Poverty rates in Africa are slowly improving, but even today, 75 per cent of the world’s poorest countries are located in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a third of people are undernourished and fewer than 20 per cent of women have access to education.
Our integrated approach to tackling poverty has created a wide range of projects that provide facilities and services, from basic housing, food and water, to enhancing self-sufficiency and boosting local economic prospects. We also place a strong focus on childhood education, ensuring that young people have a chance to gain basic literacy and numerical skills in decent schools and as such, we are currently working with 14 schools across the region.
African biodiversity is also under threat. The continent is in danger of losing half of its mammal and bird species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth, unregulated development and poaching. That’s why we have established wildlife conservation projects in every country, helping to support and protect more than 47,000 hectares of wilderness and provide a safe haven to some of the world’s most iconic and endangered animals.