Founded over 70 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world. It works in 48 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
Plan works with more than 3,500,000 families and their communities each year.
Plan's vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity.
Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:
- enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies
- building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries
- promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.
The ‘Because I am a Girl’ report from Plan International presents new analysis of the important role girls and young women play in economic growth and the missed opportunities brought on by failing to invest in their futures. Only through investing in girls’ economic potential can the Millennium Development Goals can be met.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts contributed to the report by conducting a survey on economic empowerment ‘Money, money, money’, which WAGGGS launched for World Thinking Day 2009. It received more than 3,500 responses from groups and individuals from 24 countries.