EBRD and UNICEF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that pledges to increase access to skills, employment and basic services for women, children and young people


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EBRD partnership with UNICEF increases opportunities for women

EBRD partnership with UNICEF increases opportunities for women

EBRD has formed a new partnership with UNICEF to help create opportunities for women, children and young people in the Bank's regions of operation.

"Partnerships are key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring young men and women, boys and girls access services and opportunities is a shared priority for UNICEF and the EBRD, which I am proud to see uniting today for enhanced social and inclusion impact," says Elias Habbar-Baylac, EBRD Gender and Economic Inclusion Adviser. 

A pledge to increase opportunities for women and children

The EBRD partnership pledges to increase access to skills, employment and basic services, particularly regarding school-to-work transition and connecting secondary education and training to employment and entrepreneurship. The EBRD and UNICEF want to use EBRD’s sustainable infrastructure investments to increase access to services, such as water, wastewater, sanitation, solid waste and transport.

The work will focus particularly on providing equal opportunities for marginalised groups, such as refugees, migrants, people with disabilities, and those who experience discrimination because of gender identity and sexual orientation.

This pledge was made through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

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The beginning of a new, transformative partnership

The EBRD and UNICEF plan to start work in countries in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus region, with the view of extending it into other regions.

“Creating a favourable environment for women and young people is of great importance. The EBRD is committed to enhancing economic integration of these groups through investment and support for policy reform," says EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti. 

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore adds: “Today marks the beginning of a new, transformative partnership for children. Effective public-private alliances will enable innovative solutions to fast-track progress towards the Global Goals.”

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