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Girls in Zambia have been learning to save money through the Banking on Change programme.

Finding a formula for youth economic empowerment

26 July 2016

Plan International’s Banking on Change programme shows how providing girls and young women with savings skills doesn't just produce financial rewards, blogs Plan International’s John Schiller.

Mr John Schiller, Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International

John Schiller

Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International USA

Education: the foundation for economic and social growth

12 July 2016

One of the best ways to tackle youth unemployment and to support economic and social growth is through education. This needs to go beyond the classroom and include long-term learning that focuses on skills development and growth, blogs Plan International's John Barrett Trew

 

John Trew

Youth Employment Specialist, Plan International in Asia
The hands of youth delegates at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul

We must strive for unity and listen to youth

24 June 2016

It is vital we do all we can to overcome division, following the British referendum. In particular, we must listen to children and young people and stand up for those who are excluded and denied their rights, writes Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Girl campaigning in Uganda

Speed up change to improve girls’ lives

16 May 2016

Making all girls visible in statistics is a critical first step towards holding governments to account and implementing the girl-focused global goals, writes Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen.

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International
Children at water distribution in Dorolaba, Lalibela district

Communities in Ethiopia surviving despite El Niño drought

13 May 2016

Food and water distributions are helping communities survive despite El Niño-caused droughts but long-term needs remain, blogs Plan International’s Jonathan Mitchell.

Mr Jonathan Mitchell, Director of Programmes, Plan International

Jonathan Mitchell

Director of Programmes, Plan International Headquarters
A group of women who have been forced to relocate next to a canal to grow maize

Desperate times as El Niño food shortage ravages Zimbabwe

11 April 2016

The reality of the drought in Zimbabwe is heart-breaking and requires precise action before the situation spirals out of control, blogs Plan International’s Humanitarian Director Roger Yates.

Mr Roger Yates, Director of Disaster Risk Management, Plan International

Roger Yates

Director of Disaster Risk Management, Plan International Headquarters
youth savings groups, microfinance, savings and loans, finance

Helping young people create their own jobs

30 March 2016

Plan International’s work with youth savings groups is leading change in the way organisations work with young people in developing countries, blogs John Schiller after visiting groups in Zambia.

Mr John Schiller, Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International

John Schiller

Global Advisor for Savings Groups, Plan International USA
Children playing in Sierra Leone

How youth triumphed in the Ebola disaster

24 March 2016

Two years after the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Plan International Sierra Leone Youth Advisory Panel member Kamanda Kamara blogs about young people’s participation in the struggle to contain the virus, and how their brave work has contributed to lasting change in their communities.

Kamanda, Global Youth Advisory Panel (GYAP) member, Plan International

Kamanda Kamara

Global Youth Advisory Panel member
Girls in Plan International India's Safe Cities programme

Partnerships transform young lives in India

21 March 2016

Enterprising staff and strong corporate partnerships reinforce Plan International India's ability to deliver life-changing programmes for young people, blogs Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Brigitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International