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Development of a Proposal for the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany) to Deliver Climate Rights and Resilience to Children and Youth across South Asia 

CLIENT: terre de hommes (tdh)

DURATION: June - August 2021

LOCATION: Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan



The climate crisis is the defining human right’s challenge of our generation and is already having a devastating impact on the well-being of youth, who do not experience the impacts of climate change and associate ecological degradation in the same ways as adults. South Asia is home to one of the largest global populations of young people. They are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly food and water insecurity and unclean living environments, while at the same time being future decision-makers and key stakeholders when it comes to climate action. Yet, youth in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan face several obstacles to engage in climate action including a lack of access, knowledge, capacities, and resources. Furthermore, they face delegitimisation and exclusion from policy and decision-making processes. What is needed is for youth to be recognised and listened to as agents of change at local, national, and regional levels, so that they can provide solutions to secure their own rights and collectively drive sustainable development for themselves, their communities, and societies across South Asia.


  • Conducted discussions with eleven local child’s-rights NGOs across South Asia and designed needs-based assessment surveys for local NGOs in each country to conduct within their selected partner communities.


  • Conceptualized strategies to address the common needs for youth-led nature-based solutions to deliver water and food security and sustainable waste management, and their strengthened, meaningful participation in local, national, and regional climate policy and decision-making.  


  • Developed a funding proposal including log frame; activity-based timelines and budgets; impact monitoring, evaluation, and reporting plans; and mapping of sustainability strategies beyond the project scope.


This multi-country, multi-year proposal was submitted to BMU (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany) and tdh was awarded the project in 2022.

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