Youth Learning

Pilot and roll out a social and financial education program to disadvantaged youth in developing countries

$3.8 million
Five years
Start date:
May 2011

Why We Partnered

Aflatoun is a programme, an organisation, a network, and a movement. Aflatoun offers over one million children a unique social and financial education experience. Created in 2005 and headquartered in Amsterdam, Aflatoun is known for its social and financial education curriculum and its cost-effective delivery model. A dynamic and dedicated network of 130 partner organisations delivers this programme of social and financial education to children, teachers, and facilitators in 85 countries. The Aflatoun programme aims to change children’s lives by socially and economically empowering them and to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours they need to break cycles of poverty. The high quality, broadly accepted curriculum has been adapted and delivered by Ministries of Education, international organizations, microfinance organizations, schools, and non-governmental organizations.

After five successful years of scaling its curriculum for children, Aflatoun identified a demand for a program tailored for youth. As a result, Aflatoun developed Aflateen, a Social and Financial Education program for youth 15 to 18 years of age.  Aflateen helps young people develop financial knowledge and skills by incorporating “learning by doing” activities including savings clubs, enterprise creation, and community projects.

Over the next five years, Aflateen will be piloted and ultimately scaled in 50 developing countries across the world. Aflatoun will provide its partners with training and technical assistance.  Aflatoun will further evaluate implementation for quality and impact, and facilitate innovation through learning exchanges. An online platform will enable partners, trainers and youth to network with each other, and access e-learning materials and games for additional interactive learning.

Anticipated Impact

  • The Aflateen curriculum will be expanded into 50 countries reaching 250,000 disadvantaged youth.
  • A strong network of partners to increase access to tools and curricula.
  • Participating youth engaged in savings activity.
  • Participating youth engaged in social and/or financial enterprise.

Where We Are Now

  • The Aflateen program is growing both in terms of country outreach (36 countries) and scale within some countries.  11 new country partners from the network have begun implementing the Aflateen program in the last quarter.
  • Amongst the countries that started Aflateen in the previous years, seven countries have expanded their programs by partnering with other organizations and/or having other organizations start the programs.
  • 27,641 youth have participated in the programme to date, with 603 clubs, and 70 schools and centres. 
  • Aflateen manual has been produced and published in seven languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin).