Charities

New report shows long-term benefits of Raleigh in-country volunteer study

Following extensive research and first-hand interviews across Namibia and China, NEF Consulting and Raleigh International have released the findings of a study into the benefits of volunteering for participants in a long-running programme. The study found significant improvements to the personal development of volunteers who took part in Raleigh’s Expedition programme, which has been running for… Read more »


Raleigh International: From Local Lives to Lasting Legacies

Raleigh International’s long-term effect on in-country volunteers Raleigh International’s (‘Raleigh’) mission is to create lasting change through youth. The organisational vision is of a world where the global community works together to build a sustainable future. Raleigh’s Expedition programme, which has been running for 30 years, is one of two major volunteering programmes designed to create lasting positive change… Read more »


Evaluating local partnerships in Uganda

NEF Consulting’s clients operate in a range of sectors and regions, and so do we. Emily Atkinson was recently in Uganda to conduct an evaluation for a development programme with local farming communities. Emily Atkinson, Consultant Recently I was lucky enough to travel to the Rwenzori region of West Uganda as part of NEF Consulting’s… Read more »


SROI analysis for Ecology Action Centre, Canada

Working at the individual, community and systemic level, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project tackles food and income insecurity. It does this by building ‘positive food environments’ for both farmers and low-income communities. Their aim is to create a more equitable and sustainable food system by supporting local producers, educating eaters and advocating for… Read more »


When you give women a spade: driving sustainability

CARE: Ghana - women will drive sustainability

AUTHOR: Alison Freeman, Senior Consultant, NEF Consulting. How we feed an extra two billion people on our little planet by 2050 is one of the seismic challenges of this century. The problem isn’t just about the growing number of mouths. It is about the potential loss of 20% of our arable farm land due in… Read more »


Prince’s Trust: 40 life-changing years

Over the last 40 years the Prince’s Trust has helped change the lives of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people across the UK. Today, three in four young people on their progammes move into work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust commissioned NEF Consulting to evaluate the impact of their programmes over the last… Read more »


Notes from China – the long-term impacts of in-country volunteering

AUTHOR: Anke Winchenbach, Consultant, NEF Consulting Anke recently visited three cities in China as part of NEF Consulting’s work on a pilot project for Raleigh International to examine the longer term social and economic impact of in-county youth volunteering. Assessing the socio-economic impacts of projects and interventions for public, corporate or charitable organisations is a… Read more »


Shelter: Evaluation of Hackney Family Service

Shelter’s Hackney Family Service (HFS) supports families who are at risk of homelessness while dealing with other issues. Shelter offers free, expert housing advice on a range of housing topics, including community advice surgeries, which provide tailored advice on housing and welfare benefits for families. Shelter Hackney also work with specialist services to tackle recurring causes of… Read more »


An ecosystem services approach to valuing river restoration

While the South West of England has some of the UK’s most iconic and beautiful rivers, many are experiencing pressures, both current and historic, that limit their ability to function naturally and which cause them to become ecologically degraded. In 2012, responding to these problems, the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) secured Catchment Restoration Fund (CRF)… Read more »