Economic Inclusion

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, to innovative, market-focused initiatives that build the knowledge, skills and institutional capacities to promote sustainable economic growth in remote or marginalized communities.  

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 Budget: $350,000 (AKFC: $150,000; International Development Research Centre: $150,000; Ford Foundation: $50,000) Description: Convened

Enhancing Employability And Leadership For Youth (EELY)

Duration: 2011-2017 Location: Pakistan Budget: $19 million (Global Affairs Canada: $16 million; AKFC: $3 million) Description: The Enhancing Employability and

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

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

Aswan Skills Development Program (ASDP)

Duration: 2015-2020 Location: Egypt Budget: $12.5 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.6 million; AKFC: $1.9 million) Description: The Aswan Skills Development Program is

Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program (AWEP)

Duration: 2016-2020 Location: Afghanistan Budget: $12 million (Global Affairs Canada: $10.5 million; AKFC: $1.5 million) Description: The Afghanistan Women’s Empowerment Program is

A home away from home

In Bamyan, Afghanistan, a Canadian-supported dormitory has become a powerful tool for breaking down significant barriers to education for young women and girls.

It takes a village

We were all once children. We were all once young, full of hope and potential.

Dispatch from the field: Kettles and cameras in Karasu, Kyrgyzstan

Rachel Mather was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She was placed with First Micro Credit Company in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.