The Livelihoods Improvement for Women and Youth (LI-WAY) project, funded by Sida, aims to create employment for women and young people in Addis Ababa. In the coming five years (2017 - 2021), SNV, together with Save the Children, MercyCorps and Technoserve, aims to improve the lives of at least 200,000 people, with a special focus on young people and women, by increasing their income and economic opportunities.
Building on the experiences and competencies of the participating organisations, the project aims to develop selected local markets, empower young people and women, and create private sector engagement.
As a first step, we will profile young people and women living in Addis Ababa to better understand their economic, social and environmental circumstances. Second, the project will identify and prioritise sectors that have a high potential for inclusion of women and young people as employees, input and service providers and business operators. The selected sectors will include manufacturing and services (e.g. hospitality). Third, LI-WAY will implement an in-depth analysis of the local economy and the processes that prevent the inclusion of young people and women in the selected sectors. The analysis will seek to identify barriers that are faced by companies in the selected economic sectors from including the target groups as employees, input and service providers or entrepreneurs. The outcomes will enable LI-WAY to implement tailored market-based interventions to strengthen the selected economic sectors and benefit at least 200,000 people in Addis Ababa, with a particular focus on women and youth.
Using market-based solutions, on both demand and supply side, and engaging private sector actors are central to the LI-WAY project. Identifying and working with key companies and using market-based approaches will maximise the sustainability of our interventions and ensure their impact after the project has ended.