Two Y Care International secondments to lead YMCA Vision 2030 coordination work

Date: 05 June 2023

6 June 2023. World YMCA’s task of supporting the YMCA Movement-wide adoption of Vision 2030 takes a step forward today, with two new people joining the team. They are seconded by the international development agency Y Care International, which grew out of and continues to serve the global YMCA Movement.

Angela Zamaere Smith will lead the Learning, Innovation and Impact Movement Support team, and Rehana Merali will coordinate the Meaningful Work Pillar Team.

Angela Zamaere Smith has almost 30 years’ experience, developing and overseeing global development programmes and spearheading strategic change management and good governance programmes in international organisations such as the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). Originally from Malawi, she is currently the Director of Programmes and Partnerships at Y Care International in the UK.


Rehana Merali is also an international development expert, with two decades of experience working for and with communities, NGOs (including BRAC and the Aga Khan Foundation) and governments (including the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office). She has worked with Y Care International and its partner YMCAs since 2010 and is currently Y Care’s Head of Partnership Networks.

World YMCA is in the process of assembling four Movement Support teams: Strategic Alignment; Learning, Innovation and Impact (to be led by Angela); Advocacy and Influence; Resource Mobilization.

World YMCA is also assembling four Pillar Teams, for each of the Vision 2030 Pillars: Community Wellbeing; Meaningful Work; Sustainable Planet; Just World. National Movements are also being selected to take turns as ‘champions’ for each Pillar, and Y Australia will champion the Meaningful Work Pillar Team (which Rehana will coordinate).

“We sincerely thank our great friends at Y Care International, and we warmly welcome Angela and Rehana”, said World YMCA Secretary General Carlos Sanvee. “These teams are the hubs for aligning the Movement around the four ‘vertical’ Pillars and the four ‘horizontal’ Support Functions by which we will make Vision 2030 reality. Onwards!”

“Carlos and I share a vision of ‘system change’” says Graeme Hodge, CEO of Y Care International. “It’s about changing the way the world works, and the way we work. I’m thrilled to see the whole YMCA Movement aligning for greater impact – internally and externally – and we are pleased to play our part.”

Angela and Rehana will undertake 6- and 12-month secondments respectively, from 6 June 2023.