• Securing healthy lives and sustainable livelihoods for 10,000 young people in Liberia

    June 2017

    Securing healthy lives and sustainable livelihoods for 10,000 young people in Liberia

    From 2014 to 2017, the Securing Healthy Lives and Sustainable Livelihoods Project was implemented in five locations – Gbarnga (Bong County), Zorzor (Lofa County), Ganta (Nimba County), Yekepa (Nimba County) and Zwedru (Grand Gedeh County) by the YMCA of Liberia in collaboration with partners and Y Care International.

    The project was aimed at improving the lives of 10,000 vulnerable young people (women and men) aged 15-24 in the five targeted locations. The project provided vocational training; access to employment opportunities as well as information on improved SRH care services.

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    Research Reports

    Health and wellbeing,Enterprise & Employability
    Liberia
  • Philippines Economic and Disaster Resilience Programme

    January 2017

    Philippines Economic and Disaster Resilience Programme

    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) devastated large parts of the Philippines as the category 5 storm swept across the Visayas region.

    Purpose of the evaluation:

    • Review the effectiveness of the economic resilience and DRR programme;
    • Assess progress in achieving the objectives, results and activities as outlined in the project proposal, and the effectiveness of the approaches and methodology used to achieve these;
    • Discuss the results for direct beneficiaries, their families and communities and the process used to achieve these;
    • Capture learning from the project (i.e. analyse what worked well and what worked less well and why) to guide YCI, APAY and YMCA of the Philippines in determining the effectiveness of the project and help guide future projects;

     

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Philippines
  • Young people as agents of change: Liberia and Togo slum transformation

    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Liberia,Togo
  • Act2Live: Healthy lives for young women and men in Africa

    2016

    Act2Live: Healthy lives for young women and men in Africa

    From 2012 to 2015, the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative supported nearly 120,000 young people in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve their access to healthcare information and services.

    We worked with young people, service providers and decision makers to improve knowledge on health, increase access to health services and improve policy and practice around health.

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    Health and wellbeing
    Liberia,Madagascar,Sierra Leone,Togo,Zambia
  • Skills, jobs and confidence building for vulnerable young people in Myanmar

    2016

    Skills, jobs and confidence building for vulnerable young people in Myanmar

    From 2013 to 2016 we and the Myanmar YMCA and three local organisations supported vulnerable young people, including young people with disabilities, commercial sex workers and young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) to get jobs, set up their own businesses and be more active in their communities.

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    Learning Summaries

    Youth Justice,Enterprise & Employability
    Myanmar
  • Culture, Vulnerability & Resilience in Madagascar

    December 2016

    Culture, Vulnerability & Resilience in Madagascar

    Culture is increasingly being recognised as playing a key role in Disaster Risk Reducation and development. This study looks at the relationship between culture and vulnerability in two villages in Madagascar, to examine how socio-cultural factors impact the vulnerability and resilience of local people.

    The study found that traditional belief systems and values, associated with a strong culture, could be seen to increase certain metrics of vulnerability. These were, however, generally offset by increased levels of social capital and kinship, which contributed to community resilience. The study reflects on western conceptual frameworks such as the Vulnerability & Capacities Index, and highlights the importance of including key cultural factors into resilience frameworks despite their innate complexity.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Madagascar
  • Annual Report & Accounts 2015/16

    2017

    Annual Report & Accounts 2015/16

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2015/16 and share success stories from around the world.

    Including:

    • Introduction for Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach and president, Terry Waite CBE
    • Meet the young people transforming their lives across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East
    • A full breakdown of our financial performance over the year
    • Our plans for the year ahead

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • Young people as agents of change helping to transform slum settlements in Liberia and Togo

    September 2016

    Young people as agents of change helping to transform slum settlements in Liberia and Togo

    This is an end-of-term evaluation for the “Young People as Agents of Change Helping to Transform Slum Settlements Project”, funded by Comic Relief and implemented by three partners Y Care International, Liberia and Togo YMCAs. The project aimed to promote development in 4 slum communities of Slipway, West Point (Monrovia in Liberia) and Katanga, Gbenyedji (Lomé in Togo). It directly reached 24,052 people; 11,062 slum households; 12,543 children and young people living in slums; 202 economically active people in slums and 245 people in civic organizations. Activities ranged from peer education, training, advocacy, recreation, hazard vulnerability and capacity assessment (HVCA) and peer education. Vocational training, business training and post training support were provided. Technical training and exchange visits were organised with civic society organizations. Indirectly the project reached 17,136 people, 867 children and young people living in slums with advocacy campaigns, 16 272 slum households with clean water, improved sanitation and income for households.

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Liberia,Togo
  • A Spatial Analysis of ‘Ghetto-Dwellers’ in Monrovia, Liberia

    June 2016

    A Spatial Analysis of ‘Ghetto-Dwellers’ in Monrovia, Liberia

    Across the globe, people are forcibly displaced from their homes, livelihoods and support networks for a variety of reasons. In 2012, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimated there to be at least 28.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) across the globe. In 2013, the UNHCR claimed there are 15.2 million ‘refugees of concern’ across the globe; people who have had to leave their country to face great uncertainty for the hope of sanctuary, support or merely survival.

    Through research conducted in Liberia, this report aims to show a form of marginalisation formed by place association. Within Monrovia’s slums, the ‘ghettos’ act as concentrated areas of marginalised youth, ex-combatant, criminal and drug dependent populations, often living in terrible circumstances of poor health, housing, social support and political oppression. However, the term ‘ghetto’, has never surfaced in reports by NGOs or academics to date.

    This research aims to provide a tool by which ‘marginalisation’ can be assessed by identifying areas in communities that people feel fear, unease or hostility towards. Central to this report is the idea that sustainable urban development necessitates the inclusion of those at the ‘bottom of society’. In this report, violence is treated as a form of social behaviour people must utilise as they have no other option. By identifying and understanding the structures forcing people to this behaviour, NGOs can work to bring people out of this cycle and into a safer livelihood and social cycle.

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Liberia
  • Mobile Phones and Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship in Lomé, Togo

    May 2016

    Mobile Phones and Youth Employment & Entrepreneurship in Lomé, Togo

    This report critically examines the concept of creating a global information society through digitally connecting the world’s population. Although many in the development field and the private sector alike emphasise the many benefits of mobile phone use and ownership for young people in developing countries, this study finds several issues that must be further investigated.

    The analysis uses Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach to better understand the desired freedoms that may be achieved through using mobile phones. Sen’s approach also provides insight as to how one may expand one’s capabilities through what determines one’s characteristics for personal change (these will be referred to in this report as ‘personal conversion characteristics’).

    This report provides a critical examination of the capabilities that are engendered by mobile phone use and ownership, by focusing on the youth of Katanga – a small fishing village in the periphery of Lomé. To do this, the author uses semi-structured oral histories interview methodology to interview 18 young people from Katanga.

     

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Togo
  • Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15

    2016

    Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2014/15 and share success stories from around the world.

    Including:

    • Introduction for Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach and president, Terry Waite CBE
    • Meet the young people transforming their lives across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East
    • A full breakdown of our financial performance over the year
    • Our plans for the year ahead
    • Our Strategy 2020 – For Young People, Changing Lives

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • Sierra Leone YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

    February 2016

    Sierra Leone YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

    The world’s worst Ebola outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and by late 2015 had led to more than 11,000 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The first cases of Ebola were confirmed in Sierra Leone in May 2014 and led to more than 14,000 cases of Ebola in the country, and just under 4,000 deaths. The Ebola outbreak had an impact not just on health, but also the economy, education, food security and community relationships. Sierra Leone YMCA responded to the emergency through a number of projects, reaching more than 37,000 people with information on Ebola through trained community volunteers or ‘peer educators’ and more than 2,500 people with food support.

    In July 2015, Y Care International evaluated our emergency response to identify lessons learned  and areas for improvement for future emergency response. Overall more than 30 people were consulted in the evaluation process including staff from national and local branches of Sierra Leone YMCA, young people, peer educators and community stakeholders. This report provides an overview of Sierra Leone YMCA’s Ebola outbreak emergency response projects, summarises the findings of the evaluation, and gives a set of key recommendations for future emergency response, both for Sierra Leone YMCA – relevant also for other local and or national organisations – and the wider YMCA Movement.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Sierra Leone
  • Ebola Emergency Response

    February 2016

    Ebola Emergency Response

    The largest Ebola outbreak in history started in West Africa in December 2013. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in August 2014. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had not experienced an Ebola outbreak before and so understanding of prevention measures and trust in public information was extremely low.

    Y Care International’s emergency response contributed to slowing and eventually ending the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia through YMCAs there. Emergency response activities focused on increasing community understanding through trained young community volunteers, and providing access to preventative measures such as hand-washing facilities, in locations and communities where Sierra Leone and Liberia YMCAs had existing presence and capacity.

    The various emergency response projects were evaluated, and the key findings and recommendations are summarised in this publication.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Liberia,Sierra Leone
  • Liberia YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

    November 2015

    Liberia YMCA Ebola Outbreak Emergency Response

    In April 2015, Y Care International facilitated an evaluation of Liberia YMCA’s emergency response to the world’s worst Ebola outbreak. The Ebola outbreak had an impact not just on health, but also livelihoods, education, food security and community relationships.

    Liberia YMCA responded to the emergency through a number of projects, reaching more than 45,000 people with information on Ebola through trained community volunteers or ‘peer educators’ and more than 7,400 people with food support. The evaluation identified lessons learned and areas for improvement for future emergency response including recommendations for Liberia YMCA – relevant also for other local and national organisations – and the wider YMCA Movement.

     

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Liberia
  • Empowering young women to increase their economic opportunities and participation in decision making in the ‘Seam Zones’ of the West Bank

    November 2015

    Empowering young women to increase their economic opportunities and participation in decision making in the ‘Seam Zones’ of the West Bank

    Young women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) often find themselves economically and socially marginalised due to cultural barriers and the wider socio-political context of the Israeli occupation.

    Between 2012-2015, Y Care International supported the East Jerusalem YMCA (EJYMCA) Women’s Training Programme to implement a project focusing on young women’s access to enterprise, employment and participation in decision making across six locations in the Seam Zones of the West Bank.

    The project was evaluated in April 2015 and key findings and recommendations are summarised in this publication.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Palestine
  • Enhancing support and protection to street children and young people in Lusaka, Zambia

    November 2015

    Enhancing support and protection to street children and young people in Lusaka, Zambia

    Poverty, parental negligence and abuse force children and young people to live on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia.

    Between 2011 and 2015, Y Care International supported the YMCA of Zambia to implement a project enhancing protection for children and young people living and working on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia. The project aimed to improve children and young people’s access to education, vocational training, care and essential support services; and build the capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to address the needs of children and young people on the streets.

    The project was evaluated in March 2015 and key findings, learnings and recommendations are summarised in this publication.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Zambia
  • Putting vulnerable communities on the map: A research report on what influences digital map-making with young volunteers in Bangladesh

    November 2015

    Putting vulnerable communities on the map: A research report on what influences digital map-making with young volunteers in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is one of the countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change, and experiences frequent flooding and cyclones, and landslides and droughts. Yet limited geographic information or maps are available for many parts of flood-prone Bangladesh. Detailed maps give individuals, organisations and governments’ information to support them in planning disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities and preparing for crises. They also help humanitarian response actors to get aid where it is needed most.

    The Missing Maps project aims to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world to address this need, using volunteers, and making the maps freely available online using OpenStreetMap. The project is a collaborative initiative of American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières UK and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Y Care International piloted the involvement of young volunteers from the UK partnering with young local volunteers – all on the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme – to map communities in Bangladesh.

    This research aims to understand what factors influence the production of maps, both at the local level, and remotely, and how this impacts what is eventually represented in those maps. This will help to consider the most effective ways for volunteers to support truly participative mapping.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Bangladesh
  • Youth-led Advocacy for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Guide

    October 2015

    Youth-led Advocacy for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Guide

    This guide is a practical training resource aimed at Y Care International project staff and partners to aid youth-led advocacy activities for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

    The guide is divided into the seven steps of the advocacy cycle, and is designed to be read either as a whole or by individual step, depending on need. The steps include (i) Identify the issues (ii) Collect the evidence (iii) Establish your objectives (iv) Identify targets (v) Choose an influencing strategy (vi) Create an Advocacy Action Plan and (vii) Monitor and Evaluate.

    Within each step of the guide there are useful tools, exercises, resources and case studies to enable users to gain ideas and build their own Advocacy Action Plan by the end of the guide.

    This resource also available in French and Spanish.

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    Learning Summaries

  • Empowering young people with disabilities to access their rights in the West Bank

    2015

    Empowering young people with disabilities to access their rights in the West Bank

    In a complex and challenging socio-economic context like the Occupied Palestinian Territory, young people with disabilities find themselves marginalised and unable to be active members of society: young women are particularly at risk of isolation.

    Between 2010-2013, Y Care International supported the East Jerusalem YMCA (EJYMCA) to carry out a project focusing on access to rights, including livelihoods, of young people with physical disabilities (YPWD) in four locations in the West Bank.

    The project was evaluated in August 2013 and key findings and recommendations are summarised in the publication.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Palestine
  • Young people in conflict with the law in Togo, West Africa

    2015

    Young people in conflict with the law in Togo, West Africa

    For ten years, Y Care International and the Young Men’s Christian Association of Togo (YMCA Togo) have been working together to protect and promote the rights of young people in conflict with the law in Togo.

    In November 2013, Y Care International and YMCA Togo launched a new three-year programme to reduce human rights violations and improve access to fair trials for young people in detention in five prisons: the juvenile detention centre in Lomé and the public jails in Lomé, Atakpamé, Sokodé, and Kara.

    Summarised here are the key findings from the baseline conducted in 2014 to establish the current situation for young people detained in Togolese prisons.

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    Learning Summaries

    Youth Justice
    Togo
  • Empowering young women to increase their economic opportunities and participation in decision making in the West bank

    June 2015

    Empowering young women to increase their economic opportunities and participation in decision making in the West bank

    Young women in Occupied Palestinian Territory often find themselves economically and socially marginalized due to cultural barriers and the wider socio-political context of the Israeli occupation.

    Between 2012-2015, Y Care International supported the East Jerusalem YMCA (EJYMCA) to implement a project focusing on young women’s access to employment & enterprise and participation in decision making across six locations in the West Bank.

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Palestine
  • Rebuilding the lives of conflict-affected children and young people

    May 2015

    Rebuilding the lives of conflict-affected children and young people

    For over 30 years the Casamance region of southern Senegal has been affected by a civil conflict. Poverty is widespread in Senegal; a lack of social infrastructure, worsened by the effects of the conflict, has limited the population’s access to education, health care and job opportunities.

    Between 2006 and 2010, Y Care International worked with the Senegal YMCA to undertake a project, funded by Comic Relief, to support marginalised young people in the Casamance region. The project aimed to regenerate communities by: providing mosquito nets to prevent malaria, rebuilding structures that were damaged or destroyed, building schools, health and maternity centres, providing school fees and supplies for orphaned or vulnerable children, giving training to young people, and providing microfinance to people to set up small businesses. Young people were also trained as peer educators and taught about health issues and peace building to promote well-being and harmonious social relations throughout the region.

    In November 2014 a cohort of International Citizen Service (ICS) volunteers visited a number of villages targeted by the project to carry out an Impact Assessment (IA). Namely, these were the villages of Enampor, Diagobel, Youtou, Gonoum and Mpack.

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    Research Reports

    Health and wellbeing
    Senegal
  • Reducing Home Abandonment in Bogotá, Colombia

    2015

    Reducing Home Abandonment in Bogotá, Colombia

    From 2002 and 2006, Y Care International supported the Bogotá YMCA to work with over 10,000 children and young people at risk of running away from home, many of whom often ended up living on the streets of Bogotá.

    In 2012, staff from Y Care International and Bogotá YMCA conducted an Impact Assessment to explore how successful the project was in reducing the risk of ‘home abandonment’ through changing young people’s social networks and relationships within the household, improving their personal skills and confidence and helping strengthen local service provision for at risk children and young people

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    Research Reports

    Health and wellbeing
    Colombia
  • Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth in Guatemalan Society

    2015

    Inclusion of Vulnerable Youth in Guatemalan Society

    Y Care International has supported Guatemala Young Men’s Christian Association’s (YMCA) work with vulnerable young people affected by violence since 2013.

    In post-conflict Guatemala the legacy of a brutal 36 year-long conflict has led to a culture of violence from which the country is yet to emerge. Violence is fuelled by high levels of exclusion and inequality, poor education and health services, unemployment, dysfunctional family units, and limited livelihoods opportunities. Young people are most at risk of violence, either as victims or perpetrators.

    The project seeks to reduce young people’s vulnerability to violence by using sports and arts as a tool for youth development and equip them with: skills to resolve conflict in a peaceful, non-violent way; knowledge about their rights; and skills to transform community spaces into safe sport and recreation spaces.The project provides support to family members to reduce domestic conflict, as well as supporting teachers in schools where young people are involved in gang-related and peer violence.

    Young people are lead community awareness raising activities to reduce stigma and discrimination towards young people and promote non-violent conflict resolution. Agreements are being established with local government to protect young people from violence and defend their rights.

    Two Y Care International staff members visited Guatemala YMCA to assess the progress of the programme as it reached its mid-point. The findings presented in this report will inform our current programming in Guatemala and future programming in the region and across our portfolio of programmes with young people.

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    Learning Summaries

    Youth Justice
    Guatemala
  • Preventing the Commercial Exploitation of Children, Adolescents and Young people in Bogotá

    2015

    Preventing the Commercial Exploitation of Children, Adolescents and Young people in Bogotá

    From 2010-2013, Y Care International supported the Bogotá YMCA to carry out a project aimed at reducing the risk of children and young people being sexually exploited for money by criminal gangs in the Kennedy district.

    Poverty, poor attendance at school, high unemployment, high crime rates, easy access to drugs, and a poorly regulated red light district all contribute to an increased risk to children and young people of being ‘groomed’ (prepared) for commercial sexual exploitation.

    The project took a holistic approach working with children, young people and their parents, paying special attention to the relationship and work with educational institutions which admit and support vulnerable young people. The project was evaluated in October 2013 and key findings and recommendations are summarised in the report

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Colombia
  • Reducing Home Abandonment in Bogotá, Colombia

    2015

    Reducing Home Abandonment in Bogotá, Colombia

    Between 2002 and 2006, Y Care International supported the Bogotá YMCA to work with over 10,000 children and young people at risk of running away from home, many of whom often ended up living on the streets of Bogotá.

    In 2012, staff from Y Care International and Bogotá YMCA conducted an Impact Assessment to explore how successful the project was in reducing the risk of ‘home abandonment’ through changing young people’s social networks and relationships within the household, improving their personal skills and confidence and helping strengthen local service provision for at risk children and young people.

    The key findings of the Impact Assessment are summarised in this report.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Colombia
  • Post-disaster livelihood support for out of school youth affected by the 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince

    2015

    Post-disaster livelihood support for out of school youth affected by the 2010 earthquake in Port au Prince

    Between 2011–2013, Y Care International supported IDEJEN (Initiative for the Development of Youth – Initiative pour le Developpement des Jeunes) to carry out a post-disaster livelihoods project in Port au Prince, Haiti.

    The project responded to the needs of young people affected by the 2010 earthquake. Prior to the devastating 2010 earthquake, more than a third of the population over five had no schooling and less than a third had completed elementary school. Over 1.5 million people were made homeless as a result of the earthquake, more than 220,000 were killed and an outbreak of cholera later in the year affected more than 250,000 people.

    Y Care International and IDEJEN provided vocational training and post-training support to 309 out-of-school young women and men aged 15-24 living in poor slum areas or temporary camps in the capital Port au Prince. The project also worked with six community based organisations (CBOs) to build their long term capacity to meet the needs of young people. The 18 month project was evaluated in July 2013 and key findings and recommendations are summarised in this report.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience,Enterprise & Employability
    Haiti
  • Empowering communities in Bangladesh with disaster management skills and knowledge

    2015

    Empowering communities in Bangladesh with disaster management skills and knowledge

    Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, with a large majority of the population frequently exposed to flooding, cyclones, storms and tidal bores. Around 80 per cent of the country’s surface is comprised of the delta plains of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river system, which regularly floods during the annual monsoon season. Y Care International supported the National Council of YMCAs (NCYB) of Bangladesh to carry out a youth-focused disaster risk reduction pilot project in Bogra, Chittagong and Gopalgonj.

    The pilot project  increased awareness on disaster preparedness and management amongst vulnerable communities which are all frequently impacted by natural hazards; and to build the capacity of NCYB and the YMCAs to manage and implement youth-led and community-based DRR. The key findings and recommendations are summarised in this report.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Bangladesh
  • Annual Review 2013/14

    2014

    Annual Review 2013/14

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2013/14 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

    Including:

    – Introduction for Y Care International CEO, Adam Leach

    – We profile the exciting new projects that we’ve launched this year

    – Meet the young people we’ve supported across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

    – A breakdown of our financial  performance over the year

    – A special message from Y Care International president, Terry Waite CBE

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    Annual Reviews

  • Why the International Standards of Humanitarian Response Matter: The influence of religious-politically extreme groups in Pakistan disaster relief

    October 2014

    Why the International Standards of Humanitarian Response Matter: The influence of religious-politically extreme groups in Pakistan disaster relief

    This report is a summary of the findings of a study carried out by a local partner supported by Y Care International in the Sindh Province, Pakistan in 2012.

    The study aimed to explore whether the widespread flooding that affected large parts of Pakistan in 2010, and again in 2011 and 2012 provided opportunities for radical groups to use humanitarian aid as a route for recruiting new members.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Pakistan
  • Enhancing the resilience and reducing the risk of disasters in the Ayeyarwady region, Myanmar

    October 2014

    Enhancing the resilience and reducing the risk of disasters in the Ayeyarwady region, Myanmar

    In 2013, Y Care International supported the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Myanmar to carry out a pilot project focusing on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Townships of Einme and Ngapudaw in the Ayeyarwady Region of Myanmar. The project aimed to build resilience and reduce vulnerability of communities exposed to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes and landslides. CWS-Asia/Pacific provided support to the YMCA in-country and liaised closely with Y Care International throughout.

    The project focused on strengthening the capacity of the YMCA Head Office, the local YMCA branch in Pathein and communities on disaster preparedness, mitigation and response; on fostering a culture of learning and learning opportunities around youth led DRR. The pilot project was evaluated in January 2014 and key findings and recommendations are summarised in this report.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Myanmar
  • Support for children and young people in crisis in Madagascar

    October 2014

    Support for children and young people in crisis in Madagascar

    Between 2008 and 2012, Y Care InternationaI supported Madagascar YMCA to provide young people in Carion and Ankazomanga with training and support to help them to get a job or establish a micro-enterprise, as well as access youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. The project was designed to respond to the multiple crises facing young men and women in the area: each year around 300,000 young men and women enter the job market without any form of qualification or training and the country is ranked 155th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index.

    The 2009 political crisis compounded the desperate situation for much of Madagascar’s population and led to one of the worst economic downturns in its history. Madagascar YMCA and Y Care International’s efforts to address these problems were externally evaluated in 2012 and the main findings are summarised in this report.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Madagascar
  • Young people’s prioritisation of disaster and everyday risks

    October 2014

    Young people’s prioritisation of disaster and everyday risks

    Madagascar is particularly vulnerable to disasters. Extreme poverty and the political instability which the country has experienced for many years exacerbate this vulnerability. There is a real need here to build the capacity of communities to reduce disaster risks, deal with disaster impacts, and adapt to a changing climate.

    This research seeks to add to the body of knowledge on the area of disaster resilience while looking specifically at the ways young people and their communities perceive and prioritise risks in a disaster-prone area of Madagascar. Findings showed that young people and community members rank social and economic concerns much higher than disaster risks, despite having been affected by Cyclone Giovanna in 2012. The value of young people playing a part in their communities both in decision-making and disaster risk reduction is central to this study.

    Y Care International hopes that the findings and recommendations from the research will help to inform future project design and ensure that youth-led community-based DRR activities and projects take into account the priorities young people and their communities make relating to the risks which affect them.

    This research report is also available in French.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Myanmar
  • The Ebola outbreak in Liberia: Young people’s needs in the West Point Slum

    October 2014

    The Ebola outbreak in Liberia: Young people’s needs in the West Point Slum

    The deadly Ebola virus has claimed more than 2,400 lives throughout five affected West African countries. More than half of Ebola-related deaths have been in Liberia.

    The West Point community in the capital Monrovia is the most densely-populated slum in Liberia. Despite a lack of official statistics to show how many cases of Ebola have been detected in West Point, the area has been identified by the Liberian government as high-risk. As a result, its extremely poor population of more than 75,000 have faced harsh anti-Ebola measures that have damaged their livelihoods, health and access to food and water. In September 2014 Y Care International (YCI) and the YMCA of Liberia surveyed young people living in West Point to gather a clear picture of their situation. This report presents the findings of the needs assessment, and makes recommendations about how aid agencies and governments can respond.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Liberia
  • Vocational training for young people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    2014

    Vocational training for young people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Between 2006 and 2010, Y Care International supported the East Jerusalem YMCA Vocational Training Centre in Jericho (EJYMCA VTC) to provide vocational training and post training support to almost 600 disadvantaged young people from across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

    In June 2013, a Y Care International Impact Assessment team visited the EJYMCA VTC to assess the long term change to the lives of the young people who were trained and supported during this period. The Impact Assessment explored the extent to which the project changed young people’s access to safe and sustainable livelihoods, improved their social networks and support mechanisms, and increased their levels of wellbeing and confidence.

    The report summarises the key findings of the assessment and highlights recommendations from lessons learned.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Palestine
  • Vocational Training for Young People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    2014

    Vocational Training for Young People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    In June 2013 the Y Care International visited the East Jerusalem YMCA Vocational Training Centre in Jericho (EJYMCA VTC), Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) to assess the long term change on the beneficiaries as a result of their training at the Centre, which was supported by Y Care International and the European Union from 2006-2010.

    We collected Stories of Change from young men and women and conducted interviews members of staff from the EJYMCA. The Impact Assessment explored the extent to which the project changed young people’s access to safe and sustainable livelihoods, improved social networks and support mechanisms, and increased wellbeing and confidence. This report summarises the key findings of the assessment and highlights key recommendations from lessons learned.

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Palestine
  • Young women’s livelihoods in the Seam Zones, Occupied Palestinian Territory – Challenges and solutions

    2014

    Young women’s livelihoods in the Seam Zones, Occupied Palestinian Territory – Challenges and solutions

    The East Jerusalem YMCA’s Women’s Training Programme and YWCA-YMCA of Sweden are implementing a three-year project which aims to reduce poverty levels and social exclusion among disadvantaged young women in Ramallah and Salfit districts.

    The project aims to increase the understanding of local and national government decision makers on the challenges facing young women in the Seam Zones and to support their capacity to develop gender and youth-sensitive plans for their communities with the active participation of young women in the communities identified in the Seam Zones.

    This report details the work undertaken and presents recommendations for a variety of stakeholders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to improve livelihood opportunities for young women in Seam Zone areas.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Palestine
  • Voice of Youth: Discussion on Class, Caste, Drugs And Gangs

    2013

    Voice of Youth: Discussion on Class, Caste, Drugs And Gangs

    This youth-led research report is a result of the ‘Diversity global youth work project delivered with West London YMCA. All participants were young people born in countries of conflict or whose families are from countries of conflict.

    The London group worked with parallel groups of young people from Brierfield and Nelson (East Lancashire) and Normanton (Derby). Together  they attended a residential workshop to learn about research techniques and to discuss and agree on topics and an research approach in April 2013. They then spent five months consulting with other young people and met again as a group to agree conclusions and design the report in November 2013.

    The report has been published with International Alert, Lancashire Global Education Centre and Global Education Derby. It was funded by the European Commission.

     

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Supporting youth livelihoods and governance in Sierra Leone and Liberia

    2014

    Supporting youth livelihoods and governance in Sierra Leone and Liberia

    Between 2009 and 2013 Y Care International worked with the YMCAs of Liberia and Sierra Leone to tackle the high levels of exclusion, marginalisation and unemployment experienced by vulnerable and conflict-affected young people in each country.

    The project design reflected the shared recent history of conflict in each country and the shared experiences of young people, where unemployment rates were as high as 85 per cent and exclusion of young people from local decision making was widespread. The project tackled these issues through supporting almost 1,800 young people across nine locations to learn a trade and either start up their own business or get a job, training young people to participate in local decision making, monitor local budgets and deal with conflict non-violently, and strengthening the capacity of both YMCAs to be leading youth focused organisations.

    The project was evaluated in 2013 and the key findings are highlighted in this publication.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Sierra Leone
  • The role of social capital in disaster resilience

    2014

    The role of social capital in disaster resilience

    The purpose of the research is to get a better understanding of the influence of social capital on disaster resilience in remote rural communities in an area of Myanmar particularly exposed to natural hazards, the Ayerwaddy Region.

    This analysis has been carried out by assessing the strength of civil society and linkages of and between remote rural communities, and looks at the extent to which these villages rely on each other to reduce their own vulnerability to disaster risks.  Y Care International hopes that the findings and recommendations from the research will help to inform future project design and ensure community-based DRR projects and activities empower young people and their communities to reduce the risk of future disasters.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Myanmar
  • Post-flood skills training in Pakistan

    2014

    Post-flood skills training in Pakistan

    In May 2012, Y Care International supported Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A) to implement a disaster recovery project in Sindh province that aimed to rebuild the lives of young people affected by the floods in 2010 and 2011.

    Before the floods, Sindh province in southern Pakistan was ranked as one of the poorest areas of the country. The devastating floods caused widespread damage affecting over 20 million people nationwide with Sindh being the worst affected province.

    The project aimed to improve livelihood opportunities and welfare of flood-affected families through vocational training for young men at a Construction Trades Training Centre (CTTC) run by CWS-P/A. The following findings and recommendations are based on an internal evaluation of the project carried out 12 months after the CTTC trainees had graduated.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Pakistan
  • Rebuilding the lives of street and working children and young people in Colombia

    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Colombia
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Zambia – YWCA

    November 2013

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Zambia – YWCA

    In 2012 Zambia YWCA facilitated youth-led research among 378 young people aged 15-25 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research was aimed at engaging young people from three deprived areas in Chipata, Kaoma and Lusaka districts to establish which health issues were being neglected and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Zambia
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Zambia – YMCA

    November 2013

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Zambia – YMCA

    In 2012 Zambia YMCA facilitated youth-led research among 385 young people aged 15-25 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research, carried out over two months, was aimed at engaging young people from deprived areas in Lusaka, Chibombo, and Kitwe districts to establish which health issues were being neglected and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

    Read more...

    Learning Summaries

    Zambia
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Zimbabwe

    November 2013

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Zimbabwe

    In 2012 YMCA Zimbabwe facilitated youth-led research among 640 young people aged 13-24 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research was aimed at engaging young people from deprived communities in three urban areas (Harare, Chegutu and Kadoma), and one rural area (Tanda), to establish which health issues are being neglected, and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Zimbabwe
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Madagascar

    November 2013

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Madagascar

    In 2012 Madagascar YMCA facilitated youth-led research among 516 young people aged 15-25 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research, carried out over two months, was aimed at engaging young people from three districts: Antananarivo (urban), Carion (semi-urban) and Morarano (rural), to establish which health issues were being neglected and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Madagascar
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Togo

    November 2013

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Togo

    In 2012 Togo YMCA facilitated youth-led research among 277 young people aged 14-25 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research was aimed at engaging vulnerable young people from four deprived areas of the capital, Lomé (Katanga, Akodesséwa, Akassimé, and Gbossimé), to understand which health issues are being neglected, and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Togo
  • Using Global Youth Work to Engage Young People at the Margins: An Evaluation Of The Gangs, Guns and Knives Project

    2013

    Using Global Youth Work to Engage Young People at the Margins: An Evaluation Of The Gangs, Guns and Knives Project

    Between 2010  and 2013 we ran a three year pilot project called Gangs, Guns and Knives. With this funding, Y Care International has supported global youth work in 12 sites with 180 offenders or young people at risk of offending. Five of these sites worked with offenders in secure settings such as youth offender institutes while seven worked with young people in youth work settings. During the sessions young people explored the causes and effects of gang, gun and knife crime both in the Global South and locally. 

    The project was evaluated by De Montfort University who produced a final report on the impact of a global youth work approach in addressing gang, gun and knife crime was published in 2013.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Evaluation of the Global Youth Work in Action project (2010-13)

    2013

    Evaluation of the Global Youth Work in Action project (2010-13)

    Between 2009 and 2013, Y Care International engaged over a 1000 marginalised young people from across the UK between the ages of 16-25 to increase their understanding, empathy and interconnection with global issues, international development and poverty. Youth workers at more than 30 separate projects across the UK took part in the programme, helping young people to relate the global issues to their own lives. Read more about the project.

    Each of the separate projects then collected detailed monitoring and evaluation data which was then collated and analysed by De Montfort University. This was launched at a high profile event in April 2013. The report was written by Dr Momodou Sallah, a senior lecturer from the University and is the biggest study of its kind published in the UK.

    The final evaluation report details the different activities undertaken in the project and its impact on young people.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • 2012/13 Annual Report & Accounts

    November 2013

    2012/13 Annual Report & Accounts

    Y Care International’s annual report and accounts for the financial year 2012/13

    Including:

    – What our projects have achieved over the year
    – Governance and structure
    – Our future plans
    – Detailed breakdown of financial commitments

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • Justice and rehabilitation for young people in prison or at risk of offending in Togo

    October 2013

    Justice and rehabilitation for young people in prison or at risk of offending in Togo

    Between 2009 and 2012, Y Care International worked with the YMCA of Togo to implement an innovative project tackling the rights violations of young men and women in prison, whilst also working with young people at risk of offending in some of Lomé and Atakpamé’s most deprived communities.

    The project was designed to respond to the multiple crises facing ex-detainees as well as young people caught up in the justice system, including arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention, no access to legal support, high levels of abuse in custody, limited post-release rehabilitation opportunities, extremely poor health in overcrowded prison cells, high re-offending rates, and stigma and discrimination at family and community levels.

    Togo YMCA and Y Care International’s efforts to address these problems were externally evaluated in 2012 and the main findings are summarised in this publication.

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    Learning Summaries

    Youth Justice
    Togo
  • Young people’s health in times of flooding

    October 2013

    Young people’s health in times of flooding

    A research report on the opportunities and constraints for building resilience for healthcare provision in Bogra, Bangladesh.

    This report summarises the findings from research in two communities in Bogra, Bangladesh this summer. The purpose of this research is to understand the opportunities and barriers for building resilience for emergency healthcare provision and accessing healthcare in times of emergency. The recommendations will help to ensure community-based DRR and other projects and activities also address the healthcare needs of young people and their communities.

    The research report is the result of a collaboration with King’s College London and a research trip carried out by Hannah Jobse earlier this year.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Bangladesh
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Senegal

    2012

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Senegal

    In 2012 YMCA Senegal facilitated youth-led research among 359 young people aged 15-24 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative being implemented in six countries across sub Saharan Africa. The research was aimed at engaging vulnerable young people from deprived areas in the regions of Thiès, Kaolack and Ziguinchor to establish which health issues are being neglected, and the quality, availability, and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Senegal
  • Neglected health issues facing young people in Liberia

    2012

    Neglected health issues facing young people in Liberia

    In 2012 YMCA Liberia facilitated youth-led research among 150 young people aged 15-24 as part of the Act2Live Youth Health Initiative, being implemented in six countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The research was aimed at engaging young people from deprived areas in the counties of Bong, Lofa and Montserrado, to establish which health issues are being neglected, and the quality, availability and accessibility of youth-friendly healthcare services.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Liberia
  • Transforming young people’s lives in slum settlements in Sierra Leone

    2013

    Transforming young people’s lives in slum settlements in Sierra Leone

    Between 2007 and 2011, Y Care International supported the Sierra Leone YMCA to implement an ambitious project targeting vulnerable young people in two large slum settlements in Freetown. The project, which was funded by Comic Relief, provided training and support for young people to help them get a job or start a business, improved access to water and sanitation in each community, and lobbied the government to implement policies that took into account the needs and rights of people living in slums.

    The project also successfully established a network of women’s led-savings groups that grew into a nationwide movement of people living in slum settlements – a movement that continues to grow and mobilise support for community participation in slum upgrading. The project was externally evaluated in 2011 and the main finding are summarised below.

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    Learning Summaries

    Health and wellbeing
    Sierra Leone
  • Sierra Leone youth led community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

    2013

    Sierra Leone youth led community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

    In 2012, Y Care International supported the Sierra Leone YMCA to carry out a disaster risk reduction (DRR) pilot project in two urban slum communities of Freetown. The aim of this pilot project was to learn the best ways of reducing the risk of disasters such as flooding and cholera in urban slum communities of Freetown through involving young people in preparing for, carrying out activities to reduce the risk of, and responding to, such disasters. The project is a good example of youth participation in DRR, collaboration with other agencies, and learning through research on youth volunteerism.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Sierra Leone
  • Annual Review 2012/13

    2013

    Annual Review 2012/13

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2012/13 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

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    Annual Reviews

  • Investing in Youth in International Development Policy

    2013

    Investing in Youth in International Development Policy

    Young people account for nearly one third of the current global population. Today’s youth generation is the largest cohort of young people ever; 1.2 billion people aged 15 ‐ 24 (Beyond 2015, 2013). Just fewer than 90% live in developing countries and close to half of these young people live in poverty, on less than USD 2 per day (UNFPA, 2010). Many countries in the developed world – particularly in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, are experiencing a ‘youth bulge,’ which is defined as a peak in the share of persons aged 15-24 in the population. As the international community assesses its progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and prepares the post-2015 agenda, there is a one-off window, whereby concerted international effort can enable developing countries to reap a ‘demographic dividend’ from educated, healthy and gainfully employed young people, and can achieve substantially higher rates of economic growth. After 2015, the ‘youth bulge’ in developing countries will likely plateau, so action is needed now to take advantage of the enormous potential generated by these youthful populations.

    This report gathers evidence from previous research, key expert interviews and case studies to make a strong case for why the United Kingdom Government (UK) and other international development actors should apply a youth lens to all their development policies. With a focus on the need for entrenched mechanisms of youth participation in the design, implementation and evaluation of development policy, this report lays out the human rights, social and economic benefits of investing in youth. Investment in young people is an effective way to meet development priorities in an era of global contraction in development assistance and the reallocation of much international aid to security and conflict prevention.

    Click here to read the Project Briefing.

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    Global Youth Work Resources,Research Reports

  • Changing Your World – Toolkit for Young Campaigners

    2006

    Changing Your World – Toolkit for Young Campaigners

    Y Care International’s ‘Changing Your World – Campaigning and Lobbying Skills for Young People’ was a three-day residential open to young people from YMCAs across the UK and Ireland.

    Changing Your World was for any young person, regardless of previous experience. It aimed to build their confidence and skills so they could go out and make a difference in whatever area they think needs to change.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Global Youth Work in Action – Resource pack for Y Care International’s Youth Workers Network

    2007

    Global Youth Work in Action – Resource pack for Y Care International’s Youth Workers Network

    This pack contains a series of resources to help you deliver global youth work sessions with young people in your YMCA. They are grouped under the eight programme themes that guide Y Care International’s work with young people all over the world. These are:

    – Health promotion
    – HIV/AIDS
    – Emergency relief and rehabilitation
    – Post conflict
    – Youth citizenship
    – Youth justice
    – Strengthening youth-serving organisations
    – Life skills and livelihoods

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Youth Justice in Action – Global youth work resource pack

    2007

    Youth Justice in Action – Global youth work resource pack

    Across the world justice systems are failing young people and society – that’s the message behind Y Care International’s global campaign, Youth Justice in Action.

    Y Care International’s Youth Justice in Action campaign brings young people together from YMCAs in Honduras, Ireland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo and the UK to improve the lives and support the rights of young people in conflict with the law.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Child Soldiers in Colombia

    2008

    Child Soldiers in Colombia

    This resource pack is designed to be used by youth workers, volunteers and people who work with young people. It is written to help them develop youth work activities and programmes which explore the issues of conflict and child soldiers.

    Using children as soldiers has been universally condemned as unacceptable. However, hundreds of thousands of children have fought ad been killed in conflicts worldwide in the past decade. Currently, around a quarter of a million children and young people are serving as child soldiers in over twenty countries, including, Colombia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

    This pack brings together information and activities relating to child soldiers in Colombia, where Y Care International has been working with YMCA Bogotá to support former child soldiers and young people for the past five years.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    Colombia,UK & Ireland
  • Global Life Skills Resource Pack

    2009

    Global Life Skills Resource Pack

    In 2006, we embarked on a three year project with Kingston and Wimbledon YMCA. The aim of the project, funded by DFID, was to develop a global life skills course for young people who are residents at the YMCA hostel.

    Most of the young people were homeless or from marginalised backgrounds and wanted to develop the skills they need to live independently and find employment. The project helped the YMCA to integrate global issues into its day to day youth work. The Global Life Skills course was run successfully over three years at both the Surbiton and Wimbledon hostels of Kingston and Wimbledon YMCA.

    At the end of the course, a Global Life Skills Resource Pack was written so youth workers around the UK and Ireland can now deliver the course in their YMCAs. The course focuses on five themes and the pack is accompanied by a cd with powerpoints for each session on: housing, budgeting, careers advice and preparation for employment, healthy living and cooking.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Youth for Fair Trade Resource Pack

    2011

    Youth for Fair Trade Resource Pack

    Between 2009 and 2011, Y Care International provided training and support for 150 young people aged 16-25 to learn how to campaign for fainess and equality in world trade.

    As part of the project we developed a global youth work resource to help other youth workers connect young people to the key values of fairness and equality; to explore what fair trade means to them; and to support them to take action to make the world a fairer place.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Making the Connection – YMCA World Challenge

    2012

    Making the Connection – YMCA World Challenge

    On October 13th 2012 YMCAs around the world share the work of the YMCA movement with 5 million people.

    Organised by the World Alliance of YMCAs, the day aims to share how the work of the YMCA is empowering young people to transform communities through a mix of culture, sports, education and exchange programmes.

    The YMCA movement created Basketball and the day will also include the opportunity for YMCAs around the world to undertake a collective basketball shoot. Every participant will be invited to shoot a basketball, the aim being to try to have as many people as possible to shoot a basketball on the same day, and for this to be recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

    To support the YMCA World Challenge, we have created a new global youth work resource pack. The pack is aimed at youth workers to use when preparing for the World Challenge Day with young people aged 15-25.

    The pack contains instructions and guidance for a series of participative and engaging activities which explore what it means to be a part of the global YMCA movement. It will enable youth workers to support young people to make the connections between their YMCA and local community and the wider YMCA movement and global issues affecting their lives. There is no specific way of using the pack – you can begin with the activities that is most suitable for you and the group of young people you are working with.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • More Action Please – Sharing Global Youth Work Through Peer Education

    2012

    More Action Please – Sharing Global Youth Work Through Peer Education

    In 2010 YMCA Scotland secured funding from the UK Department for International Development to run a three year project to develop the peer education skills of 25 young people in their “Youth Actually” leadership programme. With support from Y Care International, these young people will deliver new and innovative global youth work in their local YMCAs.

    As part of the project, the young people attend two residentials each year where staff from Y Care International and YMCA Scotland support them with training that increases their knowledge about development issues and their confidence to use peer education techniques to inform other about global development issues.

    Back in their local YMCAs, the young people have run sessions and roadshow events that raise awareness of issues like poverty, homelessness and HIV/AIDS and make connections between these issues and their communities.

    In 2012, the third and final year of the project, we have published a resource pack to youth workers and young leaders in youth projects to train and support peer educators to bring a global dimension to their work with young people. It contains helpful hints and tips on designing, delivering and evaluating peer education.

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    Global Youth Work Resources

    Global Youth Work
    UK & Ireland
  • Youth Volunteerism and Disaster Risk Reduction 2012

    2012

    Youth Volunteerism and Disaster Risk Reduction 2012

    The purpose of this research was to understand the motivations and barriers for young people volunteering in community disaster management committees in the slum communities of Kroo Bay and Dworzack.

    Y Care International hope that the findings and recommendations from the research will help to inform future project design to ensure community-based DRR projects and activities attract and retain young volunteers.

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    Learning Summaries

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
    Sierra Leone
  • Senegal and the Gambia Youth Enterprise and Income Generation

    2013

    Senegal and the Gambia Youth Enterprise and Income Generation

    In March 2011, Y Care International staff carried out an Impact Assessment of the ‘Youth Enterprise and Income Generation’ programme. This was implemented by the YMCAs of The Gambia and Senegal between 2002 and 2006 and funded by Y Care International and Comic Relief. This was our first impact assessment – the first in a series of impact assessments of projects we support through YMCAs around the world that will explore the long term changes to the lives of vulnerable and marginalised young people.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Senegal,The Gambia
  • Vocational training for young people in Palestine

    2013

    Vocational training for young people in Palestine

    Between 2006 and 2010, Y Care International supported the East Jerusalem YMCA to provide vocational and life skills training for marginalised young people living across the occupied Palestinian territory. The training took place at the YMCA’s vocational training centre in Jericho and was externally evaluated in August 2010. These are the key findings.

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    Learning Summaries

    Enterprise & Employability
    Palestine
  • 2011/12 Annual Review

    2012

    2011/12 Annual Review

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2011/12 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

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    Annual Reviews

  • 2011/12 Annual report and accounts

    2012

    2011/12 Annual report and accounts

    Y Care International’s annual report and accounts for the financial year 2011/12

    Including:

    – What our projects have achieved over the year
    – Governance and structure
    – Our future plans
    – Detailed breakdown of financial commitments

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • Senegal and The Gambia youth enterprise and income generation

    August 2012

    Senegal and The Gambia youth enterprise and income generation

    From 2002 to 2006 Y Care International supported the YMCAs of Gambia and Senegal to implement the Youth Enterprise and Income Generating Programme (YEIG), co-financed by Comic Relief and Y Care International. In 2011, it was selected for Y Care International’s first impact assessment to determine the long-term impact of the programme on beneficiaries and to inform future programming. This report presents the findings from the impact assessment and its implications for the work of Y Care International and its partners.

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    Research Reports

    Enterprise & Employability
    Senegal,The Gambia
  • 2010/11 Annual report and accounts

    2011

    2010/11 Annual report and accounts

    Y Care International’s annual report and accounts for the financial year 2010/11

    Including:

    – What our projects have achieved over the year
    – Governance and structure
    – Our future plans
    – Detailed breakdown of financial commitments

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • 2010/11 Annual Review

    2011

    2010/11 Annual Review

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2010/11 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

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    Annual Reviews

  • 2009/10 Annual report and accounts

    2010

    2009/10 Annual report and accounts

    Y Care International’s annual report and accounts for the financial year 2009/10

    Including:

    – What our projects have achieved over the year
    – Governance and structure
    – Our future plans
    – Detailed breakdown of financial commitments

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • 2009/10 Annual Review

    2010

    2009/10 Annual Review

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2009/10 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

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    Annual Reviews

  • The Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide

    2010

    The Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide

    Y Care International’s Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide and accompanying Toolkit when used together offer a step by step process for participatory disaster preparedness planning. Originally designed for YMCAs in at risk countries the process and tools outlined in the Guide and Toolkit apply to any small to medium sized civil society organisation looking to build their capacity in the area of disaster response through effective planning.

    The guidance and tools are not limited to any particular region, country, or type of disaster. Organisations looking to use these resources would however benefit from prior experience of using participatory research and analysis tools. The Guide and Toolkit are also available electronically in Spanish and French, and in English in hard copy by contacting us.

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    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
  • The Disaster Preparedness Planning Toolkit

    2010

    The Disaster Preparedness Planning Toolkit

    Y Care International’s Disaster Preparedness Planning Guide and accompanying Toolkit when used together offer a step by step process for participatory disaster preparedness planning. Originally designed for YMCAs in at risk countries the process and tools outlined in the Guide and Toolkit apply to any small to medium sized civil society organisation looking to build their capacity in the area of disaster response through effective planning.

    The guidance and tools are not limited to any particular region, country, or type of disaster. Organisations looking to use these resources would however benefit from prior experience of using participatory research and analysis tools. The Guide and Toolkit are also available electronically in Spanish and French, and in English in hard copy by contacting us.

    Read more...

    Research Reports

    Emergencies and Disaster Resilience
  • Insight Magazine – Issue Six

    2010

    Insight Magazine – Issue Six

    In this edition of Insight Magazine, Terry Waite reports on a recent visit to Sri Lanka, where families have been made homeless by conflict. Find out how we’ve given young people and alternative to working on the streets, and how we supported victims of the devastating earthquake in January.

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    Insight Magazine

  • Insight Magazine – Issue Seven

    March 2011

    Insight Magazine – Issue Seven

    In this edition of Insight Magazine find out how your donations helped rebuild lives in Haiti and Pakistan, finding alternatives to street life in Cambodia and Zambia, and how we’re tackling unimaginable hardship and the floods and conflict in Sierra Leone.

     

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    Insight Magazine

  • Insight Magazine – Issue Five

    2009

    Insight Magazine – Issue Five

    In this 25th Anniversary edition of Insight we look back at the incredible achievements of the YMCAs we’ve supported since Y Care International was founded.

    Full of inspiring stories and a moving message from Terry Waite be sure to download an share this collectors edition.

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    Insight Magazine

  • 2008/09 Annual report and accounts

    2009

    2008/09 Annual report and accounts

    Y Care International’s annual report and accounts for the financial year 2008/09.

    Including:

    – What our projects have achieved over the year
    – Governance and structure
    – Our future plans
    – Detailed breakdown of financial commitments

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    Annual Report & Accounts

  • 2008/09 Annual Review

    2009

    2008/09 Annual Review

    We look back at the achievements of Y Care International during 2008/09 and share success stories from YMCAs around the world.

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    Annual Reviews

  • Insight Magazine – Issue Four

    2009

    Insight Magazine – Issue Four

    In this edition of Insight Magazine find out how Bogotá YMCA is repairing family and community relationships after decades of conflict, and our emergency response in the Gaza Strip and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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    Insight Magazine

  • Insight Magazine – Issue Three

    2008

    Insight Magazine – Issue Three

    The third issue of Insight Magazine features a day in the life of a Peruvian refuse worker and how YMCAs across Asia are helping rebuild communities in the aftermath of the Tsunami.

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    Insight Magazine

  • Insight Magazine – Issue Two

    2007

    Insight Magazine – Issue Two

    In the second issue of Insight find out how young people in Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland are listening to each other and learning about peace, reconciliation and community building.

    You’ll also read about how the YMCA of Belfast has teamed up with Y Care International to support the YMCA of Yambio in Southern Sudan and its astonishing work with war orphans. And how young people in YMCAs from all over the world are pressing for a better deal for young people affected by youth justice systems.

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    Insight Magazine

  • Insight Magazine – Issue One

    2006

    Insight Magazine – Issue One

    In this first edition of Y Care International’s Insight magazine we find out how young people are fighting for their rights in Honduras, the launch of the Youth Justice campaign and the radio stars of Liberia broadcasting for peace.

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    Insight Magazine