Sarah Huxley

London-based Sarah Huxley co-ordinates ActionAid’s youth work. She is ActionAid’s lead advisor on youth policy and programmes, focusing on creating spaces and platforms to empower young men and women to make their voices heard. She specialises in youth policy, child rights, education, protection and post-conflict transitions, and is working to meet ActionAid’s goal of engaging and mobilising 5 million youth by 2017 to take action to build a poverty-free planet.

With past experience as lead writer for the online UN World Youth Report 2011, and with organisations including Restless Development and the DFID Civil Society Youth Working Group, Sarah is particularly keen to create strong links between development programmes, active research and policy.

Latest blogs

Youth activism is understood and practiced in many different shapes and forms. There is no doubt about that. Especially in the uncertain, contested and topsy-turvy world we live in. At the heart of...
The first Global Forum on Youth Policies has just happened in Baku, Azerbaijan. And it was a political bonanza! There are many potential angles to write about, which no doubt will be. For example,...
Dear all,ActionAid is keen to find out if any Activistas or young people involved in ActionAid programming have been accepted as delegates and will be attending this year's World Youth Conference in...
International youth practitioners and young participants have become increasingly frustrated with the ineffectiveness of youth forum spaces.It’s a challenge.How do you make the youth voice heard and...
When I first joined ActionAid, I was struck by the significance of the three pillars in our theory of change: empowerment, campaigning and solidarity.An important set of ingredients for tackling...
Youth leaders
Having just returned from the annual Activista Forum in Amman, I have had a moment to reflect. And in doing so, I have been most struck by the individual stories of each dynamic young participant....
Hanif, an 18 year old former sponsored child, is a softly spoken but assertive young man. Apparently he is an amazing artist, and has won national competitions.Hanif and his community-based...
Planning youth work in Bangladesh
As I sit in a tea shop in Pyapon, eating a bowl of steaming noodle soup for breakfast, I am struck by the comments from our current current group of Youth fellows that I met the previous night.I am...
It’s my eighth week working for ActionAid and I’m in The Gambia, listening to Muhammed, our Activista Co-ordinator for the country. Whilst I sit listening to him speak, I’m reminded why I’m doing the...
HungerFREE caravan The Gambia