A global partnership designed to encourage young accountants to volunteer their skills to help tackle poverty has been announced by ACCA, the world’s largest professional international accountancy body, and ActionAid.
The skills2share initiative has been developed to benefit communities in which ACCA members and students live and work, by giving them the opportunity to use the skills they have gained in their business studies for their wider community.
Skills2share aims to help communities ensure that they are receiving aid and then using it properly, or assist local farming communities to negotiate better deals on crops they sell. Skills2share volunteers will also be encouraged to support education initiatives and empower communities on financial issues.
The partners hope that the scheme will encourage donors to give to ActionAid in the knowledge that a qualified accountant who understands the needs of the local community will be volunteering their services to a reputable aid provider. For communities who receive the aid, they will have free expert advice on hand about the best way to use those resources, and our students and members will be able to gain valuable hands-on experience.
ACCA students and members will also be encouraged to share their skills with local schools and community projects – to expain budgeting, taxation, banking and investment.