We’ve been lucky enough to fund 12 projects in the Asia-Pacific since 2012.
Right now, we fund education projects that empower young people to rise out of poverty in Cambodia and Timor-Leste. And we partner with like-minded youth organisations across our region, to grow capacity and build strength in our movement for a more just world.
We don’t work in-country. We know that our partners are the experts in creating change in their own communities and countries, not us.
Young people can be valuable leaders and decision makers, as long as they are empowered and given opportunities to participate. We believe that this is particularly true for the development sector, where organisations can benefit from the unique perspectives and insights of young people.
Oaktree’s International Engagement team have developed a practice note that explores the value of youth participation in development. It identifies specific contributions that young people can make in different development processes, provides advice in key thematic areas where increasing youth participation is particularly important, and provides initial guidance for organisations wanting to develop a youth strategy.
Case Study: Youth-led evaluation
We’re serious about embodying the phrase “Nothing about us without us”. So, we provide young people affected by the projects we fund with the opportunity to lead the evaluation of that very project.
In late 2017, Oaktree ran its first youth-led evaluation of a funded program. We trained up high school students who had benefited from the program on what evaluation techniques are, how to plan evaluations and how to conduct them. We supported them while they evaluated the project, and then presented their findings, at their school. Providing young people with the opportunity to lead and take charge was extremely valuable for the evaluation itself, the program and the young people involved. We documented our experience and learnings in this Case Study.