Our core approach is based on the following guiding principles:

Inclusiveness: EF amplifies the voices of marginalized groups, particularly women, youth, minority populations, and the economically disenfranchised. EF’s programs reach individuals and groups that reside beyond major cities and hubs and lack access to training opportunities, resources, and networks. 

Collaboration: EF is committed to building genuine and long-lasting partnerships based on trust and mutual respect. We brainstorm, design, and implement initiatives jointly with our partners on the ground and consistently seek to improve the quality of our work by listening to stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries.

Adaptation: EF adapts its programs to the distinct contexts in which they operate. From addressing barriers to women’s workplace entry to creating platforms for youth participation, we examine individual experiences and use our in-country networks and partners to channel resources that are relevant and useful in the daily lives of our beneficiaries.

Practicality: EF supports the creation of local solutions by building leadership and subject matter expertise within communities. From entrepreneurship to women’s empowerment, EF’s training programs emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, reinforced with practical applications that help participants apply new skills in real-life settings.