Impact Report 2019

One Young World is proud to share the fifth Impact Report produced for the Ambassador Community, based on the Social Return on Investment methodology inspired by Social Value UK and devised in discussion with PwC.

Fifty Ambassador-led initiatives were chosen for evaluation to represent the diversity of the One Young World Ambassador Community. They were selected to represent all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and eight geographic regions – Europe, Asia, MENA, Africa, North America, Caribbean, Latin America and Oceania.

The average Social Return on Investment ratio for the One Young World community is 1:15, meaning that an investment of $1 delivers $15 value in terms of positive social impact.

In addition to the Report and in celebration of the organisation's 10th Anniversary, One Young World produced a short film highlighting a decade of outstanding impact by the Ambassador Community.


people directly impacted by projects measured in 2019


people directly impacted by Ambassador projects since 2010

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In 2019 for every US $1 invested, One Young World Ambassadors deliver US $15 of social value.

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Ideas Positive - Philippines

Mikee De La Pena
Ambassador-led Initiative



Mikee works for Unilab Foundation, a Filipino NGO which was founded in 2010. He manages various youth initiatives, two of which are Ideas Positive and Heads Up PH. 

After attending the One Young World in The Hague he helped to establish the Positive Youth Development Network and now serves as its Director of Communications and Partnerships. The organisation has embedded youth engagement as a core focus for development in the Philippines. This project sought to develop and harness the expertise of young leaders in the Philippines nationwide.

Ideas Positive runs an annual bootcamp to co-develop and accelerate innovative ideas from all 17 regions in the Philippines. Selection criteria varies from year to year, from LGBT rights to environment. The chosen teams in 2019 are addressing healthcare challenges in their local communities, and receiving two months of training before returning home for a six months implementation period in their respective communities. 
Since inception, the project has supported 108 youth-led projects across 228 communities, and in turn developed the capacity of 438 young Filipino leaders. Ideas Positive as a programme has engaged over 75,000 young leaders in volunteering efforts across a variety of projects which have impacted over 2.4 million people.

Mikee is also the leading figure behind #YouthCan forum, a three-day event for young leaders. Approximately 2,500 young leaders attended in 2019, a significant growth since 150 attending the inaugural event four years prior. 

The forum was run by a group of 20 ‘Ideas Positive’ alumni, and included 14 short courses to develop the theoretical and practical skills of attendees. One such class was run by Emmanuele Marie Parra in her capacity as One Young World’s Coordinating Ambassador for the region, to teach them how to create global impact with local solutions.

Two Degrees Footwear & Apparel

Two Degree produce shoes with minimised environmental consequences to raise funds to conserve rainforests in Latin America.

Two Degrees Footwear & Apparel - United Kingdom

Luke Gibson
Ambassador-led Initiative



Along with his Co-Founder, Luke set about producing a shoe with optimised sustainability and that simultaneously supported conservation efforts. In turn, this off-set any unavoidable environmental costs of its manufacturing and distribution. 

Together, in 2017, they founded Two Degree Footwear and Apparel producing shoes called “Twos”, operating the enterprise part-time alongside their day jobs.

Shoe production raises a variety of nuanced sustainability questions. Leather has ethical issues and environmental implications from the tanning process and livestock emissions, while vegan alternatives are often petro-chemical based, less durable and do not biodegrade in landfill. 

After visiting a vast array of suppliers, they settled on the use of bio-leather, a waste product of the cattle industry tanned using an innovative bio-process free from heavy metals. The shoe boxes are biodegradable, and made from a single sheet of recycled cardboard. The rubber outsoles are made from recycled materials such as used car tyres and old outsoles. 

Despite minimising their emissions as much as possible, it is impossible to eliminate completely, and therefore through the “Feet for Feet” initiative, each pair of shoes sold protects 1,000 square feet of endangered rainforest. This project is run in partnership with World Land Trust.

In a kickstarter campaign, the company raised over $100,000 in pre-orders. Including sales since, they have protected over 1,200,000 square feet (11.15 hectares) of endangered rainforest in Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina. The ambition is to have protected 25 million square feet by 2020. 

ThinkHER Ambition

ThinkHER Ambition is a training and skills development consultancy that specialises in upskilling young, British females.

ThinkHER Ambition - United Kingdom

Lola Olaore
Ambassador-led Initiative



Lola’s passion for female empowerment led her to leave her job to found her own organisation, ThinkHER Ambition. The Gender Gap remains a substantial issue in British society and stands at 17.9% (1). Lola aims to educate and inspire young women as a means of tackling this deep-rooted inequality.

Since its foundation in 2018, ThinkHER ambition has impacted the lives of over 700 young females from around the United Kingdom, through its services which includes programmes, workshops and events. In 2018, it became an official Google Academy Partner and has held three annual summits at the Academy Space, bringing together over 300 young females for interactive skills development, networking and inspiration. 

In 2019, ThinkHER launched a mentor programme in collaboration with Unilever for six female students who were being supported by their school’s pastoral team and at high risk of underachieving. This project offers them guidance, education and development to exponentially improve their employability, and life prospects holistically, with the opportunity to network with hard-working, successful women that work at Unilever.

ThinkHER has tapped into the expertise and resources of prestigious partners and participated in a Cass Business School Strategy programme to make the organisation as effective and professional as possible.
Lola credits the speeches of fellow Ambassadors such as Hyppolite Ntigurirwa and Ilwad Elman as providing her with a necessary sense of perspective to pursue her ambition, supported by regular contact with other members of the community. ThinkHER continues to develop strategies, launch new projects and aim to expand beyond London to have global reach.



Greenpact - Kenya

Leroy Mwasaru
Ambassador-led Initiative



Leroy’s work in the area of waste disposal and clean energy production began with a high school science project, with a selection of his peers. Leroy co-founded Greenpact formally in 2014, a year before his graduation. It is an energy solution for farmers and schools in rural Kenya, a country where 25% of people still lack electricity access (1).

Greenpact’s installations repurpose agricultural waste from households, small rural farms and schools into a clean energy alternative. This allows rural families and small organisations to access cheap and safe, renewable energy. 

Before installing in a school or farm, the Greenpact team analyse the best-suited energy solution and dimensions. The client then purchases the concrete installation, which Greenpact trains them to use. The organisation also offers to train the client to maintain the solution, or Greenpact will offer that service itself. 

At a small-scale, the solution will power five complete days of clean energy for a household from the waste of three cows over a period of two weeks. The scale increases exponentially as the quantity of waste increases.
Customers are protected from the negative health consequences from unclean cooking, saved money from energy expenditure, and they protect the environment from damaging carbon emissions. 

Familes, and in particular women as per the household culture in Kenya, are saved time searching for firewood. Since foundation around 10,000 rural Kenyans have benefited from these impacts. That includes the teachers and students at 50 schools, and 70 installations in total.



Jaan Pakistan - Pakistan

Khizr Tajammul
Ambassador-led Initiative



Roughly 40% of the population in Pakistan live off-grid and rely on burning firewood and other biomass to provide energy in their homes. This dependence on polluting combustion materials is expensive, environmentally harmful and a big health concern. Khizr founded Jaan Pak, a clean energy social enterprise in 2014, having won the Rwanga Social Start Up competition at the One Young World Summit in Dublin.

The organisation used this seed funding to design a solution to unsustainable, open-fire cooking in Pakistan which has dangerous repercussions on people’s environment and health. In 2015, Jaan Pak imported solar thermal stoves from China – however, pilot testing showed that these were unsuitable for Pakistani culinary methods and people were unwilling to use them. Next, the team imported biomass stoves, which were expensive and received similar feedback. 

In 2017, Jaan Pak identified that they needed an indigenous solution. The organisation has designed three products (including a heater and two stoves) to provide clean, fuel efficient energy to households in Pakistan. After a long period of R&D, the product is now on the market and already in 2,000 households. The organisation has used education to create social impact, directly reaching 14,000 individuals with education on the damage of open wood cooking.

Having been recognised by the government as leading innovators, the team have provided their research and technology to the public sector that is now developing a policy to ban open fires and run a nationwide campaign on the economic, health and environmental benefits of clean cooking. Jaan Pak is an expert consultant to the government on a change that has the potential to impact 100 million people across the country.


Juan has supported a cooperative of Indigenous farmers in Belize with land conservation and sustainable agriculture practices.

PODER - Belize

Juan Bol
Ambassador-led Initiative



Juan founded PODER (Program of Opportunities, Development & Ethical Entrepreneurship) with support form The Resolution Project. It is a development organisation supporting disadvantaged indigenous communities in rural regions. It began in Costa Rica but is primarily focused in Belize at the moment. 

Since studying Agriculture Science with a focus in Soil Microbiology at Delaware State University, Juan has started a new project remotely, to promote sustainable agriculture in his local community with the aim of improving livelihood.

Juan built a relationship with a cooperative of farmers in his hometown in late 2018. Through the collaboration, he developed the concept for agriculture, cultural and natural resource protection. Juan gained the support and partnership of a local NGO called Ya’axché Conservation Trust who offered their capacity to manage the project. This was the first project the cooperative had managed to get off the ground since their establishment 25 years ago. It launched in August 2019 having secured funding earlier that year from GEF/SGP Belize.

The cooperative developed a scheme of training on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity protection for 2,500 acres (1,102 hectares) which had previously been used unsustainably with a slash and burn method. The 30 farmers in the cooperative are participating in the project, which also trains their families in GPS mapping, conservation, farm management and organic methods. This aims to improve biodiversity and protect the area’s eco-systems, and provide stable and sustainable agriculture for a community totalling 900 people. The next stage the group hopes to implement is an agritourism initiative for the Community and its surrounding.

Juan has tapped into the One Young World Community in the Caribbean and Central America, speaking at events in Costa Rica and Trinidad and planning future initiatives with fellow Ambassadors.

Wish for WASH

W4W is a collective tackling sanitation in USA and East Africa by convening diverse minds to develop innovative toilet systems

Wish for WASH - United States

Jasmine Burton
Ambassador-led Initiative



Jasmine is a social entrepreneur who founded Wish for WASH (W4W), a social impact collective intended to bring innovation to sanitation in 2014. According to the World Health Organization, over 4 billion people in the world today lack safely managed sanitation (1). W4W’s mission is to bring more diverse minds, talent, and innovation to the problems of global health and WASH in our world through research, design and education because #everybodypoops.

She led W4W in conducting iterative toilet innovation pilots and research in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and in an Atlanta-based resettled refugee community all with a human-centered design and social inclusion lens. Its first sanitation relief product is the SafiChoo toilet, an innovative toilet system that operates as a ‘toolbox of options’ allowing users to upgrade their sanitation system based on their current financial and community waste management options. The current version of the SafiChoo toilet includes a sit-squat toilet seat, a riser, a snap fit floor, and a series of inserts that change the functionality of the waste management features of the toilet. This was designed with feedback collected from W4W’s pilot programmes. 

Through the pilot programmes, approximately 100 people in Georgia, 50 people in Kenya and 20 people in Zambia have benefited from innovative toilet options designed to meet their community’s needs. Other key outcomes include meaningfully engaging over 100 young people to lead vital and socially impactful work. They have also reached more than 1,000 people directly through educational reports and workshops and over 14,000 via digital educational content.

Jasmine has also been the formative member of several other global social enterprises. She has served as a communications/marketing and technical advisor of the gender equity startup Equilo. She also manages the world’s first Toilet Accelerator Program and leads social inclusion initiatives within the Toilet Board Coalition. Lastly, she is a health communications specialist in the Division of Global Health Protection at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a division that is largely supporting the Coronavirus response.


CLEAR RIVERS - Netherlands

Iris Overeem
Ambassador-led Initiative



Iris joined CLEAR RIVERS (formerly called Recycled Island Foundation) in 2019, a non-profit founded five years ago, to tackle plastic pollution in oceans at the source. Plastic disposed of in rivers forms 80% of all that which is found in the ocean (1).

The foundation implements “litter traps” which are passive floating devices that use no energy other than the tide, wind and current to collect plastic from rivers. It has an international scope, but the initial implementation was a 140m2 floating park in Rotterdam which provides a habitat for biodiversity. 

This trap, along with another in Brussels, and regularly organised clean ups, has collected over 30,000kg of plastic (a conservative estimate) of which approximately 50% can be recycled. 

All traps are installed along an education and awareness programme including workshops in schools, companies and universities. In 2019, CLEAR RIVERS reached an estimated 300 students through this initiative.

The organisation is also branching out to South-East Asia, Africa and Central America to target the world’s most polluted rivers together with the Audi Environmental Foundation, improving local recycling with more newly developed recycled products from the retrieved plastics such as furniture, Litter Traps and building materials.

Iris is personally responsible for establishing international partnerships, PR and online media efforts, and works with her team on education and awareness programmes. 

As part of the Shell Scholarship for the London Summit, Iris is delighted to access a great network of potential partners and fellow Ambassadors working in her field around the world.



Involúcrate - Guatemala

Emerson Salguero
Ambassador-led Initiative



Emerson identified the issue of youth disenfranchisement with the political system. To tackle this, he founded Involúcrate, a youth-led organisation to foster citizen participation amongst their peers.

The organisation fosters youth participation in politics through three main avenues. The first are education workshops run in schools and universities. They host them in different towns around Guatemala about citizen participation, the importance of voting, the electoral process and a simulation of voting activity. They have reached 700 young people from over five towns. 

Additionally, they ran forums during the election campaign called #TuVotoCuenta to provide direct contact between prospective candidates and young voters, educating and informing them about the political system and situation. These events attracted 900 participants all together, as well as 2,900 virtual attendees who joined via social media live streams.

The most recent project the organisation has launched is an internship in the Guatemalan congress. The first iteration was launched in January 2020, and 13 interns have been selected for the placement. This was made possible, in part, by Emerson being awarded with the Resolution Project’s prize and funding at the One Young World Summit in London.

Green Venture Tanzania - Tanzania

Edgar Edmund
Ambassador-led Initiative



Edgar identified a solution for the damage caused to houses by flooding in Dar es Salaam. By creating durable housing materials from recycled plastic, the material responsible for pollution which exacerbates floods, he could deal with the cause and the consequence of the issue.

Aged 15, Edgar founded Green Venture Tanzania in 2015, to offer plastic shredding and extrusion services. They shred different types of plastics at a large scale, which are then melted into a form to be upcycled. 

The organisation creates construction materials including paving blocks, lumber, roofing tiles and interlocking bricks from the recycled material as alternatives to wood, sand and cement which are more susceptible to rain and flooding. Through this operation, Green Venture Tanzania has recycled over 40 tonnes of plastic waste.

The plastic is collected by approximately 110 free-lance plastic collectors who Green Venture train to remove plastic pollution from the environment, categorise it, and then sell back to Green Venture or an alternative recycling organisation. 

To tackle the source of pollution, Green Venture Tanzania has also educated 5000 students in 6 hour sessions on waste management. The young Tanzanians are challenged to innovate and create their own recycling solutions.

The next step for Green Venture Tanzania is to build a relationship with the government with the aim of scaling up the organisation’s vital work as effectively as possible throughout the country.

Espaces Verts du of Sahel

Espaces Verts du of Sahel tackles the climate crisis by promoting sustainable development awareness in schools.

Espaces Verts du of Sahel - Chad

David Naibei
Ambassador-led Initiative



David joined the NGO “Espaces Verts du of Sahel” in 2013 as the head of the educational programmes. Its main purpose is to tackle the climate crisis through early intervention, by promoting sustainable development awareness in schools. David came through this education himself, and with the awareness he gained, he was eager to give back.

Through the organisation, David runs education programmes in 54 schools in Chad, running lessons twice per week over a six month period. Once the course is completed, the five highest achieving children have the opportunity to pass on their learnings to others in their school and community as peer-to-peer educators, checked on once a week by David’s team. 

The lessons themselves vary from PowerPoint assisted lectures and theoretical training, to practical education interacting with nature and their environment such as planting trees. This is a highly successful programme, but limited to children in the schools. 

As such, David launched an ecological residency in 2015, which is a one-month long summer camp whereby children from outside the school system can access the education. Approximately 3,000 children have received this education, aged from 6-15, and have gone on to spread the environmentalist message throughout their communities.
David is engaged with the One Young World community in Central Africa, and is working towards establishing a group of SDG Ambassadors to collaborate with other young leaders in the region in pursuit of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Timbuktu Youth Empowerment Programme - Mali

Bilaly Dicko
Ambassador-led Initiative



Youth unemployment is a staggering 24.4% in Mali, and is particularly high in areas of conflict (1). Bilaly is involved in various ways to support young people in the conflict zones. Bilaly has led two separate organisations.

The first is “Les Leaders de Demain”, a non-profit he founded in 2015. The programme it offers teaches fundamental leadership skills which are necessary for finding a job, but also believes in holistic, personal development, and has successfully helped to develop 200 young Malians. Of the participants, 50 have secured internships, 85 have got a secured job and 35 have created their own employment opportunity through entrepreneurialism. 

Bilaly is also the Executive Director at Timbuktu Youth Empowerment Programme (TYEP). They run a 10-day training in Timbuktu for young Malians on the subject of disruptive innovation, followed up by a one-month long mentorship where they pair the participants with leaders in the private sector. There have been 25 people come through the programme, and continually receive support and advice from the team at TYEP. To date, 5 have started their own for-profit enterprises in the city since participating and 5 have been taken on for internships. 

During the programme, the organisation uses local goods and service providers, contributing approximately $20,000 to the local economy over the 10 day period. The social impact grows day by day as indirect benefits exponentially increase. One of the enterprises born from TYE has already employed 500 local inhabitants.  
Bilaly works on TYEP alongside fellow One Young World Ambassador El Hadj Djitteye. Since the Summit, Bilaly is looking to align their work closer with climate change and the 2030 agenda, as these are present and significant issues in the Sahel.



Let's Step Together - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Alen Gudalo
Ambassador-led Initiative



Bosnia has struggled to repair the societal rifts wrenched open by the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s. As a result, the country is host to many schools which are home to homogeneous ethnic-groupings of students and teachers alike. Such segregation breeds prejudice from ignorance.

Projects such as “Let’s Step Together” are essential in the nation’s long-term peacebuilding process. Alen serves as Project Coordinator and leads various inter-religious projects for Youth Centre St John Paul II. These initiatives all seek to provide a Bosnian solution for a peaceful society, aiming to erase prejudice by integrating the younger generation across ethno-religious lines. 

Annually, the projects reach around 70 students generally aged between 15 and 18. For the first step, the project enters schools, introducing the students to the concept of prejudice through games. The next step is to explore the notion of shared heritage. The final stage of the project is to take three study troupes to a different part of the country, where they engage with a community where they are not the ethnic majority, and meet with local, religious leaders. 

Alen also hosts an inter-religious summer camp, where 55 students from schools and universities socially integrate across ethno-religious divides. The project is also beneficial for the 20 youth educators, who in return for their time are provided with training on how to communicate, run workshops, and receive real-life teaching work experience.

Alen attended the One Young World 2014 Summit in Dublin, and credits his recent inclusion as “Ambassador of the Month” for One Young World as providing international recognition to help him forge partnerships and be viewed with legitimacy in Bosnia.


CarbonEthics restores Indonesia's coastlines and marine eco-systems to mitigate the negative impact of carbon emissions.

CarbonEthics - Indonesia

Agung Bimo Listyanu, Jessica Novia, Innandya Irawan
Ambassador-led Initiative



Bimo from Johnson & Johnson, along with two fellow Ambassadors, Jessica from Unilever and Innandya from BP, were inspired to tackle the climate crisis. Hence, they founded CarbonEthics in May 2019.

They designed a Carbon Calculator for individuals and institutions to calculate their carbon footprint easily. This accompanies their Blue Carbon Programme to mitigate the negative impact of carbon emissions.

The organisation plants mangrove trees to provide more carbon storage than terrestrial trees, coastal defence against degradation, a habitat for biodiversity, water filtration and replenishes fisheries for local communities. It plants seaweed to serve as a “carbon sink” for storage, an environmentally friendly alternative to soil fertiliser and to reduce the impact of ocean acidification. Seagrass is also planted for many of the same benefits of the other options, as well as being the “lungs of the sea” as 1m2 of seagrass generates 10 litres of oxygen per day. Finally, it invests in coral to counter the implications of coral bleaching. Shoreline reefs offer coastal protection which has an economic net benefit for Indonesia estimated at $314 million per year, as well as boosting diversity and absorbing carbon dioxide.

This initiative has offset approximately 424 tonnes of carbon with 6,230 trees planted, 1,325 seeds of seagrass, 610 seeds of seaweed and 247 polyps of coral. The organisation also has an educational arm operating through workshops and social media campaigns, including CarbonTrip that promotes responsible eco-tourism. Additionally, by working with local communities for the implementation of the Blue Carbon Programme, CarbonEthics promotes sustainable agriculture among the 17 farmers who plant the mitigation solutions.

CarbonEthics has provided its service to 20 international and local organisations, including One Young World partners who sent delegations to the One Young World Summit in London, helping to improve the sustainability of One Young World’s flagship event.

InnovaLab - Guinea-Bissau

Adulai Bary
Ambassador-led Initiative



Adulai co-founded InnovaLab in 2015, to develop an eco-system of entrepreneurship in Guinea-Bissau. The national attitude amongst young Bissau-Guineans is that politics is the primary means of a stable and healthy income. However, Adulai and his co-founders identified the need for entrepreneurialism to tackle poverty, create jobs and boost economic development in a country where around 70% live below the poverty line (1).

Through in person and online, web and radio, mentoring activities, as well as OpenLabs, Forums, TechCamps, Hackathon and Bootcamps, Innovalabs inspires and empowers entrepreneurs to solve their immediate socio-economic challenges by offering access to technology, resources and stakeholder networks. 

Around 5,000 people have been educated through these various courses. Additionally, approximately 20 new enterprises have been incubated, as the course catalyses innovation. One example is Votu, a civic tech platform which involves the population in politics and democracy by encouraging campaigning and increasing transparent publishing of results. Another is WeAgri, which is training over 2,000 young women in digital skills across 15 ECOWAS countries. 

In addition to the 5,000 trained entrepreneurs, Innovalabs have run week-long, educational festivals for three years running, one on Science which around 2,000 people attend annually, the other on Entrepreneurship which 4,050 attend.

The Adulai’s next innovative project is UMBUNTU, a pay-as-you-go renewable energy initiative born out of the 2018 One Young World Summit in the Hague.