Female members of a Self Help Group in India sitting in a circle.


Hand in Hand has received funding from DFID, the EU, Sida and UN Women, among others

By the numbers

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3.16 million jobs created

Our Self-Help Group members save together, train together and go into business together

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11.76 million lives improved

Every business we help create benefits an average of five family members – young, old and everywhere in between

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85% of overall target

We’re 85% of the way to achieving our goal of 3.7 million jobs by 2021 (from Strategic Plan)

Based on Guardian datablog charity donations list (minus FACE ratios for The Gavi Fund Affiliate and International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company)

Based on Guardian datablog charity donations list (minus FACE ratios for The Gavi Fund Affiliate and International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company)

90% programme spending

90 cents of every dollar we raise is spent on programmes. On average, the UK’s 10 biggest development NGOs spend $0.80


"Hand in Hand did not only meet our expectations, they exceeded them for the job creation targets set by the Embassy of Sweden’s original partnership with Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, established in 2010. That’s why we deepened our involvement with the programme, committing another 10 million Swedish Crowns (or US $1.4 million) from Sida to Hand in Hand Eastern Africa over the next two years." Anders Rönquist | Head of Development Cooperation | Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi (Sida)
"We welcome all initiatives to empower women in Afghanistan and to develop an enabling environment for this. Hand in Hand’s programme will help Afghan women participate in public life."
Franz-Michael Mellbin | European Union Special Representative and Head of The European Union Delegation to Afghanistan (former)
"Empowering women contributes to building sustainable communities. We know that a woman’s income immensely benefits not only them but also their children’s education and other family needs. We selected Hand in Hand Southern Africa as our local partner for the Coca-Cola South Africa and UN Women partnership on the strength of their track record in empowering women entrepreneurs in the community."
Dr Sadiq Syed | Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge | UN Women South Africa

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Graham Stegmann Senior Advisor

Graham joined Hand in Hand after a career spent principally at DFID, where from 2000 to 2004 he was Director in charge of all DFID bilateral development programs and policy in Africa. He was appointed a CBE in 2006.


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Agnes Svensson Head of Programmes

Agnes heads up our programme development team. Before joining Hand in Hand she worked at the United Nations Development Programme in New York and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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