Creating sustainable improvements in urban and rural living standards in the developing world.
Our enviable achievements in the design and delivery of large-scale livelihoods programmes throughout Asia, Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa, are built on multi-disciplinary approaches and expertise.
Resilient livelihoods require the sustained capability to deal with continuous stresses or increasing pressures, such as those caused by resource degradation or climate change. They also require similar capability to respond to intense and sudden shocks, such as those generated by natural disasters or displacements of large numbers of people.
For livelihood opportunities to be inclusive, they must exist for all sectors of society including people with disabilities, women and girls, youth, such that they do no harm and leave no one behind. Gender mainstreaming forms a consistent feature of our approach.
We achieve results in collaborative partnerships with a range of providers including consultancies, international and national Non-Governmental Organizations, universities and think tanks. Our ability to forge strong relationships with clients and stakeholders allows us to build trust, avoid conflicts of interest, foster the support of those not directly involved in the decision making process and ease the way for successful implementation. Evidence of client satisfaction is given in testimonials, excellent annual reviews and a high proportion of repeat business. Our clients trust us to deliver, and the success of our major projects often provides the impetus for the crowding in of other funders.
However rigorous and sophisticated our analysis, we never lose sight of the fact that our work is about eradicating poverty and increasing the wellbeing of the world’s poor.
We have a highly skilled team focused on developing effective poverty reduction programmes. Because poor households are diverse in their characteristics and their needs, our work must address many areas of expertise: from food security and social protection to income-generating activities and basic skills training; from knowledge sharing to access to financial and basic services. We are at the forefront of the successful application of methodologies including productive asset transfer which result in sustainable graduation from extreme poverty. Our capabilities include:
We promote social protection and inclusion interventions to reduce the gap between rich and poor, and to achieve long-term, sustainable changes in the livelihoods and the wellbeing of poor groups. Social protection, sustainable livelihoods and food security are interlinked. By tackling them in a holistic way, we can develop coherent packages of interventions that enable individuals, households and communities to better manage risks, vulnerability to crises, and chronic poverty. Our capabilities include:
Our agriculture growth and food security services draw on decades of experience in delivering effective long-term development solutions whether the economy is agriculture-based, transforming or urbanized. We address the inequalities worsened by food dumping through our work on trade agreements and private sector development. In the agriculture sector we have an exemplary track record in agri-business development, farm and non-farm diversification, and agriculture policy & planning. We also provide value chain analysis to underpin crop selection and agro-processing opportunities, and access to finance and business support services. Our capabilities include:
Throughout our work we address climate change by improving climate resilience among vulnerable groups and by strengthening sustainable natural resource management. Increasingly we promote private sector innovation to meet the challenges of low carbon growth, and support governments in developing targeted policy to address the causes and effects of climate change. Creating solutions to climate challenges in our projects has led to economic development, job creation and industrial competitiveness. Our capabilities include: