On 22 November, UNICEF and Barclays celebrated four years of the Building Young Futures partnership. 

Since 2008, the joint initiative has helped give more than half a million young people across 13 countries  the skills needed to achieve a better economic future.

The event, which was co-hosted by UNICEF UK President, Lord Ashdown and Barclays Chairman, Marcus Agius at the Foundling Museum in London, also saw the launch of the partnership’s achievement report.

Entitled Building young futures - four years on, the report highlights the lasting impact of the initiative on young people across each of the 13 countries.

"By combining our expertise, experience and commitment, this partnership has truly transformed the future prospects of vulnerable young people around the world, " said David Bull, UNICEF UK's Executive Director.

Marcus Agius added: "We believe that never has investing in building the skills of the next generation been more important or ever made more sense".

Paddy Ashdown, Chair of UNICEF UK © UNICEF UK/2011
Paddy Ashdown, Chair of UNICEF UK, at the Building Young Futures celebration event in November.© UNICEF UK/2011