How we work

We are Plan International; we work with children and girls in over 80 countries to help create a world where we are all equal.

We aim not only to improve the daily lives of girls but also to advance their position and value in society, whilst actively working with boys and young men to champion gender equality.

We believe in advancing children’s rights in all contexts, including during conflict and emergencies, where girls are faced with additional dangers.

Our programmes deliver lasting change against discriminatory norms, policies and laws. We listen to the voices of children in the community, especially girls whose views and needs are frequently overlooked, to ensure that our work is relevant and effective.

We work to strengthen the capacities of governments and encourage them to meet their obligations towards child protection and fulfilling children’s rights. We form effective partnerships to address the systemic and structural causes of child rights violations and inequality, and support other humanitarian groups in order to extend our reach beyond the communities we work in.

We embolden young people to become active drivers of change by educating them on their rights and supporting their activism.

Our work is:

  • Gender transformative
  • Rights-based
  • Active in all contexts,
  • Active at all levels – from local to global
  • Achieved in partnership with other groups
  • Accountable to children and communities where we work, and to our partners, and informed by children’s voices, especially girls
How we work - programmes and influencing.

Programmes and influencing

The world is changing – and so are we. We have put gender equality and the persistent developmental challenges that girls are facing right at the heart of our organisational purpose.


We believe that our vision can be achieved even more effectively by working with others. Working with programmatic partners, corporates and donors means we combine expertise to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.

How we work - in partnerships with corporates, progammatic patners and donors.
Person, Child, Female

Using Evidence for Impact

By integrating evidence into all stages of our work, we aim to ensure that all our initiatives are grounded in robust and credible studies and analysis.

Humanitarian Principles

We work to support children and all civilians in humanitarian crisis, delivering humanitarian assistance and advocating for their rights in conflict.  

Humanitarian workers in Lebanon deliver aid.
How we work - we embrace experimentation to develop bold approaches for children, especially girls.


Embracing experimentation and risk to develop innovative and bold approaches, products and services.