UEL's international development courses have long nurtured student and alumni engagement with influential NGOs (non-governmental organisations) around the world. In 2015, the programme received civic engagement money for three projects. The goal was to further strengthen students' relationships with select NGOs and to support the important work being done by the organisations.
- Students received training on female genital mutilation awareness issues, then undertook placements with Women’s Health and Family Services (WHFS) and Childreach Tanzania. The students raised community understanding of female genital mutilation and conducted on-the-ground work involving impact evaluations of interventions made by the NGOs.
- Students worked at the Osmani Trust (OT) in London and the Society for Awareness, Harmony and Equal Rights (SAHER) in Mumbai, focusing on issues around cities, communities and employment. The students worked on education projects and conducted research on urban deprivation.
- Students in London and Jordan focused on youth in conflict, looking at how the Brazilian art form Capoeira can help young people who have suffered trauma, displacement and loss of education rebuild their social skills and engage as effective members of their communities.