Poverty is a global challenge. It has so many enduring effects on people, their communities and their countries.

CYFI sees that the key to fighting poverty is for people to learn how to manage and handle money, and have the confidence, knowledge and capabilities to spend and earn it responsibly. This must start from childhood.

So CYFI has partnered with thousands of organizations in over 170 countries around the world - including banks, governments, NGOs, schools, and many more! Together, we work to create policies and programs that enable children and youth to learn about money, have access to a bank account, develop entrepreneurial skills and, most importantly, to believe in themselves.

Read about CYFI's 2016-2020 Strategy.

CYFI Achievements

  • CYFI is ranked #32 in Top 500 NGOs World 2018 by NGO Advisor
  • To date, the Child and Youth Finance Movement has reached over 32 million children and youth worldwide
  • Young people included in 2015 G20 priorities for Financial Inclusion (CYFI became an Affiliated Member to the GPFI, the inclusive platform for all G20 countries)
  • The number of participating countries for Global Money Week (GMW) Campaign has grown since the initiative launched:
      2018 – 151 countries
      2017 – 137 countries
      2016 – 132 countries
      2015 – 124 countries
      2014 – 118 countries
      2013 – 80 countries
      2012 – 21 countries
  • Global Money Week 2018 reached over 7 million children and youth through 199,000 activities in 151 countries and overseas territories 
  • Jeroo Billimoria received a Royal Honor from the King of the Netherlands on 26 April 2018 by being appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. The Order of Orange-Nassau (Orde van Oranje-Nassau) is a special high-ranking Dutch civilian order of chivalry awarded to persons who have committed outstanding service to society. As an Officer of the Order, Jeroo is now ranked among renowned Dutch politicians, artists and scientists. Read more here
  • In 2016, Jeroo Billimoria shortlisted as one of the 3 nominees in the Chief Executive of the Year category at the Association Award
  • In 2015, Jeroo Billimoria ranked #3 in the charity and non-profit category of Opzij's Top 100 Influential Women 2015, The Netherlands and listed as #4 in the 2015 edition of “De Dikke Blauwe Top 100” Philanthropy Year Guide
  • CYFI’s 2014 High-Level Stakeholder’s Meeting, “A Chance for Change: Child & Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda”, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York
  • Invited by NASDAQ for the Opening Bell, to mark the launch of Global Money Weeks 2012 and 2013
  • Semi-finalist of 2012 Mexico G20 Financial Inclusion Challenge: Innovative Solutions for Unlocking Access in the G20 competition (CYFI’s Schoolbank among the top 12 of 257 entries, from 62 countries)
  • In 2012, Jeroo Billimoria was awarded by the Union of Arab Banks for the achievements of the Child and Youth Finance Movement. Among the other awardees was Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde
  • Jeroo Billimoria was listed in ‘Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs 2012’ by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship