Landscape Forum conference in Nairobi, where he spoke about climate change and green campaigning with Raleigh Tanzania Society.
“The conference was a huge platform for me and other young leaders to discuss and build on the momentum to offer emerging solid action plans for tackling deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa.”
– Lameck, Raleigh alumnus, Tanzania
Raising awareness of human trafficking
Susan had been passionate about tackling human trafficking for many years. When she returned from volunteering in Nicaragua, she decided to join a ‘Walk for Freedom’ to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking in her hometown of Plymouth and globally: “We handed out around 700 leaflets and as I walked silently I could hear people having conversations about what they knew about human trafficking. By the time the walk had ended, we must have passed over two thousand people and prompted hundreds of people to stop and think – and speak out – about human trafficking in the city.”
Photo courtesy of A21, a global anit-human trafficking orgnisation
Unleashing youth enterprise
Supporting creativity and sustainable youth employment
Almost 700 million young people are unemployed or missing out on education and training, damaging hopes for the future.
The global youth employment challenge needs innovative solutions which are youth-driven if they are to be effective and sustainable.
Working with 2,683 rural youth entrepreneurs in three countries, young people delivered training and support in business skills. This created 563 youth-led enterprises.
Impact in country
In Nepal, young people ran almost 100 awareness raising sessions for over 2,000 people in alternative farming methods. 543 rural households were made aware of the consequences of climate change and equipped with at least one coping strategy to reduce its impact on their livelihoods.
In Nicaragua, 64 youth entrepreneurs were supported to develop their business ideas. Young people supported 46 of the entrepreneurs, 25 of which received an average investment of USD$229. Eight entrepreneurs were supported to gain access to follow-up finance to help them expand their business. 27 youth-trained local mentors will provide a strong support network for all young entrepreneurs in the region.
In Tanzania, 510 young people received over 2,000 hours of training in business skills. 473 new youth enterprises were launched with seed funding. Continued support from 139 trained youth mentors is helping to sustain and grow their businesses.
6,200 people also took part in sessions ran by young people on the benefits and barriers to youth enterprise.
An exciting digital skills programme with young alumni supported 13 entrepreneurs to develop digital knowledge to support businesses with efficiency and expansion.
A new project also connected young entrepreneurs with mentors from a global health company so that young people with health based social enterprises could diversify and grow their businesses.
rural households supported to protect their income from climate change
youth entrepreneurs supported to develop their business ideas
new youth-led business created
“Volunteers got us highly motivated and we could see the immediate benefits of diversifying. We now have 22 polytunnels and are planning to add more after seeing the benefits of the commercial farming of tomatoes. The extra income from selling these has been a relief to me and my family.”
– Panchu, livelihoods entrepreneur, Nepal
Tackling the climate emergency
Protecting biodiversity and fighting climate change
Young people are facing a planet at risk. This is due to the inaction of global leaders on climate change and the effects of unsustainable practices on natural environments.
But they are leading the way globally in tackling the climate emergency.
Young people worked with communities most at risk from climate change in three countries. They planted over 220,000 trees and trained local young people to manage local environments.
Impact in country
In Tanzania, young people supported 180 people in four communities to plant over 220,000 tree seedlings contributing to the replanting of over 424 acres of forest!
Community members were trained to maintain local forests by establishing committees and making environmental action plans.
In Costa Rica, young people helped increase the capacity of national parks to protect biodiversity. They worked with 380 people living in national parks through awareness sessions on biodiversity, conservation and climate change mitigation.
Working with a local charity, young volunteers supported the creation of an indigenous led eco-tourism business. This will ensure the local forest is protected by the community as it is a source of income.
In Malaysian Borneo, young people worked with indigenous communities and authorities in Sabah to create and maintain tree nurseries, raise awareness of biodiversity loss and deliver infrastructure.
Over 1,000 trees were planted, two tree nurseries were refurbished and supported 20 awareness sessions were delivered reaching 400 people.
acres of new forest will be created from new trees planted
indigenous communities were supported to create businesses which protect local environments
trees planted and two tree nurseries created
“If climate change continues as it is now, in forty years’ time this forest and our project won’t exist anymore, and it will just be a savannah. This is really serious, this is happening in my country, so we need to start letting people know that this is real, and this is happening now. We need to do something about it!”
– Alejandro, environment volunteer, Costa Rica
Clean water and sanitation for all
Changing behaviours and creating healthier communities
One in three people around the world don’t have access to clean water or improved sanitation. Almost 1,000 young people die every day from preventable diseases caused by unsafe water, a lack of sanitation and bad hygiene practices. Many more are sick and cannot attend school or work, limiting their chances in life. But young people are vital to solving this problem. They can change behaviours to create healthier communities.
Young people worked with 39 communities in four countries to improve water sources and toilets for over 12,500 people. More than 13,500 people also took part in sessions delivered by young people to change attitudes to handwashing and menstruation.
In Nepal, young people worked with 18 communities, providing access to safe drinking water for 3,256 in their homes. 4,842 people have been provided a new community water source within 30 minutes of their homes. This helps keep communities healthy, allowing people to focus on their work and household.
To ensure sustainability, community members were trained to manage water and sanitation infrastructure. Young people delivered over 120 awareness raising sessions on handwashing and menstrual hygiene management for over 4,500 people. Together this is helping to change behaviours, break down barriers and tackling misleading stereotypes.
In Nicaragua, young people worked with local youth entrepreneurs to train them in developing environmentally friendly hygiene facilities. 132 households had functioning toilets which were installed and maintained by the entrepreneurs who gained sustained livelihoods from the training.
Across 11 communities, young people worked with communities to rehabilitate water systems, handwashing facilities and toilet blocks. 71 sessions on safe hygiene practices and 126 awareness raising events were delivered reaching 2,248 community members.
Young people also supported communities to set up water groups with 50% female members to ensure the sustainability of the work.
In Tanzania, young people improved sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in schools. They also worked with the pupils to spread good hygiene behaviours to the wider community and increase their impact.
At 13 schools, young people worked with community members to construct toilets, handwashing stations and menstrual hygiene rooms. 7,612 students now have access to new facilities, with 3,728 female students gaining access to gender specific facilities.
351 awareness sessions were delivered by young people for 6,969 people on hygiene and sanitation infrastructure management to ensure sustainability. 12 youth-led school clubs were created to help continue the promotion of good hygiene and sanitation behaviours.
In Borneo, young people worked in four communities, helping 565 people get access to safe water. Work with communities combined sanitation facilities, awareness raising on safe hygiene behaviours, and training management committees to ensure long lasting change in these communities. New infrastructure included construction of 27 water tanks and 71 tap stands, connected by 10.6 kilometres of piping.
people now have safe drinking water at home
young people have access to toilets and handwashing facilities
homes provided with eco-friendly sanitation facilities by seven new youth-led businesses
of safe water piping laid
“We trained a group of young community members. They will work alongside families to educate them on different themes of hygiene in the home such as personal hygiene, how to protect the environment, and how best to use their water sources. By planting these seeds, we hope the community will nurture their water, sanitation and hygiene needs and develop as a community in terms of sanitation technology and health.”
– Francesca, WASH volunteer, Nicaragua
Thank you to everyone who supported our work in 2018!