With over two decades of experience in humanitarian work, RET’s interventions have expanded beyond education.
Our projects often touch multiple sectors – from humanitarian ones like protection of women, children, and youth to development that includes economic growth and development initiatives and disaster risk management and reduction, to name a few.
Multi-sectoral solutions are critical for addressing the challenges faced by vulnerable young people, women, their families, and the communities where they live.
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Democracy and governance
Strong democracies are foundational for ensuring government accountability, and likewise, good governance is key to creating communities, regions, and countries where human rights are respected.
Disaster risk reduction and management
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) seeks to mitigate disaster risks through systematic efforts to analyze and manage the causal factors of disasters by reducing exposure to hazards, lessening vulnerability of people and property, sustainable management of land and the environment, and improving preparedness and early warning systems.
Economic growth and development
Economic growth is a phenomenon of market productivity and a rising GDP and is an important requirement for the sustainable development of a country.
Livelihoods are the capabilities, assets, knowledge, and activities required for generating income and securing a means of living in safety and with dignity.
Sustainable livelihoods refer to the capacity of people to generate and maintain a means of living that supports their well-being as well as that of future generations.
Education and capacity building
Our core competencies in the education sector is built on interventions ranging from the strengthening of formal and non-formal education to basic literacy and numeracy, tertiary education, psychosocial support, human rights, refugee rights, children’s rights, women’s rights and more. In stable contexts, formal education is usually the central pillar of knowledge.
However, in emergencies, the formal education system is often dysfunctional or completely nonexistent, creating a wide range of approaches to respond to the specific and acute needs of young people. This is what we initially referred to when saying “bridging the gaps,” though as our work scope has expanded, so has this idea.
Gender equality and social inclusion
Gender Equality means women and men, of all ages and regardless of sexual orientation, have equal conditions for realizing their full human rights and for contributing to, and benefiting from, economic, social, cultural and political development and decision making.
Social inclusion is a process by which efforts are made to ensure opportunities and access of services for all.
RET focuses its gender equality and social inclusion program interventions on enabling young people, particularly young girls, women, minority groups, LGBTQI+, focusing primarily on refugees, IDPs, migrants and disadvantaged people of diverse gender identities around the world.
Health and WASH
Clean and accessible drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are key to human health and well-being. People with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene are more resilient, living in healthy environments and dignified communities.
Safe WASH not only affects health outcomes but also facilitates better attendance rates in schools and promotes and enables livelihoods.
Infrastructure and equipment
From irrigation for independent farms and communities to access roads that facilitate easier travel to schools, markets, and health facilities, RET’s infrastructure and basic equipment programs seek to empower communities by bridging the gaps in their physical needs. In turn, this helps them become more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient to future challenges.
Mobility and migration
Women, children, and youth are especially vulnerable as displaced peoples. While conflict has been a key driver for migration, today economic crises, widespread violence, and climate change are also pushing large numbers of people to leave their homes.
RET’s interventions in the mobility and migration sector seek to help refugees, migrants, and other vulnerable communities gain skills that will help them integrate into new communities, as well as focuses on helping host communities adapt to the influx of arrivals, promoting dialogue, support services, and cultural understanding.
Nutrition and food security
Food security is a measure of the availability of food and the ability to access it. It exists when all people – at all times – have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a safe, active, healthy life.
During a humanitarian crisis, when there is a risk or an actual rise in mortality due to acute malnutrition, nutrition and food security interventions seek to improve the nutritional well-being of populations of concern by tackling the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition and ensuring an adequate supply of food to meet nutritional and cultural needs of the affected population during the crisis.
Peace, stability, and transition
RET’s actions using the Humanitarian, Development, Peace (HDP) triple nexus approach are complemented with a Peace dimension. The inclusion of the peace dimension in the nexus acknowledges the vital importance of conflict sensitivity and the role young people can play in consolidating peace, ensuring communities co-exist and diversity is respected.
Protection aims to ensure the full and equal respect for the rights of all individuals without discrimination and in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the relevant bodies of law.
Protection requires working with all relevant stakeholders – from vulnerable populations and communities to the authorities – to safeguard rights by seeking to prevent and end patterns of violence and abuse; address the trauma and related effects of violence or abuse; identify and promote sustainable and inclusive solutions; and foster respect in accordance with the law.
Empowerment is as a way people gain control over their lives through active participation, with an emphasis on strengths instead of weaknesses, an acknowledgment of cultural diversity, and the use of language that reflects the empowerment ideals.
By encouraging people to be active participants, we seek to enable them to become catalysts of change in their communities.
In our youth empowerment programs, we help children and young people to understand they can take charge of their lives and contribute, at their level, to the development of the community.
Quality education can’t happen if children are hungry or unable to attend school because they’re ill. Likewise, economic growth and development are near-impossible if individuals and communities are poorly governed, lack basic infrastructure and equipment, or live under the threat of violence.
These represent just a handful of the interlinked situations in which RET works on a daily basis. Our multi-sectoral approach provides a comprehensive plan for addressing these multi-dimensional needs. By implementing projects that include facets of more than one area of intervention, we’re able to achieve more significant and long-lasting results.