Back Local Change

We support local leaders with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities


YGAP's First Gens accelerator program exists to support migrants and refugees in Australia


We believe in a world where every child receives a quality education, every adult can earn a decent wage, every person can live in a safe home and everyone can access quality healthcare services.

Our Vision: A world without poverty.

Our Mission: To help local entrepreneurs improve the lives of people living in poverty.


About Us


YGAP is an International Development not-for-profit with an innovative approach to poverty alleviation.

We back impact entrepreneurs - or as we like to call them ‘local leaders’ - with solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.

Rather than imposing our perceived solutions on a foreign community, we support the local leaders who live there and have developed their own.

We believe the best solutions are entrepreneurial, so we focus on early stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.

We believe this is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling poverty because these local leaders understand the unique challenges of their communities. Our role is to help refine and scale their solutions.

We are entrepreneurs ourselves, and run social ventures and fundraising campaigns as well as partnering with corporates and philanthropists to fund our work.

We do what we do best so the locals can do what they do best.

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To date, YGAP has supported 295 local leaders who have improved the lives of 406,359 people living in poverty.


Meet Some of Our Local Leaders


NONI, African School for Excellence

Using a revolutionary classroom design, the African School for Excellence leverages technology to deliver world-class education through a network of high quality, low cost secondary schools in South African townships. Co-Founder Noni is working hard to support these highly intellectual children who would otherwise be forced to leave school and enter the workforce at an early age.

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MARIA, The Action Foundation

Maria is the founder of The Action Foundation, a volunteer-based organisation in the Kibera slums, enabling children with disabilities to lead healthy and dignified lives. The centre accommodates special needs children whose families are unable to provide for them due to lack of financial means, skills or knowledge. They offer occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nutritional and day care services. Some of the children have even received life changing corrective surgery. Under the care and supervision of Maria’s team, the children can learn to walk, talk, feed, bathe, groom and clothe themselves, allowing them to become independent, valued members of society.

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EVANS, Mamlaka Health

Dr Evans Osembo is the founder of Mamlaka Health. After losing his uncle to a complication from a preventable illness, he set about establishing a network of clinics capable of providing high quality and yet highly affordable healthcare. Evans is redefining healthcare in Kenya. The locations of his clinics are carefully chosen to ensure clinician-led centres with well-equipped laboratories, pharmacies, and imaging services are on the doorstep of communities with the greatest need.

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