People from at-risk groups face barriers to participation in the economic sector, which puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving livelihood resilience, safeguarding their economic assets and diversifying their income portfolios.
To support equal participation in income generating activities, start with the assumption that people from at-risk groups can engage in the same types of income generating activities as others in the community:
- Analyse and address barriers to market access/market linkages for different at-risk groups.
- Analyse and address institutional barriers with regard to business regulations (permits, licensing etc.) and access to financial services.
- Ensure inclusion and accessibility when delivering livelihood cash transfers.
- Provide inclusive livelihood trainings/vocational trainings (e.g. trainings on sustainable, disaster resilient, climate-friendly management practices).
- Provide specific support to individuals for investments in accessibility measures for business implementation (e.g. physical accessibility to shops or offices, computer software, Braille manuals).
- Promote group livelihood activities/enterprises of persons with diverse backgrounds, e.g. men and women, persons with and without disabilities. In some contexts, women might prefer to work together for cultural reasons.
- Raise awareness and provide technical support to cooperatives, business associations, financial service providers, social security, savings groups etc. to improve inclusion.
- Raise awareness on inclusion in the economic sector and the workplace.
- Empower persons from socially and economically excluded groups as economic actors/business people, through training and social mobilization.
- Promote entrepreneurs as role models, who belong to at-risk groups themselves and engage in resilient, climate friendly-income generating activities.