Our 2020-2021 Annual Report: Reimagining a new future for young people
We are excited to share our 2020-2021 Annual Report!
Despite the challenges and new realities presented by the pandemic, 2020-2021 was full of achievements, milestones, and learnings. Our Annual Report provides an overview of our work and illustrates the progress we have made towards our vision and mission to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for young people around the world.
Here are just some of the ways we adapted to COVID-19 in 2020-2021:
- In collaboration with over 280 partners, we reached more than 30,000 youth around the world. In addition, another 3.6 million people stand to benefit from the changes we support through our partners globally.
- Throughout the past year, we worked tirelessly to adapt our programming to better respond to the challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, we adapted our TVET education programs in Jordan, Iraq, and Vietnam to deliver training virtually, in response to the closure of learning centres.
- We doubled the number of cash transfer recipients among girls and young refugees in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps and surrounding communities. A total of 5,740 girls and their families received cash transfers to support girls’ access to education.
- We also mobilized our existing network of radio broadcasters to offer interactive radio programming on topics such as early marriage and sexual and gender-based violence, opening up a discussion on challenges faced by girls and young women during the pandemic.
- We offered support to young entrepreneurs to adapt their products in order to meet evolving needs in their communities. In Ghana, for example, women supported by our entrepreneurship programming created masks and other personal protective equipment that were made available for purchase in the local market.
- We launched our first Partner Innovation Fund to support eight partners in Uganda, Malawi, Ghana, and Vietnam who received a total of $323,000 CAD to support innovative initiatives designed to increase access to employment and entrepreneurship for marginalized young people.
- We hosted our first-ever virtual International Forum, welcoming over 500 participants to the global event.
- Despite the challenges we faced, we launched several new initiatives to support innovative, inclusive, and climate-smart economies and improve access to education and economic opportunities for young people.
We would like to thank our network of partners, volunteers, staff, and supporters in Canada and overseas for their ongoing dedication and commitment to this work. Together, we can achieve a better world for young people.
Read our 2020-2021 Annual Report.