Aflatoun: International Scaling of Social and Financial Education through a Global Franchise

Case Study in brief: This case study explores how Aflatoun International, a global network of more than 180 partner organizations in 116 countries, empowers children both socially and financially to become agents of change in their own lives and for a more equitable world.

Development challenge: Limited opportunity to develop financial management skills among children

Delivery challenges: Stakeholder engagement, adapting to local context, and use of evaluation data

Lessons learned: 1) A key factor to Aflatoun’s success—163 nongovernmental organization partners with 62 different versions of the program in 116 countries—has been fidelity to core concepts combined with flexibility in implementation. 2) Aflatoun piloted at scale (in 10 countries), despite advice to start slowly and roll out in India first. The organization started in some of the most difficult contexts, which allowed Aflatoun to make mistakes and to course-correct, demonstrating that it was possible to scale the program anywhere. 3) Aflatoun’s strategic engagement with national governments as partners has been key to its successful integration of social and financial education into 28 national curricula. Its key partnerships with central banks and other like-minded organizations such as UNICEF have also been critical to the organization’s ability to draw attention to children’s social and economic rights and empowerment in ways that if it had worked solely with ministries of education would not have been possible.

Please click on the following link for the full case study: https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/FINAL-Aflatoun-Case-Study.pdf