Embarking on the path of sustainable development will require a profound transformation of how we think and

8th August 2018

Namaste (नमस्ते)! This International Youth Day we consider the importance of young people in driving sustainable change, share their vision of a better future and reflect on the skills they will need to accelerate progress towards the Global Goals.

Young people are at the heart of Raleigh International’s development methodology, which embraces the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) three-lens approach to youth participation in sustainable development. This approach sees young people as positive agents of change, best equipped to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and lead the world in leaving no one behind.

Raleigh’s International Citizenship Service (ICS) programme and Expedition in Nepal, empower young people to be partners and leaders in development, as well as active citizens in their own communities.

“A world with no warfare, crime, discrimination, instead a world that works together in and of the welfare of all and the environment. A world in harmony, free of pain and full of equal opportunity. A world full of hope, with openness, communication and respect for different religions and cultures. A world where those with political power and influence have the courage to take action together for a better future”


Nepal faces distinct challenges in achieving this vision. According to the World Bank, the economic, social and environmental impacts of the devastating earthquakes in 2015 are still very much evident. However, despite significant investment and progress a lack of adequate educational outcomes, structural unemployment and net migration remain a major problem for young people and disadvantaged rural communities in Nepal.

By working through local partners, we promote genuine community dialogue, build awareness and develop strong community relationships to ensure that we listen to localized needs. Our WASH interventions are targeted to achieve positive impacts on the poorest and most marginalised members of society in Nepal, contributing to the underlying principle of “putting the last first” in our implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Furthermore, we develop the problem solving and leadership capabilities of our International and Nepali Volunteers, providing opportunity for cross cultural awareness and understanding and the development of global competencies to better equip them for the sustainable challenges ahead.


Check back for more updates on our ongoing development work in Nepal.

Post by communications officer, Susie Hill and photography by Rachael Sture. For more information and the latest updates, follow the progress of our programmes in Nepal on Facebook and Instagram



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