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Focus topic

Education and income - breaking out of poverty

To break the vicious circle of poverty, disadvantaged people need good schooling and vocational training to secure future prospects as well as the chance to earn a better income.

Limited access to education is one of the main reasons why generations of families cannot lift themselves out of poverty. Although the number of children attending elementary school has increased in recent decades, the quality of education in many countries remains poor.

We enable people to receive a sound education because we are convinced that a good education, increases the chance of employment, a better income, promotes peace and strengthens gender equality and civil society.

We are committed to creating decent employment opportunities and sustainable livelihoods, which are central to poverty reduction. The precarious situation of smallholder families is also considered and can be sustainably improved through rural economic development.


Households in the least developed countries spend a large proportion of their income on their children's education. While private spending accounts for only 16 percent of education costs in high-income countries, the figure is as high as 39 percent in poorer countries. As a result, many families rely on loans to enable their children to attend school.
Source: UNESCO World Education Report 21/22

Our areas of action

Our activities are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).


No poverty

End poverty in all its forms and everywhere.


Quality education

Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

Our Commitment

Improve livelihoods  and living conditions of rural communities by promoting access to clean water and sanitation, and strengthening educational quality, health, and economic status.

Very few young people in Madagascar, especially in rural areas, succeed in entering the world of work.

The India Programme (FFVDP- Family focused village development programme) supports efforts to sustainably improve the lives of marginalised people.

Globethics is a global network of teachers and institution with the vision to embed ethics in higher education.

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