The Raleigh Tanzania Society is made up from hundreds of passionate and committed Tanzanian alumni that have completed our expedition and ICS programmes, since the launch of Raleigh Tanzania in 2013.
The aim of Raleigh Tanzania Society is to contribute to sustainable development through active youth participation and innovation.
The Raleigh Tanzania Society is driven by the strong belief that when youth are well informed of their rights and empowered to actively engage and participate in opportunities available for sustainable development, they will contribute towards building resilient communities as leaders, partners, and as beneficiaries.
The society is currently managed and supported by Raleigh Tanzania, but has its own governance structure, democratically elected from across the country. Young leaders have been voted in by their fellow alumni, to lead volunteering and campaigning activities across the country. The Raleigh Tanzania strategy 2017 – 2020 will build capacity of the society, with the aim of it becoming an independent organisation capable of implementing its own programmes.
With the generous support of the Oak Foundation, Raleigh Tanzania and Raleigh Nicaragua implemented the Y4GG project in Tanzania and Nicaragua. The project has enabled 69 volunteers from Tanzania and Nicaragua to participate in experiential learning opportunities in leadership and active citizenship.
By taking part in Y4GG, these volunteers have increased their skills, knowledge and social capital and are now pursuing social and environmental action projects which advance the green growth agenda and will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in their countries.
#50milliontrees, a nationwide campaign launched by the Raleigh Tanzania Society (RTS) has resulted in over 40,000 trees being planted so far.
Campaign awareness sessions reached 10,000 beneficiaries (of whom 75% are school children) with a call to action for young people advocate against deforestation and encourage the sustainable management of natural resources.
Providing a platform through which Tanzanian youth could use their knowledge and skills to influence decision makers, two conferences organised by RTS were attended by over 100 participants each.
Reinforcing the need to involve young people in development networks, the conferences brought youth together with sustainable development partners including Restless Development, Tanzania Bora Initiative, Youth of United Nations and UNESCO, alongside government officials and other decision makers. Participants reached agreement that the Government should work consultatively with CBOs, NGOs, the private sector and youth groups to address deforestation.
During the conferences 150,000 people, including at least 35,000 youth, were reached via social media, radio and newspapers over on #Youth4GreenGrowth.
Y4GG enabled collaboration with the Tanzanian Bora Initiative which aims to promote democracy through increased engagement between youth and leaders. The Initiative supported the drafting of the RTS’ 4-year strategy and the election of RTS national leaders and five regional representatives.
Exchange for Campaigns, Empowerment and Leadership (ExCEL)
ExCEL is a south-south exchange programme, which aims to develop leadership, project-design and campaigning skills for young alumni from Raleigh ‘Societies*’ in Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Nepal. The project is designed and led by Raleigh Societies (alumni groups), in partnership with three Raleigh country offices. The exchange is funded by FK Norway, a Norwegian government agency under the department for Foreign Affairs.
14 participants from Tanzania, Nicaragua and Nepal will spend 3 months in Tanzania and 3 months in Nepal to undertake experiential training in the use of project design and implementation techniques to enhance the impact of their own and their societies’ future initiatives.
Activities on the exchange comprise the first part of the campaign cycle: using formative research to analyse the issues, enabling in-depth strategic campaign design and planning. Research will focus on building understanding of the behaviour of individuals and their communities, to inform delivery of effective campaign for change related to the issues identified by participants during their induction.
On return to their respective countries, they will cascade skills and knowledge to their own Raleigh Societies, and based on their learning during the exchange, empower their alumni peers to deliver campaigns which create positive behavioural change, and contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through a series of training workshops, they will also contribute to development of National Society leadership structures, their ability to develop effectives partnerships, and their capacity to design their own projects in the future.
*Comprised of alumni from Raleigh International volunteering programmes, young people, passionate about social change have used their skills in leadership and relationship building to grow a very active youth movement. Raleigh Tanzania Society (RTS), Raleigh Nicaragua Society (RNS) and Raleigh Nepal Society (RNeS) have been supported to develop their own leadership structures and begin designing and delivering campaigns focused on the green growth agenda. These campaigns have not only been successful in achieving positive change for communities in Nicaragua and Tanzania but have also gone some way in creating an enabling environment where the value of the contribution young people can make to the development of their own communities is being recognised.
However, in order to maintain momentum and increase the impact of the societies’ activities, more needs to be done to ensure more young people are able to develop their capabilities in the design and implementation of successful programmes and campaigns. A south-south exchange programme will provide national society members with the opportunity to build our capacity in all elements of successful programme and campaign design, and to build our leadership skills. It will enable them to fully engage in the development and implementation of two youth-led campaigns, through a three-step process:
Firstly, national society members will receive technical training from Raleigh Tanzania (RT) and Raleigh Nicaragua (RN), empowering us with technical skills and knowledge in programme design and implementation, and in organisational leadership.
Following a period of training, the societies will utilise Raleigh tools and processes to conduct formative research into the drivers of behaviour in one of RI’s three thematic areas: WASH, NRM or Livelihoods. The results will be used to inform the design of campaigns which target positive changes in behaviours. Leadership tools and review processes will be employed to develop leadership skills throughout the exchange. This experiential approach to learning will build the capacities of society members through our active engagement in all elements of the process, encouraging us to problem solve, lead and collaborate in an enabling environment facilitated by both RN and RT.
On returning from the exchange, society members will actively involve the broader membership in our home countries in refining the design, and subsequent implementation of our campaigns. Leadership skills and knowledge learned experientially will be applied to administration and leadership processes for each society
Supported by RT and RN, this exchange project will empower RTS and RNS to increase our capabilities to engage more young people in the design and implementation of successful campaigns that support the achievement of the global goals.
Raleigh Tanzania is a registered NGO under the Non-Governmental Organisation Act 2002 (no. 00001469). Raleigh has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Tanzania (GoT), through the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture & Sport.