The Better World Framework

Education for active citizenship


The Better World Framework was conceptualised in 2015 to integrate established World programmes and promote the engagement of young people in community development. Soon after it was endorsed by the World Scout Committee and shared with National Scout Organizations (NSOs), it became a common approach to support young people and succeeded in boosting actions in local communities.

In line with the Scout Movement’s commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Better World Framework is now enabling NSOs to align their community actions with the SDGs.

What is the Better World Framework?

The Better World Framework is a set of coordinated programmes, campaigns, calls to action, and events designed to develop the competencies of young people to become global active citizens by taking action around issues related to sustainable development.


What is the purpose of an integrated approach?
Development of young people through actions taken for the community. Development of the community through the actions of young people.

This approach benefits community actors and partners as it

  • empowers young people to contribute to sustainable development
  • provides opportunities for partners to engage young people around key global issues
  • encourages collaborations with NSOs in the development of initiatives to tackle relevant local issues affecting young people and their community
  • allows experts to work with young people in the development of innovative solutions, in collaboration with young people.

This approach benefits NSOs as it

  • aligns NSOs’ educational objectives that are related to active global citizenship and community development with common global goals 
  • aligns NSOs’ community development initiatives with specific SDGs and competencies for sustainable development 
  • provides a common monitoring and evaluation system to measure and report on the totality of Scouts’ contribution to the achievement of the SDGs
  • facilitates the incorporation of topics and the development of new resources by WOSM (National, Regional, and World levels)
  • creates opportunities for partners that can help develop initiatives to tackle relevant local issues affecting young people and community.
Who are the key actors in the education for sustainable development?

Young People in the lead

Scouts of all ages Cub Scouts – 7-11 years of age, Scouts – 11-15 years of age, Ventures and Rovers – 15 and above are developing key competencies for sustainability and taking action for sustainable development.


Providing support and information, and developing capacity in adult leaders to empower young people to take action

Community Actors

Providing insights, expertise, and networks to support young people


Support young people and NSOs by providing knowledge and financial support, as well as developing capacity

Learning opportunities that support education for sustainable development

We invite NSOs to adopt any or all of the learning opportunities to support education for sustainable development in their Youth Programme:

of Peace


A flagship educational 

programme that engages Scouts in building a global culture of peace and justice through millions of individual and community service actions. Developed in partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies.



The Earth Tribe is a global movement of young people who are passionate about the environment and actively engaged as global citizens to preserve and protect our planet. Whether young people are involved in Scouting or not, they are able to become members of Earth Tribe and contribute to conservation and environmental action.

of the World Award


A voluntary service award programmethat engages Scouts aged 15 to 26 years old in a local project to explore and take action around a social, environmental or economic issue impacting their community. 


for Peace


An educational program that invites Scouts to become ambassadors and advocates for peace through intercultural, interreligious, intergenerational,

intergender and socialdialogue. Developed in partnership with KAICIID.

Patrimonito Scout badge


A programme designed to raise awareness and mobilise young people around World Heritage preservation and promotion, challenging young people between the ages of 15 and 26 to carry out their voluntary service at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Developed in partnership with UNESCO.

HeForShe Action Kit


A campaign that invites Scouts to become advocates for gender equality and make the HeForShe commitment to take action against gender bias, discrimination and violence. Developed in partnership with UN Women.

Are your initiatives part of the Better World Framework?

Any of the programmes, campaigns, calls to action, and events focusing on community actions can be incorporated under the Better World Framework, and inspire others around the world. How are you helping to address local issues? Share with us by uploading your projects. Create your story now.


Local actions achieving global impact

Check out all the actions young people are carrying out around the work to make local communities stronger and more sustainable and add yours!


Raising funds for your next project idea?

It's time to make that project idea you have in mind become a reality, follow these easy steps, raise funds and make it happen. Visit the Scout Donation Platform to create your own crowdfunding campaign today!

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