Group 1: Sharlini, Shyamali and Zoe

Livelihood Mandate

What steps would you take to ensure better outcomes for the children in the community?

There is a need to understand and asses the impact of children on household incomes. If one of our main objectives is to ensure a better outcome for the children in the community, there is a need to alleviate the pleasure off the established child’s role in the family and community and the impact of a gender stratified society. It would therefore be important to consider a subsidy programme that replaces the proportion of household income contributed by the child/children.

Involve children in the programme formation stage- be culturally, historically, gender and class sensitive.

Recognise the lack of training- what are their wishes?
Vocational or academic qualifications?
Simple training?
Equipment to allow them to cultivate their land and make a business?
Potential community projects to include all dimensions of the community?
Earning and learning initiatives

There is a need not to cater a livelihood programme to positively discriminate against returnees. However, we must recognise the difference in experiences between non returnees and returnees. Their marginalisation must be addressed.

Key areas of development:

Timber Industry
Mineral Industry
Farming Industry
Home-based piece work
Market as a thriving sales point

Research areas:

School attendance among returnees and non returnees
School drop out statistics
Discrimination and Violence
Teenage Pregnancy

What specific approaches will you take to address the need of the various groups?

Girls- returnee 10-18
Girls- 10-18
Boys- returnee 10-18
Boys 10-18
Youth-Female- returnee 18-24
Youth-Female 18-24
Youth- Male-returnee 18-24
Youth-Male- 18-24

1. Ensure children of the entire community are safe.
2. ensure children of the entire community can access and benefit from improved healthcare
3. Ensure children, including girls, can access formal and informal education
4. Ensure children’s basic needs such as adequate and regular nutrition, recreation and safe spaces are provided.
5. Transition into adulthood counselling/preparation classes

What actors will you work with to ensure success?

The Multi-Sectoral Approach
In order to make this project a success it is essential that a multi-sectoral approach is taken. As such the government sector as well as the available private sector actors will be consulted and kept informed throughout the project’s duration.

Public sector participation- local community hospital, law-enforcement (police and civil protection unit), education authorities, government bank and department of Agriculture etc.

Private Sector- the local business community (timber, mineral and agricultural).

The programme will use the contributing actors to provide situation analysis from their respective fields.

Each Actor will be provided with documents to conduct a research using their usual target populations.

Armed with the data collected from each field the preliminary dialogue and programme formulation can commence.

How will you prove that your projects are working?

Use the following indicators as development markers.

• School enrolment/attendance/retention
• Access to health care
• Consumption patterns
• Savings rates
• Provision of child care

The ultimate goal of the livelihood development programme is to address financial issues due to marginalisation, scarcity of waged jobs (especially salaried), unemployment and weakened economies. These factors in turn have a significant impact on social infrastructure, school attendance and household income.