Over 40% of the world’s young people are either unemployed or have a job but live in poverty. The quality and relevance of education is at the heart of youth employability.

Very often education is not adequately tailored to the needs of the labour market: young people do not find jobs and employers are not able to hire people with the skills they need. The changing economic landscape require young people to become entrepreneurs that are able to take initiative and organise a team to get work done.


As young people become consumers, workers and producers, it is crucial they understand money and markets that increasingly affect them. For example, decisions to spend, save or borrow money influence their ability to access services such as education or health care.


Aflatoun addresses these issues with the low cost, social, financial, and livelihood skills programme: Aflateen. The curriculum includes vocational, business management, entrepreneurial, social and money management skills. This can help young people with income generation, finding jobs or setting up their own business. The programme engages them to undertake activities based on their concern for their future livelihood, their interest in other people and the environment, as well as their desire to develop and lead enterprise activities.


After facilitated sessions looking at themes such as identity and finance, young people develop entrepreneurial skills by incorporating practical activities, including savings clubs, enterprise creation, and community activities. Since Aflateen is based on peer support, it effectively develops leadership skills that are vital in career or business development. As a result, empowered youth contribute to reducing poverty, promote sustainable livelihoods and increase both individual and community wellbeing.



End Poverty in All its Forms Everywhere

Promote Sustained, Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth, Full and Productive Employment and Decent Work for All

Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All


Sustainable Development

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT In many countries children and young people do not have the knowledge and skills to actively participate and contribute to their societies, often characterised by weak education systems, poor social services and limited employ

Rights and Equality

RIGHTS AND EQUALITY All children and young people should have an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in order to become active agents for a more equitable world. To ensure that Rights & Equality are at the heart of our programmes,

Poverty Reduction

POVERY REDUCTION When children from families that have never used a bank account understand saving, they can plan ahead. When young people really understand their society, they can transform communities. Through our programmes children and young peop