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Accelerate Prosperity enables young entrepreneurs in emerging regions of Central and South Asia

22 February 2021

Accelerate Prosperity (AP), a global initiative of the AKDN in Central and South Asia, focuses on women and youth (age 16 to 30) in rural towns and peri-urban settings, where economic opportunities often remain insufficient. The initiative also targets entrepreneurs with low-income earnings, refugees and migrants, the unemployed and those who have not completed primary or secondary education. AP services reinforce the Network’s wider efforts to address constraints to business growth in rural settings – for example, investments in energy, telecoms and infrastructure – and work on upgrading promising agricultural and non-agricultural value chains as well as employable and soft skills. The initiative has reached over 12,200 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs – of which 43% youth.