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.

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

Enhancing Employability And Leadership For Youth (EELY)

Duration: 2011-2017 Location: Pakistan Reach: 252,000 people (114,200 women and 137,800 men) Budget: $19 million (Global Affairs Canada: $16 million; AKFC:

Partnership For Advancing Human Development In Africa And Asia (PAHDAA)

Duration: 2012-2018 Location: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Egypt, Uganda, India, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tanzania

Aswan Skills Development Program (ASDP)

Duration: 2015-2020 Location: Egypt Reach: 6,000 (2,400 women and 3,600 men) Budget: $12.5 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.6 million; AKFC: $1.9 million) Description: