Our five areas of expertise
We tackle the root causes of gender inequality. We work with local governments and partners to advocate for children and develop programs that support them in their right to get an education and be healthy and protected from violence. We develop children’s leadership skills and their ability to earn a living when they grow up. We’re also there for them when crises strike. And we stay with them to help build a healthy, safe and sustainable life. To achieve these goals, our programs focus on our five priority areas of expertise.
We help local education authorities and communities to ensure that children and young adults have access to a quality education. We provide preschool classes as well as vocational and entrepreneurial training and help students catch up if they have been out of school due to conflict or crisis. We’re experts at providing education in emergencies.Learn more
We work with local authorities to strengthen their health care systems. We train community health workers so that they can provide timely, effective and appropriate care to adolescent girls and women. We support reproductive health care services and also help prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, COVID-19 and other illnesses. We help individuals assert their right to access health services and critical care.Learn more
Protection from violence
We support programs that keep children, especially girls, safe by helping prevent practices such as child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation and other gender-based violence. We amplify girls’ voices to ensure that girls are included in decision making that affects their lives.Learn more
Youth leadership & Economic Empowerment
Our programs help youth in Canada (age 14 to 24) deepen their knowledge and develop their advocacy skills around global issues. Internationally, programs like our financial-literacy training and savings and loan groups help build economic empowerment. As with all of our programs, we work with communities and youth-led movements to challenge harmful ideas that prevent gender equality.Learn more
HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE
In emergencies, we provide food and cash vouchers and create safe spaces for children. We deliver education programs, nutritional training and clean water and sanitation. We offer sexual and reproductive health rights services to address increased risks of child marriage, adolescent pregnancy and sexual violence. We also equip communities to protect themselves from economic shocks and increase their resilience to climate change and other challenges.Learn more
Reports and publications
Plan International publishes reports and publications by our technical teams and experts around the globe, and in conjunction with partner organizations and researchers. Explore our reports and publications to learn more about our areas of work and how we work to remove barriers that keep children, especially girls from reaching their full potential.
Learn more about our work and our impact
From lack of access to education, to protection from harm, to clean water and basic sanitation, millions of children around the world are being held back by a variety of barriers that prevent them from realizing their full potential
Monitoring and evaluation
Learn how our rigorous monitoring and evaluation systems ensure that our programs to help children and communities are effective, impactful and accountable.
Safeguarding children and youth
“Safeguarding” describes the actions we take to prevent or stop the abuse of children and young people, which includes empowering employees to report and respond to concerns so that everyone is safer.
See the key policies governing our effectiveness and accountability to our stakeholders. Plan International has been named a top performer in the One World Trust annual global accountability report.
Policy and advocacy
Our work is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. See what organizations we partner with.
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