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Youth Economic Empowerment

Rural, Inclusive and Sustainable Enterprise Through Youth (RISE)

With little access to decent education and work, young people and their communities living on the edge of Tanzania’s forest nature reserves are forced to resort to encroaching on forest reserves’ vital biodiversity to make an income for themselves and their loved ones. Large areas of the forest are currently being destroyed to make way for cash crops such as maize, rice and cardamom. Through RISE, we are working with young people, local communities, authorities and the reserves themselves to provide a sustainable alternative. RISE supports the development of successful enterprises led by young people which are both environmentally and economically sustainable. We improve the skills and knowledge of young people and establish long-term support systems. Young people create their own Youth Enterprise Groups to provide peer-to-peer support, establish their own savings and loans schemes and form links with training and finance providers. Since RISE started in 2019, 325 young people have received training in entrepreneurial skills and 100 youth entrepreneurs have accessed finance and established sustainable enterprises to date.

Wildlife, Interdiction and Livelihood Development (WILD)

Communities living near the Parsa and Chitwan National Parks in Nepal are geographically isolated and have very few job opportunities. Many people are forced to earn an income through unsustainable activities such as clearing land to grow cash crops. This destroys wildlife habitats and threatens the natural resources the communities rely on. WILD promotes sustainable alternatives by supporting young people to develop eco-friendly enterprises in sectors such as agro-forestry, eco-tourism and agriculture. We provide training for women and young people in entrepreneurial skills and natural resource management. Young people lead formative research and behaviour change campaigns to increase support for green businesses in their communities. Through WILD women and young people will have increased opportunities for sustainable income generation, resulting in less environmental degradation.

Kathmandu Recycles

Kathmandu is a beautiful and vibrant, city. However, visitors and residents are surrounded by plastic pollution where single use plastic makes up 16% of landfills. To address the growing plastic problem in Kathmandu, young people in Nepal are leading a campaign called ‘Kathmandu Recycles’, a movement built upon action, collaboration and large-scale behavioural change. The campaign will support hundreds of young people to create new livelihoods by 2022. It will equip them with skills and knowledge to run green businesses in the circular economy in the Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Recycles will also create a movement of 5,000 young people who are promoting and adopting sustainable alternatives to plastics.

Dame Chance

The expansion of agricultural activities in different areas of Nicaragua has led to a gradual decrease in forest cover. In response to the urgent need for climate action, young people in Nicaragua are leading a campaign called Dame Chance (Give me a Chance). The campaign will support almost 250 young people to promote and create sustainable green jobs and behaviours. The campaign will also support thousands of local farmers and small businesses to adopt positive environmental practices and reduce their impact on protected forested areas in and around their communities. Through the campaign, over 6,000 people will be working to reduce the impact of deforestation and promote green jobs in 16 rural communities in the north and pacific regions of Nicaragua.

Urban Nomads - Mongolia

Increasing migration levels from the countryside to the city in search of better employment opportunities has resulted in rising air pollution and overpopulation in the capital city of Mongolia and the neglect of the rural areas of the country. Urban Nomads intends to increase the economic opportunities and living conditions in smaller villages to decrease outward migration. Young people living in Mongolia are running an innovative youth-led eco and sustainable lifestyle campaign called Urban Nomad which is supporting local youth to launch green enterprises in their communities. Young people will be trained in the construction of composing toilets, how to grow organic vegetables and how to commercialise existing sustainable produce. This will help young people in remote and rural areas across Mongolia to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Campaign activities will include educational workshops and nationwide awareness raising campaigns.