Read the UNICEF/Barclays report, "Building Young Futures: Four Years On"
Barclays and UNICEF have been working together on Building Young Futures since 2008 with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people across the world unlock their potential, gain the support and skills they need to get work, and achieve a brighter economic future for themselves and their communities.
In November 2012, the partnership was renewed with Barclays committing a further £5 million across three years. The second phase is working with 74,000 young people in Brazil, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Uganda and Zambia.
Watch a film about UNICEF and Barclays' work in Zambia
This next stage will see UNICEF and Barclays collaborating to provide a tailored approach of skills training, mentoring, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship development, all designed to create more opportunities for employment.
As well as investing funds, Barclays are providing business and financial expertise through the work of their employees who are volunteering around the world.
UNICEF’s State of the World report showed how young people in developing economies are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Many more are underemployed or living in poverty. This is a tragic waste of young people’s talent and potential.
UNICEF recognises that adolescence is a pivotal time in the life of a child – the gateway to adulthood. Building Young Futures is a pioneering project to help ensure children and young people can mature into financially secure adults.
Read more about the Barclays/UNICEF Building Young Futures partnership.