Reach Alliance 2023

In 2023 we supported two teams who travelled to India and Guatemala. Below you can read more about the student-led projects, read their final research outputs, learn about the Symposium and meet our partner organisations.

Student-led research projects

Team India

Team India investigated how a local non-profit can scale its work addressing depressive and anxiety disorders without compromising service quality. You can read the team’s completed research below:

Atmiyata: Addressing Mental Distress in India
Student-led research projects

Team Guatemala

Team Guatemala researched how empowering local education leaders can increase the relevance and quality of education outcomes in rural and Indigenous communities. You can find out more about the research process of Team Guatemala here, and read the team’s completed research below:

Fellows for Change Empowering Education Leaders in Rural Guatemalan Communities

2023 Symposium in Mexico

In November, nine of our students, accompanied by Prof. Adrian Little, Steve Fisher and Carolina Bermudez, travelled to present in the Reach Alliance annual symposium, held in Monterrey Mexico.

Reach’s researchers and mentors from all eight partner institutions joined prominent thinkers and practitioners from various sectors to share their knowledge and actionable insights. To explore inequality, both its social and economic aspects, we spent three days advancing our collective understanding of this vital issue from an international perspective. Over 100 participants were there — passionate community leaders in sustainable development who aimed to inspire action toward accelerating the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Partner 1

India – Atmiyata

In Gujarat, India, NGO Atmiyata is a community-led, evidence-based intervention to reduce the mental health and social care gap in rural communities. It has successfully scaled a community-led approach to addressing youth mental health, and is listed as one of the World Health Organization’s 25 good practices for community outreach mental health services. The program relies upon an expansive network of trained volunteers to facilitate psychosocial support and reduce mental health stigma amongst rural populations.

Atmiyata aims to assist people with common mental health conditions lead productive and healthy lives, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and mental ill-health. It strives to create a shift in the mental health systems in low-middle-income contexts through its community-led approach.

Partner 2

Guatemala – ConnectEd

ConnectED is a nonprofit that improves access, quality, and relevance of education for youth in Central America. Through the Fellows Program, they harness the energy and commitment of local education leaders by nurturing, building, and mobilizing their skills and strengths to improve educational outcomes for youth in their communities.

At the heart of their work are the ConnectED Fellows. With ConnectED’s support, networks, tools and leadership development, Fellows engage their communities in tackling pressing educational challenges through projects that make high-quality, relevant education possible for the next generation.