We believe that providing disadvantaged people with the specific skills and resources they need to find employment or to develop an independent livelihood reduces their vulnerability and provides them with a dignified means by which to support themselves and their families’ needs.
More than 3 billion people – over half of the world – live below the poverty line on less than $2.50 a day (WB, 2008). Whilst global poverty has been reducing gradually overall, 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening (HDR, 2007). Moreover, according to the ILO, the world is facing a worsening crisis in which 73 million young people are out of work. This creates a precarious situation in countries facing persistent poverty issues. In addition to ensuring that underprivileged communities have access to essential education and health services, ensuring that young people have the skills and resources to allow them to bridge the divide to the workplace and to generate income for themselves is part of the longer term solution to poverty reduction and ensures self reliance rather than dependence on charity and aid.
The Ashmore Foundation makes grants to organisations working to
- Provide vocational training for disadvantaged young people
- Build community knowledge, resources and capacities for sustainable local enterprise
- Support effective social enterprise benefitting disadvantaged groups