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Futuremakers by Standard Chartered

Futuremakers is our global youth economic empowerment initiative, tackling inequality and promoting greater economic inclusion.

Between 2024 and 2030 we’re committing USD 120 million to help create and sustain 140,000 jobs. We’ll do this by enabling disadvantaged young entrepreneurs and job-seekers, predominantly women, to learn, earn and grow to improve their economic skills and prospects.


Between 2019 and the end of 2023, Futuremakers reached over 2.1 million young people, 68 per cent women and girls, with education, employability skills and entrepreneur training and support.

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Nearly 517,000 of these young people participated in intensive Futuremakers activities, and of those:

  • 72,000+ adolescent girls were supported to continue in secondary education
  • 40,000+ girls and young women showed increased confidence and self-esteem
  • 39,000+ young people secured employment
  • 46,000+ young people improved their business related knowledge and skills
  • More than 12,000 jobs were created by micro-entrepreneurs who were supported by Futuremakers activities

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About Futuremakers by Standard Chartered

Our history across our unique geographical footprint means we have people, skills and connection with employers in markets where one of the biggest economic challenges is growing youth unemployment. Globally, 282 million young people are not in employment, education or training, of whom over 60 per cent are in our markets, the majority (68 per cent) female.

Our financial commitment

From 2024 – 2030 we’ve committed to a fundraising and donation target of USD120 million to create and sustain 140,000 jobs, by empowering young people to learn, earn and grow. Funds raised go to the Standard Chartered Foundation, NGOs and charity partners to deliver Futuremakers projects.