The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the framework for Hand in Hand’s programmes, and how we define their success.

Our target around household income – to raise it among members by an average of 30 percent – aligns with SDG 1, “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. Our target around food security – to permanently eliminate it among our members – aligns with SDG 2, “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. And our targets around women’s empowerment – improved household decision-making for 80 percent of our female members and enhanced community participation for 30 percent – align with SDG 5, “Ensure gender equality and empower all women and girls”.


A member of Hand in Hand’s IKEA Foundation project in Embu County, Kenya.

Hand in Hand’s biggest environment-focused programme is made possible by the generosity one of our biggest corporate partnerships.

In April 2016, Hand in Hand teamed up with the IKEA Foundation to help thousands of women and young people in rural Kenya work towards a brighter, more environmentally friendly future. The four-year project aims to help 43,200 impoverished women and young people thrive as eco-entrepreneurs, adopting farming techniques such as crop diversification that can stand up to climate change, or launching other green businesses such as beekeeping or waste recycling. As Kenya’s worst drought in years continues to ravage parts of the country, rendering some 2.7 million people food insecure, the programme is more urgent than ever, and picking up pace.

Read more about the project here. For an update from our most recent Annual Report, click here.

And to learn more about our work creating green jobs, click here.

Sustainable jobs

Think of sustainability and what comes to mind: the environment, climate change?

Hand in Hand’s definition of “sustainability” certainly includes environmental issues, but it also goes a little further. For us, sustainability also means durable livelihoods – jobs that long outlast our training and support.

To find out how we build jobs to last, click here.

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How can we help?

We’re always eager to discuss your fundraising ideas – and to share ours. To find out more about how we can help you achieve your CSR objectives, please get in touch with your dedicated account manager today.

Partnerships Officer

Dan Browne

Dan leads on relationships with private sector organisations, helping them to meet their corporate and social responsibility objectives. He became interested in international development after working at a primary school in Arusha, Tanzania.
Tel: +44 (0)7964 344476