SWIFT Business Forum East Africa 2017 - CSR
SWIFT works with and for financial communities across the globe. We know this is a privilege as well as a responsibility, and we are committed to making a positive impact wherever we can.
We integrate social, environmental, ethical, and human rights concerns into our operational strategy. Education, diversity, sustainability, community outreach — these issues are important to us, and as such are embedded in our company mind-set.
For the Business Forum East Africa, we are happy to provide financial support to SOS Children’s Villages in Dar es Salaam. The family strengthening programme is a key element of their work. The SOS social centre focuses on ensuring that children have access to basic educational, nutritional and health services and provides guidance to parents on income-generating activities and parenting skills. They also work closely with local authorities and community leaders in order to strengthen the support networks available to vulnerable children and their families. Around 600 children and their adult caregivers benefit from the social centre.
For children from the region who are no longer able to live with their parents, 13 SOS families provide a loving home for up to 130 children. In each family, the children live with their brothers and sisters, cared for by their SOS mother. The children attend the SOS Kindergarten together with children from the neighbourhood, which ensures that they are integrated into the local community from a young age.
SWIFT’s donation will be dedicated to supporting children through education, including access to schools, school material, after-school support and psycho-social support.
SWIFT has been sponsoring charities while organising events in the region since 2007, with a special focus on education and under-privileged children. It has a long lasting partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, and has supported villages in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Nigeria and Mauritius, the Philippines, Taiwan, India, China and Mexico. Together we work to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children.
Education is at the heart of our CSR programme. We have a global partnership with Teach for All, which aims to promote equality in education through the development of transformational leadership programmes. SWIFT also supports education through the Nairobits Trust in Kenya, training less privileged young people in web design, IT and creative multimedia, helping them to enhance their employment and entrepreneurship opportunities; WAPA International, which raises funds to support local organisations helping to reintegrate child victims of war; and the Digital Leadership Institute, which promotes greater participation of girls and women in strategic, innovative ESTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) sectors.
In addition, SWIFT supports micro-finance and financial inclusion initiatives in emerging countries since they are close to our business. We sponsor the Phakamani Foundation in South Africa and the Mann Deshi Foundation in India with grants. SWIFT also partners with Fundación Capital, to finance the development and launch of tablet-based financial education apps aimed to support young people and women in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Tanzania.