Economic Inclusion

The challenge: Around the world, millions of people are locked out of economic opportunity because they don’t have the right tools and resources. This burden is particularly acute for youth and women. Only 63 percent of women aged 25 to 54 participate in the labour force, compared with 94 percent for men. Around the world, it is estimated that 71 million youth are unemployed – and 16 percent of employed youth are considered “working poor.” This exclusion results in hardship at the household level, and slower growth of the global economy.

Our solution: We work on multiple fronts to create opportunities for all to build a more prosperous future. Our programs address a wide spectrum of needs, from community-based savings groups, to financial services and support to women and youth entrepreneurs. We invest in innovative, market-focused initiatives that build the knowledge, skills, and institutional capacities to promote sustainable economic growth in remote or marginalized communities.

A message from Aswan’s young entrepreneurs for World Environment Day

Aswan, the third biggest city in Egypt, is a busy market and tourist centre on the east bank of the Nile River. But while opportunities exist, there is a large disconnect between training that is available and the skills and products in demand in an Egypt that is both quickly modernizing and grappling with the challenge of climate change.

What does empowering women look like in Afghanistan?

The Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP) is a four-year project that aims to advance women’s empowerment through increasing the social and economic participation of women in the provinces of Baghlan, Bamyan, and Takhar.

The world we want

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sometimes called the Global Goals, are a worldwide movement to break the cycle of poverty

Opportunity grows on trees

Four thriving enterprises that started with a little seed planted at a nutrition workshop.

Reaching the most vulnerable

Jaclyn Dolski was placed in Dushanbe, Tajikistan through AKFC’s fellowship program.

What motorcycles mean for women’s empowerment: A first-hand account from Afghanistan

To mark Gender Equality Week at the end of September, we sat down with program manager Conrad Koczorowski to learn more about his work and a recent trip to Bamyan province in Afghanistan.

Sowing the seeds of potential: Transforming teachers

The Madrasa Program also transforms the lives of the teachers who come through its doors, by training existing and future teachers.

Dispatch from the field: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Allie Shier was part of the 2017-2018 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She participated in the International Development

East African Dialogue Series

Duration: 2014-2017 Location: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Reach: This is a research project with no direct beneficiaries. Budget: $350,000 (AKFC: $150,000; International