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We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

March 7, 2019
The IKEA Foundation and our partners are helping young women in poor communities grow their ambitions and learn the skills they need to find a job. As we head towards International Women’s Day (8 March 2019), we’ll be sharing the ambitions and achievements of young women living in some of the world’s poorest communities. We... Read more
February 25, 2019
The IKEA Foundation is establishing a €33 million endowment in memory of our founder, Ingvar Kamprad, for Lund University to develop the next generation of industrial-design professionals. By reaching beyond the traditional scope of industrial design to put people first, the Lund University School of Industrial Design has educated hundreds of industrial designers whose innovations... Read more
February 15, 2019
The IKEA Foundation and Going To School are partnering to help young people in Bihar learn the skills they need to find a job. Read more
February 13, 2019
IKEA Foundation awards Practical Action a €6.4 million grant to help smallholder farmers in Kenya The IKEA Foundation is happy to award Practical Action a grant of €6.4 million. It will be used to help young people in Kisumu and Homa Bay in Kenya to earn a decent income through sustainable farming and agricultural businesses.... Read more
January 16, 2019
Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break... Read more
December 3, 2018
Today, as world leaders gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate summit (COP24), the IKEA Foundation is forging new partnerships to fight climate change. The summit gets underway in the wake of one of the starkest climate warnings so far. In a report published in September 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists said our... Read more
November 20, 2018
As the Let’s Play for Change campaign enters its third year, we are extremely proud of how our partners’ programmes are changing the lives of the many children around the world. So far, our partners have created thousands of new safe spaces to play, helping over 250,000 children enjoy their right to play in a... Read more
October 17, 2018
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has connected a new extension to the solar plant at Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp, with funding from the IKEA Foundation. The project has been funded by IKEA’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, which raised €30.8 million for UNHCR to provide light and renewable energy for refugee families living in camps... Read more
October 3, 2018
Dr Evan Atar Adaha, an inspirational doctor from South Sudan, has won the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award. IKEA Foundation and IKEA co-workers were among the special guests at the award ceremony on 1 October and witnessed Dr Atar receive the honour. The event was hosted by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and... Read more
September 27, 2018
Today, we are proud to announce our support for a new global partnership at the One Planet Summit in New York to help countries in South East Asia speed up their transition to renewable energy. We’re partnering with Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the... Read more
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