Accenture’s US$2.2 Million Grant to Plan Netherlands Will Help Thousands of Tanzanian and Zambian Youth Secure Employment

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The FINANCIAL — Accenture has made a US$2.2 million grant to Plan Netherlands to help the nonprofit deliver digital, technical and life skills training to more than 6,000 disadvantaged youth in Tanzania and Zambia.

The grant, which includes both cash and pro-bono services, will enable Plan International to secure employment for 5,000 of these youth who face staggering unemployment rates and poverty – over 70 percent of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than US$2 dollars a day, according to Accenture.

It also will help the nonprofit develop a digital learning platform to deliver skills training using interactive components such as applications and games. These youth will be trained for a variety of digital jobs such as computer maintenance, digital marketing and coding, including the skills they need to improve or start their own businesses.

“Together with Plan, we are helping connect these youth to the digital world – enabling access to technology that was previously unattainable and equipping them with skills to create a more secure future for themselves, their families and communities,” said Jill Huntley, managing director of Global Corporate Citizenship at Accenture.

The partnership is part of Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which is equipping more than 3 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Over the past five years, Accenture and Plan International have partnered to help approximately 10,000 disadvantaged youth secure employment.

“Working alongside Accenture, we combine our expertise and ability to help disadvantaged youth in Tanzania and Zambia access the skills education and training needed to further their potential and secure employment,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.”

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