We grow enterprises in emerging economies
A strong and prosperous economy is the best way to address poverty
Company growth creates jobs and a secure income for people living in town and cities. This also helps rural farmers who depend upon urban businesses to process, package and sell their goods. Earning your own money is the first step towards reducing the need for charity or aid and helps communities to develop a stable way to support themselves.
Since 1999 we have worked in more than 70 countries supporting people and enterprises to work together to support their community have better access to goods, services and money.
Since 2014 we have been focusing our work on Sub-Saharan Africa, and now have Challenges offices in Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia that are supporting local businesses and individuals to improve and create sustainable economies that promote prosperity for all.
Prosperity, not Poverty
By focusing on helping businesses to grow, we are allowing individuals, families and communities up and down the supply chain to become prosperous.
Prosperity isn’t just about counting wealth, it’s about accessing all of the benefits that wealth brings: access to safe drinking water; food security; a good education; fair and equal job opportunities; decent health care and protection from the effects of climate change.
If we can help developing nations to become prosperous, their people have a better chance of improving their standard of living without relying on international aid and charity.
That is truly sustainable development!
Youth to Work Programme
Our Youth to Work programme is a partnership between young people and private enterprise in Kampala, Lusaka and Accra to support youth employability.
The programme aims to demonstrate the dynamic contribution youth can make to economic development.
The programme supports exceptional young professionals and small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia to drive positive change in business and communities. In addition the programme also targets key spillover benefits within the wider business community.
Youth to Work is being delivered by our teams in Ghana, Uganda and Zambia and is funded by the Futuremakers by Standard Chartered initiative.