Plan UK

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Plan UK
Industry NGO
Founded 1937, Spain
Headquarters Surrey and London, United Kingdom
Key people
Marie Staunton

Plan International UK is the UK branch of the global children’s charity Plan International, which works to achieve sustainable development in 50 countries across Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is a registered charity in the UK (number 276035)[1] and has no religious or political affiliations. Plan UK works across a range of sectors, including education, health, child protection and participation, economic security and water and sanitation.[2] The organisation’s current focus is the promotion of the rights of adolescent girls[3] and disaster response and preparedness. Tanya Barron became Chief Executive of Plan UK in January 2013 having been International Director at Leonard Cheshire Disability from 2004-2012. She holds various trusteeships and is currently a Board Member of the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Disability and Development. In 2003 Tanya was given the European Woman of Achievement (Humanitarian) award.

Merger with Interact Worldwide[edit]

In 2013, Plan UK fully merged with the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) charity Interact Worldwide (formerly known as Population Concern) - a UK-based NGO which works with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The two organisations had entered a part-merger in 2009. Interact's projects relating to maternal health, family planning, HIV & AIDS, as well as other sexual and reproductive issues have been integrated into Plan UK's work.

Notable persons affiliated with Plan UK[edit]

Nazma Kabir, Director of Programmes, 2016

Celebrities who support Plan UK’s work include best-selling author of ‘Brick LaneMonica Ali,[4] soul and R&B singer Beverley Knight[5] and England cricketer Owais Shah. Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt is a Plan UK Because I am a Girl ambassador.


A minimum of 80p in every pound donated to Plan UK is spent on the organisation’s development projects in the countries it operates in. The remainder is spent on fundraising activities and maintaining an international network of support staff.[6]

In 2010, 84p of every pound was spent on development work and 16p on fundraising and administration.[7]

In 2006, Plan UK was awarded first place in the Charities Aid Foundation’s Online Accounts Awards for high quality financial reporting.[8] The awards were presented to charities “whose reports and accounts represent excellence relative to their size.”[9]


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