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Citi Foundation & the IRC

Rescuing Futures

In cities around the world, we enable young people who have fled crisis to get back on their feet by supporting them to build their own business.

Rebuilding lives and livelihoods         

There are 70.8 million refugees and internally displaced people globally – the highest on record. Not only are millions displaced, they’re displaced for longer periods of time, and the majority live in cities rather than camps. In this new humanitarian landscape, earning a reliable income is critical, not only for refugees and vulnerable young people to survive, but to rebuild their futures and contribute to the communities and local economies around them.  

There are also more young people in the world now than ever before – 1.2 billion – and they face huge challenges with employment. 

That’s why the IRC and the Citi Foundation teamed up in 2017 through our Rescuing Futures partnership to back nearly 1,000 young people with business training and start-up grants across Athens in Greece, Amman in Jordan and Yola in northeast Nigeria. We're highlighting some of their incredible stories through our Back My Business campaign.

Meet the entrepeneurs

Building the workforce of tomorrow

Around the world, there are millions of refugees and vulnerable young people just like them. In 2019, we announced an expanded partnership to bring Rescuing Futures to 1,300 more young businesspeople in Nigeria, Greece, Jordan and now Germany, Lebanon and Cameroon. Rescuing Futures is part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progresscommitment to support young people around world build economic resilience through training and mentorship.

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young people have participated in Rescuing Futures since 2017

The programme impacts not only the young people themselves - but their families too.

Read Musa's story
1300+

more young people will receive training and mentorship in 2019-2021

In addition to business training, the programme is also engaging city and community leaders to build bridges to the local labour market.

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cities are now taking part in Jordan, Greece, Nigeria, Lebanon, Cameroon and Germany

The majority of refugees are now living in cities, rather than camps, where earning a reliable income is critical.

Read Fariba's story

Through the Rescuing Futures programme with the IRC, we are empowering young adult refugees today and helping create greater economic prosperity tomorrow, not just for the individual, but their families and the community at large.

Rachael BarberHead of Community Development, EMEA, Citi