Resilient Realities Report
Global State of Youth Civil Society Report
Meet the Researchers
“Youth organisations, groups and movements showed an incredible capacity to reorient themselves and respond with agility and flexibility in an uncertain context that requires experimenting, risk-taking and boldness.”
— Jimena, Young Researcher
In Bangladesh young people are using digital technology to stop the spread of the virus, and reach marginalised groups. I feel inspired... powerful... hopeful...
Stories of Resilience
Project Guangyuan, China
Project Guangyuan aims to lessen the digital divide in China by providing students with digital devices to support their education. The need was greater than ever during the covid-19 pandemic because of from-home learning, so the team launched a campaign to call for second hand devices to be distributed.
“If it were not for the pandemic, we might not have been able to launch our project so quickly. Before, I didn’t think that I had so much power and determination to push this project forward, but the pandemic created an opportunity in which electronic devices became a necessity.”
— Chen Kaijun, co-founder
The Voice Inc., Papua New Guinea
The Voice Inc. is an organization focused on building youth personal and collective leadership. When the pandemic hit, the unreliable internet in PNG meant they weren’t able to just move things online.
“We developed our leadership program into house kits, and had it delivered to our members. This means members who signed up for the program can now do the training in their homes. The lessons in the house kits are covered both in the workbook and audio tracks saved in a flash drive that goes out to everyone who signed up to do the program. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our members still had access to the program.”
— Maliwai Sasingian, executive director
This song is a manifestó of hope and resilience amidst our complex South American contexts. It recognises our similar struggles, our love of liberty, raising our voice without fear for life, dignity and freedom. We will continue creating with hope.
This youth-led research took a unique approach in terms of methodology:
“Stepping into conversations with experiences of deep change, confusion, isolation, and mental health challenges requires care. It cannot be extractive: we cannot take information from young people so as to provide them to institutions that could support them. There is something patronizing, disempowering in that. The process needs to be just as useful as the outcome.
The intention was to create a community of support, socialise ideas, make connections. If there is no one world, one reality, how can we come together to research our own realities, expand our perception, inspire action?”
– Gioel Gioacchino, Recrear International
Restless Development supports the journey of a young person to become a leader and solve problems in their communities.
Recrear is a community interested in social transformation from a place of emotional grounding, creativity, co-creation, and care.
This research project is funded with UK aid from the UK government.