Focus on Labour Participation

The Netherlands

The Anton Jurgens Fonds is devoted to giving vulnerable people a chance to develop themselves both socially and economically in an enterprising fashion. Towards this end, the AJF supports innovative initiatives that offer people the opportunity to participate (again) in society through a work environment. Taking part in the job market helps people to take a step in the right direction on the road to independent living. And not only in financial terms – participation in the job market also encourages a person to be motivated, involved and to adopt a positive attitude to life.

Our focus also lies on people that are full of potential, yet who live in an environment lacking opportunities. People who have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to a job, but that possess insufficient skills, work experience and training to find a job on their own. Initiatives that fall within our sphere of focus can be aimed at enabling these people to participate in practical forms of work with supervision and support. But sometimes what they really need is concrete preparation for a work situation – such as through practical training and socialisation – which regular education does not provide.

The AJF aspires to be a partner in project initiatives, whose objective is to produce social benefits for the long term. The AJF prefers to focus on business models that – apart from producing social benefits – have the potential to cover at least 50% of the operating costs from commercial income. In this way we promote the independence of financial backers, instead of keeping them tied down.

The broad spectrum of investment opportunities for the AJF supports social entrepreneurs in their growth towards achieving a status from which they can regularly attract credit or capital in order to finance further growth. The AJF also offers non-financial support in the form of knowledge, a network and experience.

The Anton Jurgens Fonds is a founding partner of Social Enterprise NL.

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Focus on Food Security

West Africa and Indonesia

Food is a crucial element in each individual’s ability to grow, develop and mature. From a conscious awareness of its ‘roots’, the Anton Jurgens Fonds has chosen Food Security as its international thematic focus. We work from the view that, by obtaining nutritious food on a regular basis, people can lead a healthy and active life and can create the basic necessary conditions for their physical, mental and economic development.

AJF defines the theme of Food Security based on 3 essentials: (source: FAO en WHO)

  • the presence of food – e.g. by supporting producers in order to increase production in a sustainable manner and by improving the links to the local, regional or (inter)national market;
  • access to food – e.g. the sale of agricultural products gives farmers the means to buy other foodstuffs;
  • use of food – e.g. providing information on a healthy and varied diet, food preparation and home hygiene. 

Some sub themes have clear common ground with the theme of Food Security. So we also support project initiatives that create impact in the areas of:

  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • education and applied research
  • water and sanitation

Focus on Impact

The Anton Jurgens Fonds defines ‘social impact’ as follows:

Sustainable, positive social development that in the (semi-)long term contributes measurably to capacity, food security, personal development and autonomy.

Together with its partners, AJF is continually seeking to strike a healthy balance between (impact) objectives, output and reality. We view the business of monitoring results, achieving impact and making clear reports on these endeavours as a shared challenge and responsibility.

 

Many social challenges require a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach and commitment for the (medium) long term. In order to make the road to sustainable impact clear and apparent in the meantime, AJF uses predefined output and outcome indicators. They are identified for all portfolio-initiatives and form the ‘milestones’, as it were, of long-term impact:

  • total number of beneficiaries of the project initiative
  • total number of people assisted with training / education
  • total number of people assisted with generating income

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Geographic Focus 

The Anton Jurgens Fonds only supports initiatives in our countries of focus: the Netherlands, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and Indonesia.

 

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