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Plan International and BØRNEfonden to merge

2 July 2018
Leading Danish development organisation BØRNEfonden has merged with global child rights and humanitarian organisation Plan International to deliver greater impact for millions of vulnerable children and young people in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The merger means that BØRNEfonden’s operations in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo will be integrated with Plan International’s current programmes in these four countries. 

“By joining forces, we can do much more to champion child rights, equality between girls and boys and the development of strong, resilient communities for the most marginalised children and youth in some of the most disadvantaged regions in the world,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International. 

Delivering greater impact for children

Plan International is one of the world's largest development and humanitarian organisations advancing children's rights and equality for girls. The organisation is active in more than 70 countries and has an annual turnover of more than €850 million. 

Plan International has worked in West Africa for over 40 years with major programmes in education, health, household economic security, water and sanitation, and child rights promotion. The organisation has a collective annual budget of over €60 million in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo with over 450 staff. 

BØRNEfonden has been working in these four countries for over four decades, focusing on children’s health and education, as well as employability, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth. Every year BØRNEfonden benefits three million people, enabling them to build a better future. BØRNEfonden’s merger will add over 45,000 sponsored children and 471 staff to Plan International’s operations.

Combining resources and expertise

“This is an incredibly exciting and pathbreaking opportunity that will give a strong boost to our efforts to support children and young people – particularly girls, to learn, lead, decide and thrive,” said Gwen Wisti, Managing Director of PlanBørnefonden – the Danish office of Plan International that resulted from the merger. 

Christine Bosse, chairman of PlanBørnefonden said: “The merger allows BØRNEfonden and Plan International to build on their distinctive strengths and capabilities. By combining our resources and expertise we can achieve greater impact in Africa. Together we can do more where the need is greatest. Together we will be a powerful voice of children and youth in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali and Togo.”

In the run-up to the merger, staff from both organisations worked together to develop unified vision and strategy. Programmes in Mali will focus on early childhood development, adolescent sexual reproductive health, em¬ployment and entrepreneurship. In Benin and Burkina Faso, the focus will be on inclusive quality education, youth employment, adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health. In Togo, the programmes will concentrate on skills and opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship, sexual and reproductive health, and early childhood and development.

Editor's notes

About Plan International:

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. It strives for a just world, working together with children, young people, supporters and partners. Plan International works with children, young people and communities to tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability. It supports children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. Its work enables children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. Using it reach, experience and knowledge, Plan International drives changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels. It is independent of governments, religions and political parties. For over 80 years it has been building powerful partnerships for children and is active in more than 70 countries.

About BØRNEfonden:

BØRNEfonden has for more than 45 years worked in some of the world’s poorest countries, and is among Denmark’s largest privately funded development organisations. BØRNEfonden works with long-term, local solutions in order to empower the local communities to fight the lack of future prospects that influence the local communities in which it operates. BØRNEfonden’s knowledge and experience are the foundation for attracting and maintaining the supporters that enable the results, which create a sustainable future for children, youth, families and local communities. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals constitute the framework of its work.

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