Theory of Change

School students in Kalimpong

 Our Theory of Change

We have a volunteer-focused theory of change. That is, our theory of change is designed to be read and understood by our volunteers, to guide and inform what they do, and to make sure we all know how we fit into the bigger picture of our movement.

It goes a little something like this:

Stage One: Activation

For us to have any impact as a youth movement, we first have to build our movement. So, we begin by connecting with young New Zealanders’ heads, hearts, and hands.





We provide spaces for young New Zealanders to critically engage with extreme poverty and sustainable development. 


We present compelling, personal narratives, showing young New Zealanders both the impacts of and the solutions to extreme poverty. 


We give young New Zealanders a chance to learn by doing, giving them the tools and skills to take action.

That is, we connect young New Zealanders intellectually, emotionally, and practically with the realities of extreme poverty - and with the solutions that are together bringing it to an end. 

Stage Two: Action

Once we’ve drawn young New Zealanders into our movement, we give them opportunities to take action that directly helps to end extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific through sustainable development. We do this in three ways:





We raise funds to support our partners’ sustainable development work on the ground in Asia and the Pacific, focusing especially on gender equality, child protection, food security, and education.


We campaign for systemic change from government, businesses and other non-state decision-makers - from promoting fair trade, to unlocking overseas development aid, to demanding a real sustainable development action plan for New Zealand.


We give young New Zealanders the chance to push the development sectors’ boundaries. We know that we can’t expect to bring real change by keeping on doing the same things.

But it’s going to take more than that. We know that we can’t do this alone - so we work together with partner organisations from across New Zealand’s development sector, to draw on their experience to make sure we’re on the right track, lever off their existing connections to maximise our impact, and foster cooperation not competition.

Stage Three: Actually ending poverty

This is the hard part. By building our movement of young New Zealanders, then together fundraising, campaigning, and innovating, we are helping to end extreme poverty.

As a youth movement from a tiny country on the bottom of the world, we know we can’t bring all 1.2 billion people out of extreme poverty on our own. But we can change lives and transform communities - and we already have in Kalimpong, Nusa Tenggara Timor, Shan State, Tonga, and Fiji. 


Connect with us:

Email us: [email protected]
Phone our CEO, Nicholl: +64 21 260 9445
Mail things to us: PO Box 105-714, Auckland Central, Auckland 1143

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