Rescuing Futures

Citi and International Rescue Committee


Citi, through the Citi Foundation, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have teamed up to back young entrepreneurs in both host and refugee communities. Throughout the two-year pilot project, Rescuing Futures, nearly 1,000 young people across three cities - Athens in Greece, Amman in Jordan and Yola in northeast Nigeria - are being supported to build their entrepreneurship skills on the road to starting their own businesses. Focussed on 16-30-year-olds, each future entrepreneur is taking part in a comprehensive business and life skills training programme, which helps them build their skills and business acumen. Training culminates in the development of a market-relevant business plan. Entrepreneurs, many of whom may never have had a job or run a business before, also receive continuous mentorship from volunteers in the local community, including Citi staff, as they begin to plan, start, and run their small businesses. Citi's global footprint and 'More than Philanthropy' approach means the programme taps into Citi's network and expertise, and engages employees as volunteers. Coupled with IRC's expertise in working with conflict-affected populations to build economic resilience, the programme shows how corporations and NGOs can work together to back young people affected by war and crisis.

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