Commitment to Action

Western Union's Our World, Our Family Program

Commitment by

Western Union Foundation

In 2008, Western Union Foundation committed to initiate the Western Union's Our World, Our Family program, a five-year, $50 million initiative designed to equip migrants and the communities they leave behind with the skills, knowledge, and resources essential to alleviating poverty. Worldwide, there are an estimated 500 million migrants working outside of their home countries, who sent home an estimated $369 billion in remittances in 2007. Western Union and its partners seek to leverage the talents, experience, and resources of migrants and other stakeholders to build capacity and extend access to capital and financial services to communities outside the financial mainstream. Since its inception, this program has achieved key milestones including developing a global partnership with Mercy Corps, launching an employee volunteerism program, introducing Western Union Global Giving Circles to support educational initiatives in India, and collaborating with the Economic Intelligence Unit to develop research and convene leading experts around the issue of migration.

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Commitment

Western Union's Our World, Our Family Program

Launched

2008

Est. Duration

4 Years

Estimated Total Value

$50,000,000

Region

Asia

Countries

Global

Commitment by

Western Union Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Mercy Corps, The Western Union Company