IKEA Foundation

About the IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation believes that all children and young people deserve to look forward to a bright future full of opportunities. But for many of them, there are two major threats to that future: poverty and climate change. That is why the IKEA Foundation is committed to helping people living in poverty afford a better everyday life while protecting the planet.

Our partnership with the IKEA Foundation

Our partnership with the IKEA Foundation launched in November 2019. Together we are supporting young entrepreneurs in India and Bangladesh to build thriving businesses. YBI members Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) in India and Youth Enterprise Advice and Helpcentre (B’YEAH) in Bangladesh are implementing the programme, which includes training, mentoring, access to finance and support in adopting digital technologies as well as decent work. This support has been particularly crucial during COVID-19 lockdowns - watch the video below to learn more:

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Initiatives

Accelerating Youth-led Businesses in the Digital EraYBI's regional programme supporting young people in India and Bangladesh to build and sustain thriving businesses and boost their economies.

Success stories

Turning challenges into opportunities: Shantanu Dandage’s story

India

When India went into national lockdown, 24-year-old self-employed photographer Shantanu Dandage lost all his clients and orders. But instead of despairing, he used this time of standstill to upgrade his skills and bounce back stronger. His story is one of perseverance and determination.

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Esrat Jahan Chowdhury

Bangladesh

“This is not just a business; this is a social responsibility.”

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Akhti Akher Milli

Bangladesh

“Times are changing for women. We now have more opportunities than ever. Don’t stay at home, go do what you want and learn from others!”

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Kaniz Fatema

Bangladesh

“Everyone can be an entrepreneur! Take initiative and you will be successful.”

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Creating jobs for India’s rural youth: Akshay Babar’s story

India

Find out how young agripreneur Akshay Babar supports local farmers through his biofertilizer production business while providing decent work to rural youth.

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Publications

Impact Report 2020

Impact Report 2020

Publications

Youth Business International is delighted to share our 2020 Impact Report.

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Building the next generation of responsible businesses and leaders

Building the next generation of responsible businesses and leaders

Publications

YBI’s brief shares our learning and sets out our recommendations to help young entrepreneurs embed decent work principles into their businesses.

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Other Partners

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Standard Chartered Foundation

Standard Chartered Foundation

Argidius Foundation

Argidius Foundation

Enel

Enel

Citi Foundation

Citi Foundation

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