Why young people

Together Raleigh and our partners will develop new ways of engaging Tanzanian youth, empowering them as partners and leaders in development. We will harness the power of our international network of passionate alumni to become part of a global

Young people have the energy, optimism and creativity to change the world for the better

Tanzania faces significant development challenges. The country is heavily dependent on agriculture for food and employment, making it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. Less than half the population have access to safe drinking water, while less than 20% have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Awareness of healthy hygiene practices is limited, especially in rural areas. This causes poor health and stops people from attending school and work. Unemployment levels are very high among young Tanzanians and almost 90% of those in work are in vulnerable and informal employment.

There are more than 15 million people aged 15-35 in Tanzania and this number is rising fast. This is both a huge opportunity and a challenge. Young people have the aspirations and the motivation to be leaders and partners in shaping a sustainable future for their country, but they lack the skills and opportunities required.

Young people are catalysts for change

It is young people from all over the world who deliver Raleigh’s work. Young people volunteer their time, energy and skills in their own countries and overseas. For many years, we have led the way in working with young people to achieve development outcomes. They gain the confidence and experiences they need to be empowered, effective and energetic partners in development.

By working side by side with marginalised communities, young people improve the quality of services, increase inclusion and collaboration, empower communities to take social action, bring the spark of innovation and make sure that no one is left behind. Together they create meaningful and lasting change.

Raleigh has seen that when young people work in partnership with all sectors of society, from rural communities to business and government, they can be powerful catalysts for change.

Young people need to be at the heart of global change, developing solutions and making decisions

We want to see the development sector as a whole recognise and value the role that young people take. Young people are ready to take ownership of what is happening in the world, to plan for the future and make a positive impact locally and globally. Young people are full of creativity, innovation and determination. Given the chance, they can be leaders at the heart of global change.

All our work is aligned with and contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, known as the Global Goals. We are part of a worldwide movement to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure everyone has peace and prosperity by 2030. The responsibility for making these clear, ambitious and challenging goals a reality lies not just with governments, but with all of us. The United Nations shares our belief that young people as volunteers are essential to achieving the Global Goals. Specifically, Raleigh’s programmes contribute to Global Goals: 1 – No poverty, 4 – Quality education, 6 – Clean water and sanitation, 8 – Decent work and economic growth, 12 – Responsible consumption and production, 13 – Climate action, 16 – Peace and justice, strong institutions and 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

Tomorrow Is Too Late: Raleigh’s International’s Global Youth Consultation

Raleigh International’s global consultation with young people was conducted from February to June 2020, spanning the rapid evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. It details and summarises the beliefs, perspectives, desires, and fears of over 100 young people from 11 countries: Bermuda, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Singapore, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

The consultation was conducted almost exclusively by young people. It took the form of focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, workshops and online social media and survey engagement. Many of the participants are former Raleigh volunteers. Others are members of our local youth-led national societies, and some have no association with Raleigh at all.

This consultation has been summarised in the ‘Tomorrow is too late’ report. The report demonstrates that young people today know exactly the world they want to live in and the change that must happen to create it. In it, they demand:

  • A world where everyone can access what they need to be free, healthy, safe, educated and financially
  • A world which does not discriminate against people on the basis of their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ability, sexual orientation or socio-economic status, and where diversity is celebrated.
  • A world where all leaders listen and are accountable.
  • A world where collective responsibility for the natural world forms the basis of productive, fair and sustainable societies and economies.