CHILD & YOUTH FINANCE INTERNATIONAL
Financial inclusion for children and youth worldwideThis NGO is Certified
HeadquartersAmsterdam | The Netherlands
Previous ranksLast year : 45
2 years ago : 48
Sector(s)Economic Empowerment, Children & Youth, Education, Knowledge Sharing
Launched in 2012 by Jeroo Billimoria, the founder of Aflatoun and Child Helpline International, Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) is proof that small NGOs can change the world by following their conviction, ideas, expertise, and genius. The word “genius” may sound a bit extreme, but it is a difficult word to avoid when looking at how much CYFI has accomplished in its short history. Through using its innovative collaborative systems change model, it has succeeded in creating and nurturing a worldwide movement to provide children and youth with financial education and economic citizenship. It took on the role of ‘honest broker’, advocating for the issue with governments and policymakers, disseminating expertise from within the movement, co-creating innovative programs which can scale, and convening all the different players to synchronize their efforts. This way of working has allowed it to stay small, and reach high impact at low cost.
Only someone with true nonprofit genius could pull this off.
Now, having played the part of catalyst in what has now become a blazing fire for economic citizenship for young people, CYFI has taken a step back and acknowledged that its role has been completed – a bold and unconventional thing for an NGO to declare. Thus, in 2018, CYFI has decided do what it does best – collaborative systems change – and apply it to the topic of youth entrepreneurship. Watch this space, because if the past seven years have taught us anything at all, it’s that CYFI has the know-how, login, and password to make global, impactful change in a short amount of time.
Facts & Data
Official Website http://www.childfinanceinternational.org
Countries of operation Worldwide
Countries where legally represented The Netherlands
Country where headquartered Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Type of organisation network, nonprofit
Number of employees 13
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Year founded 2012
Current CEO Bram van Eijk, Lubna Shaban
Primary contact and general inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
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Poverty is a global challenge. It has so many enduring effects on people, their communities and their countries.
CYFI sees that that the key to fighting poverty is for people to learn how to manage and handle money, and have the confidence, knowledge and responsibility to spend and earn it responsibly. This must start from childhood.
So CYFI has partnered with thousands of organizations in over 150 countries around the world – from banks, to governments, to NGOs, to academics – you name it! Together, they work to create policies and programs that make children and youth able to learn about money, have access to a bank account, develop entrepreneurial skills and, most importantly, to believe in themselves.
CYFI was established in April 2012. CYFI’s sister organization and Jeroo Billimoria’s previous endeavour, Aflatoun, has their own Economic Citizneship Ecducation (ECE) curriculum which was being implemented by partners around the world. However, Jeroo found that although ECE is important, only a small number of children were being reached due to systemic limitations.
Therefore, CYFI was born out of recognition that reshaping financial systems is needed to support the global network in changing the lives of many more children and youth worldwide.
- Affiliated member of G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (http://www.gpfi.org)
- Associate Member of the International Network for Financial Education (http://www.financial-education.org)
- Member of the Global Partnership for Youth in Development (http://www.youthindev.org)
- Member of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (http://coalitionforadolescentgirls.org)
- Member of the European Microfinance Network (http://www.european-microfinance.org)
- Member of the European Entrepreneurship Education Hub (http://www.ee-hub.eu)
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