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Environmentally sustainable development

Sherly, a Change Champions participant

Change Champions

Sherly relied on locally grown materials to make the goods she sold at markets, but an extended dry season left her with a small harvest for the year and limited what she could produce. Sherly was about to leave her village for the city to find work as a maid, but a friend showed her a leaflet about one of our entrepreneurship training programmes, Change Champions.

Since joining Change Champions, Sherly has become a green entrepreneur, speaking at technology fairs about green technology and selling innovative green products. The training has given Sherly the ability and confidence to support herself, and the products she specialises in will benefit communities and reduce environmental degradation.

A woman holding her fishing net

The Future Plan Fund

This is the first time a group has come to us suggesting we should work together to develop a project.

– Village Chief, Uaroana, Atauro Island, Timor - Leste

The Future Plan Fund supports three coastal livelihood projects in Timor Leste, Kenya, and Colombia.

The aim of these projects is to promote a green economy, conserve and enhance biodiversity in coastal regions, and increase the recognition and participation of women in decision-making around coastal resources.

A Village Savings and Loans Association in Ghana

Green skills for Ghana

This project aims to create jobs and expand economic activities in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner, in 60 communities of the Greater Accra and Brong-Ahafo regions. To do this, we are:

  • providing 'green skills' and business-focused training for women and young people
  • establishing village savings and loans associations to create access to investment
  • working with business forums, local authorities and training providers to catalyse the growth of a green economy.

The Future Plan Fund

The Future Plan Fund (FPF) has been created with a landmark gift of £1million to Plan International UK by one of our long-term supporters. The aim of the fund is to develop our approach to environmental sustainability across the organisation at both a programmatic and strategic level.

Read more about becoming a partner with Plan International UK > 

The Green Skills for Ghana project is funded by the European Union.

Features of sustainable development

Green economy

A green economy is one that results in improved human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Blue economy

The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving marine and coastal ecosystems.

Green skills

Green skills can be understood as the knowledge and skills needed to live and work in an environmentally responsible way, and to deal with the impacts of climate change.

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