Hopes and challenges for young adolescents in Kenya

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

Last week, Halima Ali, The Young Adolescents Project (YAP) Coordinator in Kenya, visited Berlin to take part in a special meeting of DSW’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development in the context of International Day of the Girl Child. While she was here, Halima took the time to talk about progresses achieved via the project and the situation facing …

European Week of Action for Girls – Standing up for girls’ rights!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

As part of the “European Alliance for Girls[1]” DSW organised a number of high-profile events during this week for the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. The fourth edition of the European Week of Action for Girls is organised by Plan EU Office and several civil …

Working with women and youth for a better future in East Africa

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

DSW’s Working Together for Decent Work in East Africa (Fit for Life) project is an excellent example of how an integrated approach can be adopted to address the needs of vulnerable populations. This EU funded three-year programme (2011 to 2014), worked to improve the health and livelihoods of those excluded from the formal labour market, especially women and youth. By …

#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 …

Why you need to be in Berlin next week if you work on Global Health

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

The first six months of 2014 have been busy for the global health community, particularly at the EU level. Throughout the spring, the different players in Brussels and The Hague put the final touches to the next phase of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, better known as the EDCTP. This work culminates next week at the seventh …

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 …

2015 – A Big Year for Development Policy in Europe!

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  In April of 2014, an important decision was taken in Brussels with important implications for the EU’s role in development cooperation. If you are a keen follower of all things European Union, I am sure you know. For those who are not – i.e. almost the whole of the rest of the world – in April this year European …

Putting your money where your mouth is – Europe needs to redouble its global health support

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  This article, written by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr, was originally published at EurActiv yesterday. You can read the original article here.   The issue of vaccinations will take centre stage in Brussels this week. Tomorrow, May 20th, the European Commission will host the GAVI Alliance to discuss its future funding needs as the organisation looks towards expanding its …

World AIDS Vaccine Day – Harnessing R&D for a world without HIV and AIDS

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

Renate Baehr, DSW Executive Director   World AIDS Vaccine Day, which we celebrate this Sunday (May 18th), is an opportunity to recognise the progress that has been made and to reflect on the negative impact that HIV & AIDS has had on the lives of millions of people worldwide. It is also an opportunity to push for greater support for …

World Malaria Day 2014 – The time for accelerating investment is now

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  Marking World Malaria Day today, Caroline Kent, Director of Partnerships and Communications at DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), reflects on what needs to be done to eradicate malaria once and for all.   Today we celebrate World Malaria Day. It is a day to reflect upon the impact the disease continues to have on sufferers, and for looking forward to …

Dispatch from Uganda – Youth clubs and youth work

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 success stories and interesting dispatches from the work being done with youth groups and other partners.   DSW changing lives through supporting Income generating …

“Fit for Life” Success Stories shared at the EU Headquarters and in Berlin

Kennedy Chande Youth Empowerment

  Kennedy, the Coordinator of the Fit for Life (FFL) Action, visited the EU headquarters in Brussels between the 31st and 2nd of April and Berlin on the 3rd of April to present successes and lessons learnt from the FFL project. It was two great occasions presenting the 3 year achievements at the EU Infopoint in Brussels and at the German Bundestag which …

#SheBuilds Futures: Securing her rights, securing her futures

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

  This opinion piece by DSW’s Executive Director Renate Baehr originally appeared online as part of Devex‘s #SheBuilds campaign. You can access it on their site here.   In two decades working with DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung — I have witnessed significant progress made in advancing the cause of young women and girls. The ability of young women and girls to …