For communities trying to move forward after a conflict, economic recovery lays the foundation for sustained, long-term development. It allows individuals and families to recover their livelihoods, build resiliency and participate more productively in market systems that are returning to life.
According to the World Bank, 10.7 percent of the world’s population lives on less than $1.90 a day. By 2030, the share of the global poor living in fragile and conflict-ridden situations is expected to rise from 17 percent to 46 percent.
Creative’s Livelihoods and Economic Recovery programs support countries emerging from crisis or conflict in rebounding from economic shock and moving toward stabilization, with a focus on livelihoods, agriculture, value chains and enterprise development.
A majority of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on the agricultural sector for work. Realizing the challenges subsistence and small-scale farmers face, Creative’s programs provide rural families with tools and knowledge to help them attain food security, increase their productivity and incomes and engage more effectivity in markets.
In Honduras’ climate-fragile and impoverished “Dry Corridor,” Creative is empowering poor and extreme-poor families with knowledge on how to diversify their crops to grow more nutritious and valuable foods, improve planting and irrigation practices and better market their products through the Honduras Livelihoods and Food and Nutrition Security in the Dry Corridor project, funded by the World Bank through the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program.
The USAID-funded Yemen Community Livelihoods Program worked in some of the country’s most difficult areas to support vulnerable rural communities to improve livelihoods through value chain enhancements, extension inputs and services, entrepreneurship and business planning, and water conservation and management.
The five-year project improved extension services and built farmer capacity that expanded production and increased competitiveness of the coffee, horticulture, livestock and honey value chains. Building on activities that supported youth entrepreneurship and workforce development, the project partnered with a Yemeni bank to provide capital to introduce new production technologies. These interventions increased agricultural production and household incomes for more than 600,000 people.
Connecting these farmers and other small businesses with platforms to sell their goods requires Creative to study, tap into and strengthen existing value chains, planning and adapting its projects based on the local context.
Engaging the private sector, building local ownership
To this end, Creative places heavy emphasis on partnerships with the private sector as a major asset to any sustainable economic growth project. Through collaboration with local businesses, Creative’s programs foster local ownership and increase the long-term chances of success of development initiatives.
Creative’s programs also deliver a wide span of enterprise and entrepreneurship development activities for micro-, small- and medium-size firms whose success will contribute to increased competitiveness, economic stability and recovery.
By also working to develop inclusive market systems, Creative’s programs benefit those on the fringes who stand to gain the most, including the very poor, women, youth and other marginalized groups that are too often excluded from traditional economic networks.
All of these initiatives help to strengthen local economies and bolster the resilience of communities and individuals to withstand lingering instability of future economic shocks.