Our partners

The World Guide Founda­tion is a global partner­ship between people and organi­za­tions, who are passion­ate about devel­op­ing the next gener­a­tion of leaders in family, business and society in general — with a focus on guiding girls and young women on their way towards respon­si­ble and active citizen­ship, creating positive change in society. The Founda­tion cooper­ates with organi­za­tions sharing this mission. Girls and young women are engaged primarily through The World Associ­a­tion of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS); The World Organi­za­tion of the Scout Movement (WOSM) engages both boys and girls.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

The World Associ­a­tion of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts WAGGGS is our strategic partner in Scouting/Guiding. WAGGGS, having more than 100 years’ experi­ence in devel­op­ing female leader­ship, is the umbrella for 150 national Girl Guide/Girl Scout organi­za­tions, who may all cooperate indepen­dent­ly with the Founda­tion.

Leader­ship devel­op­ment is the heart of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. From the moment a child promises to “do her best”, she joins a values based leader­ship journey that grows new perspec­tives and behaviors. Every member has the same leader­ship respon­si­bil­i­ty; to reach their fullest potential and work together to build the world they want to see. The global network of almost 10 million resilient girls and young women is a powerful force for social change.

In partner­ship with the Univer­si­ty of Exeter, WAGGGS is creating a major long-term ‘Leader­ship Devel­op­ment program’, to be rolled out globally to 150 national member organi­za­tions. This program creates a clear pathway of leader­ship practice for all members, from intro­duc­ing leader­ship and enter­prise mind-sets in the youth programme, to support­ing senior decision makers to champion youth leader­ship. By strength­en­ing leader­ship practice, WAGGGS will equip the member organi­za­tions with the approach­es they need to reach more girls and young women in their society with trans­for­ma­tion­al leader­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Uganda Girl Guide Association (UGGA)

UGGA is our first national partner. UGGA has presented an ambitious project, — to reach out to 250.000 more girls and young women before the end of 2020 — on top of the current 200.000 members. In Uganda, a huge percent­age of the popula­tion is under 30 years. This means that there is a tremen­dous need for education, not only formal education but also non-formal training in order to involve the children in activ­i­ties giving them life skills instead of ‘bad habits’ in the streets. The young people involved will learn leader­ship skills as well as life skills, thus devel­op­ing skills and experi­ence to become leaders of tomorrow. Working with girls and young women also means to develop better gender equality. The potential impact of the project is overwhelm­ing­ly positive.

Danish Girl Guides – Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Founda­tion further works with the Danish Girl Guide ‘Social Entre­pre­neur­ship Initia­tive’. The Entre­pre­neur­ship Group helps national organi­za­tions enhance their capacity building, member­ship increase and leader­ship devel­op­ment, through engaging young people in Social Entre­pre­neur­ship.

*A note on terminology

Guides and Scouts around the world call themselves Guides, Girl Guides, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or simply Scouts. To avoid repeti­tion, the World Guide Founda­tion will use the term ‘Scout’ to cover any of the above. While referring specif­i­cal­ly to girls and young women who are our primary focus, the term ‘Scout’ should be under­stood as Girl Scout, Girl Guide or Guide.