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We have launched a COVID-19 Tracker, The survey themes include health and risk behaviours, food security, income, work and job security, personal safety concerns, and access to government and community support.

Women constitute the majority of the poor in the SADC region. Reasons for this include high illiteracy rates, restrictive and discriminatory laws, and limited access to, and control over financial services and productive resources. The youth also experience a disproportionate burden of poverty, caused largely by high unemployment rates. This will be exacerbated in the future as many young SADC citizens reach working age.

Gender equality is fundamental to achieving economic growth and poverty reduction. FMT is committed to accelerating efforts towards the gender equality and empowerment of women. This involves mainstreaming gender in our organisational culture and the incorporation of the perspectives and experiences of both men and women in planning, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes. In this way we can ensure that gender imbalances are redressed, and equal opportunities exist for both men and women.

To support the youth agenda at organisational and programmatic level we proactively include the youth as a key segment which our projects support. This is closely linked to our MSME and innovation work – which aims to support the development of an ecosystem that can support young entrepreneurs and emerging talent in the region.

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