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One Plan, One Goal: Rights and Opportunities for Every Child

Girls laughing in a classroom in Myanmar

Today, hundreds of millions of children remain without their rights, including their right to education, to health care and to protection. We believe this is totally unacceptable. Our vision is of a world in which all girls and boys realise their full potential, in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. 

Our ambitious strategy sets one goal for Plan International to achieve this. We aim to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are marginalised or excluded, with high-quality programmes that deliver long-lasting benefits. 

One Goal

Our strategy focuses on 4 key areas that will have the biggest impact in driving us towards our goal. 

  1. Tackling exclusion: reaching the most marginalised groups to work towards rights for every child
  2. Improving programme quality: making sure we measure the impact of our programmes to ensure they are having the greatest possible impact
  3. Expanding successful programmes: adapting and replicating successful projects locally, regionally and globally
  4. Extending our influence: using our influence and expertise to collaborate with others and influence at global level

One Plan 

At the heart of this strategy is another ambition, which will help us achieve our goal of change for children. We are determined to become ’One Plan’ – a more effective, efficient and collaborative organisation whose individual parts are all striving towards our one goal. As ‘One Plan’ we will be better able to meet the demands of a fast-changing world. We will: 

  •  Work together to significantly increase income and other resources
  • Align all parts of Plan International behind our one goal
  • Collaborate with other organisations

Our strategy is underpinned by a programme of organisational change to develop our Business Operating Model and re-work our core processes. Plan International will emerge from the change programme as a more efficient, effective and connected organisation, with a continued focus on delivering quality programmes for children and their communities. 

Developing our strategy

The strategy responds to global trends including increasing urbanisation, greater inequalities within populations, more disasters and a changing climate, pockets of fast-growing youth populations, and new insights into poverty.

In particular it responds to the findings of the 2010 mid-term review of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which concluded that, despite some successes, specific groups are still missing out.

As of June 2015, our One Plan One Goal strategy has been extended by a further year to allow further time to implement the change programmes that underpin our ambitions to become ‘One Plan’. 

Work is underway to develop our next global strategy, which will be effective from 2017. This work began with a review of our vision, mission and values to ensure that Plan International is as effective as possible in a fast-changing world.

“Recognising the growing pressures facing girls and boys, five years ago, Plan International set out on an ambitious journey to make an even greater difference in the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised children. Delivering this strategy has meant working in new and different parts of the world, being courageous and speaking up against injustice, building new partnerships and raising more money, as well as strengthening our programmes at a local level. I’m thankful to the many Plan International staff and faithful supporters for making our work possible in world that continues to change fast.”

David Thomson, Director of Global Strategy