Large proportions of the populations living in COCD target areas are living in poor conditions. Key contributors to this include lack of access to capital and agricultural resources, fertile land, climate change vulnerability, lack of employment opportunities, limited vocational and income generation ability, lack of a social protection system, and wealth generation opportunities being concentrated in urban areas. The impacts of poverty for children are many. Poverty and its causes have resulted in a number of consequences for children and their families in COCD target areas including: poor health and levels of education; malnourishment; higher vulnerability to exploitation and abuse; lower levels of participation in civic activities; greater levels of migration and lower levels of social cohesion.
The Economic Empowerment strategic goal addresses the following Convention on the Rights of the Child articles that are related to Life and Health.

Objective Main Activities
Increase the number of young people and families who have access to capital and other resources to run businesses and make money – Upgrade the self-help savings groups to make loans more accessible

– Expand the livestock banks e.g. cow bank following a review to ensure the viability of the program as an income source for COCD.

–  Increase opportunities for young people and families to access vital resources e.g. farming equipment, expert technical advice

–  Plan and facilitate economic empowerment activities that consider industry labour market / workforce gaps and benefit from business opportunities

Increase vocational skills, income generation knowledge and support to young people and families – Increase and further develop training for young people and families in partnership with technical experts, relevant training providers and businesses

– Develop effective partnerships amongst self-help groups, technical experts, relevant training providers and businesses to share expertise

– Create job placement opportunities for young people in partnership with the private sector, self-employment

 

– Develop a master farmers initiative to develop expertise, diverse crop and other food sources planning and cooperation amongst local farmers including the notion of agricultural co-operatives and the identification of markets and challenges in marketing

Improve sanitation and access to water so that villagers can work productively –  Strengthen the capacity of key health services and other stakeholders to improve access to appropriate water and sanitation sources/services, health services and health information.

– Cooperate with health services /other relevant providers and support their role in leading the implementation of health-related interventions.

-Initiate projects that address unmet primary health related needs such as water and sanitation, nutrition, in circumstances of greatest need and where there is a source of water uncontaminated by lime or iron.

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