This programme builds upon components from NCA’s former Livelihood and Trade programme such as the work with agriculture, vocational training, and savings and loan groups, but with new focus requirements. When working with agriculture there will be a focus of value addition and value chain development. When working with savings and loan groups there will be a focus on entrepreneurship and developing and scaling up businesses. When working with vocational education there will be a holistic focus on linking the vocational students and the education institutions with the labour market and securing employment upon graduation.
The Economic Empowerment programme is a response to the global need for at least 600 million jobs by 2030 and its goal is to secure entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable employment for women, men and youth, in order to reduce their economic vulnerability. It builds on components from NCA’s former Livelihood and Trade programme, but given the extensive changes made to the programme in the transition between the two strategic periods, the Economic Empowerment programme should be considered as a new global programme for NCA. For example, whilst the Livelihood and Trade programme focused on vocational training, subsistence farming, establishing micro businesses and saving and loan groups, the new programme supports value chain development within agriculture; entrepreneurship and scaling up businesses; market access; vocational education with focus on employability; and sustainable employment. Although NCA continues to partner with civil society organisations in the programme, including faith actors, the shift described requires exploration of new partnerships with the private sector and with organisations and consultancies with specific technical knowledge and skills.