In BØRNEfonden’s five programme countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, Mali and Cape Verde) our work comprises three phases that follow the children’s development and needs from birth to young adulthood. The phases consist of integrated activities, covering four thematic areas: education, health, children & development and income generation. Each phase has a different focus, which is determined by the age and needs of the children. The three phases are: Early childhood, Childhood and Youth.

Read more about each phase:

Phase 1: Early childhood

Phase 2: Childhood

Phase 3: Youth


What we do


Education: Addressing the lack of training possibilities in the rural and rural areas, by offering alternative education facilities. BØRNEfonden has financed the construction of buildings and provision of the main hardware for the vocational schools. Since 2007, the schools have provided training in different technical disciplines which are aligned with the local market demand. 

Female genital mutilation: A common practice affecting over 85 pct. of women between 15 and 49 years. The project aims to increase the capacity of health personnel, community group members and leaders to manage and address health related problems related to female genital mutilation. 



While working in Mali, BØRNEfonden has achieved the following, and much more:  



  • When BØRNEfonden started working in Mali in 1989, 71 pct. of the children attended the first year of primary school. Now 99 pct. attend the first year. 
  • In 2012, 77,000 children received school materials through BØRNEfonden. 
  • 162 health workers, 75 leaders of female associations and 30 young leaders were trained in 2009-2010. 
  • Increased synergy between community and health agents in the fight against female genital mutilation and the treatment of complications. 
  • BØRNEfonden sponsors nearly 14,000 children in Mali. 



About BØRNEfonden 


BØRNEfonden is an independent development organisation funded by private sponsorships and business partnerships. Together, we assist more than 67.000 children and youth in creating their own future in Togo, Mali, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso and Benin. BØRNEfonden was founded in 1972 and have since grown to become Denmark’s largest development organization measured in private funds. 


• BØRNEfonden has an annual turnover of more than $35,5 million (USD) 

• We are focused on long-term development work and social sustainability through local partnerships and cooperation 

• We work in four key intervention areas: Education, children’s health, income generating activities and children and development.

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Two examples of projects

The project WaMiSo- WASH in Health Centres, implemented in partnership with UNICEF and with support from the EU, works to improve the access to water and sanitation in health centers all the way out to community health centres in rural areas. The project is implemented in close collaboration with the local health staff and boards being responsible for the status of the health system on local level. The project includes awareness raising in rural communities about the importance of clean water, improved sanitation and hygiene.




The project Hope for Rural Youth, supported by Danmarks Indsamling, promotes the inclusion of youth and adolescents in the social and economic life. The project is equipping over 2,300 rural young persons equipped for their employability in self-employment or as micro-entrepreneurs through vocational training, entrepreneurial training or support with business plans and access to microcredits. The project provides 6500 adolescents and young people with “life skills” and knowledge about their rights as citizens, the importance of self-organization, entrepreneurship, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights enabling them to get involved as responsible citizens in their communities.



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