BEST4WEER aims to improve women’s social and economic empowerment during the process of COVID-19 recovery and rebuilding.
The challenge: The issue of economic exclusion is a stark one: The number of unemployed youth globally is estimated at 71 million, with many regions recording a youth unemployment rate twice as high as adults. Many more young adults are underemployed, falling into the category of “working poor.” Over 40 percent of women remain outside of the formal financial system. These exclusions result 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.
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Civil Society
- Climate Resilience
- Early Childhood Development
- Engaging Canadians
- Gender Equality
- Health and Nutrition
- Work and Enterprise
Gul Mahoor volunteers as manager of her community’s health relief fund in Pakistan.
An insight into the current crisis in Afghanistan, how AKF is responding and why hope endures.
AWCE contributes to poverty reduction by identifying and promoting good practices to support women entrepreneurs in climate-related value chains.
Inam Teja was part of the 2019 – 2020 AKFC International Youth Fellowship cohort and was placed with Accelerate Prosperity
“Over my career, I have seen many gender advocates evolve and emerge. Society has also been transformed.”
“My hope would be that gender equality becomes so part of everybody’s DNA that integrating gender and using a gender lens will be a part of everyone.”
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.