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People Have Sustainable Livelihoods

Why this goal?

Many of the local populations in GOAL's programmes make their living from the informal economy, with high numbers of young people unable to access employment, education and training. This leads to increased levels of
poverty and inequality and leaves communities vulnerable and exposed to shocks.

Promoting market skills and financial inclusion

In the informal sector, livelihoods are typically secured through
self-employment, micro or small businesses, rather than through salaried jobs. Recognising this, and focusing particularly on women and young people, GOAL is working to support the development of sustainable and
resilient livelihoods.

Systems-based thinking allows GOAL to design interventions that focus on the capabilities, assets and activities that people need to create and maintain a living. The development of market-based skills and the promotion of financial inclusion are vital to this work.

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How will GOAL achieve this?

GOAL is working to help micro, small and medium enterprises increase their capacity to provide appropriate goods, services and employment. As part of this, we are committed to:

  • Increasing access to skills required in the labour market, especially for youth and women.
  • Increasing access to productive employment and reduce exclusions, especially for youth and women.
  • Working with small and medium enterprises to provide essential goods, services, self-employment and employment.
  • Building local technical and business skills.
  • Increasing access to key financial services, including investment opportunities.
  • Priority countries for Livelihoods programmes in 2019-2021 include Ethiopia, Iraq, Malawi and Uganda.

Stories: Sustainable Livelihoods in action

People Have Sustainable Livelihoods

Goal Strategy 2019-2021 English Cover Picture

Focusing on women and youth.

Livelihoods are typically secured through self-employment, micro or small businesses, rather than through waged employment.

Recognising this, and focusing particularly on women and young people, GOAL will promote the development of sustainable and resilient livelihoods through its work.

GOAL’s systems thinking allows it to design interventions that foster the development of resilient livelihoods by focussing on the capabilities, assets and activities that people require to create and maintain a living. The development of market-based skills and the promotion of financial inclusion are vital parts of this work.