#BeTheChange2015 competition – our weekly winner!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

We have been delighted so far by the level and quality of responses to our #BeTheChange2015 instagram and online competition! Since the launch in August, we have received over 300 excellent photos from all over the world – showcasing positive change in areas such as education, child and maternal health, and environmental protection. We are really thrilled by what we …

Y2Y: East African youth need education, employment and health!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

East Africa’s population is young. 64 per cent of the population – an estimated 251 million people are below age 25. Life is not always easy for them. We asked Kennedy Mambo Chande, Y2Y (Youth to Youth) Coordinator at DSW, to tell us about the challenges and opportunities of the East African youth generation.

WPD 2015: taking stock of the MDGs (pt. 2): Gender Equality

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Improving the position of girls and women around the world was an important touchstone for the Millennium Development Goals. But, was it at the core of the MDGs agenda? Have the last 15 years shown a marked improvement for girls and young women across a range of issues – access to education and the workforce, accountability, and political representation? And, …

Two hearts in one chest – a plea to broaden Education for Sustainable Development

Lisa Goerlitz Youth Empowerment

In the light of Valentine ’s Day, and for the sake of an intriguing title, this first blog post I am writing as advocacy officer at DSW will be about the ’two hearts’ in my (work life-) chest, aka political education and political communication. For the past six years, I have been equally passionate about both, working as a freelance …

DSW’s Y2Y initiative – The plan for 2015

Kennedy Chande Youth Empowerment

My name is Kennedy Mambo Chande, International Project Coordinator (IPC) with DSW, supporting Programme management and in charge of the overall coordination of the Youth to Youth (Y2Y) initiative. I work with DSW Kenya and I am very passionate about the work that we do in youth and community development.

#WPD2014 – Fit for Life: Rhoda Adhiambo’s Path to Success

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Periodically, we like to showcase the stories of the young men and women we have worked with through our projects in East Africa. As part of the celebrations around World Population Day this month, we are taking the opportunity to show the value of investing in girls. This is Rhoda’s story. Rhoda Adhiambo was born and raised in Mathare slums …

#WPD2014 – A startling picture for women and girls

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

This opinion piece by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr originally appeared online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Nabajju is a young woman living in rural Uganda. While still in school Nabajju, like many girls of her age living in low- and middle-income countries, became pregnant unexpectedly. Unlike many girls in her situation, however, she was lucky …

Working together for decent work – Celebrating the achievements of Fit for Life!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Today in Nairobi, over 90 people – from DSW, the Kenyan government, the many partner organisations  and project beneficiaries, the EU delegation, the German embassy and our partners in the Fit for Life project from Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania – came together to draw the project to a close. Fit for Life, or “Working Together for Decent Work” started in 2011 …

Dispatch from Uganda – Taking peer-to-peer education into the classroom

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  The work done by our country offices in East Africa is fundamental to the success of DSW. Without it we would not be the organization we are today. Through this blog we will periodically bring you the stories of young men and women who are working every day to support their peers in taking control of their health and …

Celebrating International Nurses Week in Tanzania

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

In Tanzania, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare joined the world to commemorate the International Nurses week (May 9th-12th, 2014) to honour the dedicated services provided by the nursing community. At national level the celebration was conducted in the Arusha region and the climax day was graced by His Excellency President Jakaya Kikwete at Amri Abeid Stadium Arusha. During the …

DSW’s Fit4Life project – presenting the achievements at the European Commission

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Our Brussels office was proud to host this week a colleague from our country office in Nairobi to brief Members of the European Parliament and officials at the European Commission on the achievements to date of DSW’s Fit4Life project.   While in Brussels, Kennedy Chande, International Programme Coordinator at DSW’s Kenya office, gave a presentation at the European Commission’s …

WHO Every Newborn Action Plan – DSW’s contribution

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Last week we posted a blog entry encouraging submissions to the WHO’s new Every Newborn Action Plan. The public consultation closed on Friday, and the WHO will now assess all the submissions it received before finalising its approach for the Every Newborn strategy for the World Health Assembly in May.   The Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) is the …