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

In West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali) and Indonesia, the Anton Jurgens Fonds (AJF) focuses on the creation of income for families in rural areas, within the context of Food Security. Applications for foreign initiatives must be in keeping with one or more of the three pillars of Food Security as formulated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (Availability of Food, Access to Food, Utilization of Food).

Communbity Building and Value Increase
AJF believes in the value of community building (women’s groups, associations, cooperatives, unions) and in chain integration, in which the farmer participates as much as possible in the creation of value, accrued in all stages of the agricultural chain, from production to consumption. 

Partner Organisations
AJF wants to cooperate with organisations in Europe, which have a partner organisation in the country where the initiative takes place (focus country). Communication between both organisations must be optimal, they must both add value to the project to be supported and they must be willing to discuss their approach with AJF and – if required – implement adjustments. In the assessment of applications, a great deal of attention is devoted to governance, skills, experience, knowledge of the work area, ethnic embedding, relations with administrative and traditional authorities, capacities for narrative and numerical reporting, safeguarding of continuity, etc. 

Entrepreneurship and Bottom-up Approach
AJF greatly values the presence of a healthy dose of entrepreneurship and care for self-reliance and sustainability with its partners. AJF is also convinced of the urgency of a bottom-up approach: applications must be supported by the beneficiaries and must be feasible in a sustainable manner. 

Geographical focus
Every area has its own specific issues (climate, cultural, economic). In order to achieve synergy and sustainability, an in-depth understanding of the work field is vital. It takes time and energy to build up know-how and cooperative relationships. But once you really know the context, you can achieve better results by strengthening what is already there. Within the work field of Food Security, AJF has made a choice to confine its efforts to initiatives in Burkina Faso, Benin, Mali and Indonesia. In these countries, AJF works in regions where know-how can be shared between several partners. 

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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