The Economic Development program at HDF is crucial for the underprivileged people with an income which puts them below the national poverty threshold. Our program enables these individuals to develop and improve their technical skills through vocational trainings arranged locally within program areas as well as through public and private sector institutions which also award recognized certificates and diplomas. Capacities of the communities are enhanced for developing small businesses and enterprises through interest-free microcredit services and joint ventures among others.

We provide education and training to farmers to help them increase their productivity through use of research, up-to-date technology and best methods in agriculture and livestock, including tunnel farming, integrated pest management, and kitchen gardening. At HDF, we lay special importance on empowering women to play a greater role in contributing to their households and community through economic activities.

HDF has aligned itself with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that countries have adopted to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The following SDGs are aligned with this program:

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development