Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and Social Inclusion

We are dedicated to inclusive market development through Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and Social Inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWD); ensuring that no one is left behind. We make concerted efforts to enable women and PWD participate in rural markets on their own terms, thereby, improving their resilience and income. Social inclusion is, therefore, firmly integrated into our approach and mainstreamed across all portfolio areas.

Our approach prioritises the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and marginalized groups who remain excluded from markets across Northern Nigeria and are, consequently, often the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and displacement due to conflict, particularly in North East Nigeria. We support women and other excluded groups to participate in key activities critical to rebuilding livelihoods and improving the resilience of their households and communities.

Through our WEE work, we increase women’s participation, incomes, control and decision-making power and agency within rural markets; integrate Gender and WEE considerations across our interventions and support our partners and others to respond to the challenges facing these marginalized groups ; and drive an inclusive approach in response to targeted felt needs and safeguarding issues.

Efforts to improve the disability inclusiveness of our interventions began in earnest in 2018 with initial tracking of the involvement of PWD within our existing interventions and conducting extensive research to understand their specific circumstances and needs. The results led to an expansion of our intervention designs to purposely integrate persons with disability in a beneficial manner.

Our efforts transcend the Programme to include activities to raise our partners’ awareness and understanding of the plight of PWD. By so doing, we promote inclusiveness across value chains, product and service delivery mechanisms and make it the norm rather than the exception. Advocacy and capacity building are a key part of our PWD inclusion strategy. We plan and execute capacity building activities for PWD based on identified capacity gaps. We also work with committed PWD groups in our programme states to identify issues and opportunities for their meaningful participation.

Today, we are proud to have built the capacities of several PWD across our programme locations. Some of our interventions with impressive representation of PWD include improved sales and distribution of cookstoves and briquettes, poultry production including marketing and waste management. PWD are learning skills, earning income and meaningfully contributing to their households and communities. We are also encouraging PWD entrepreneurial groups to build and strengthen their business activities.

As a Programme, we are passionate about the protection of children across our work and in general. We are taking steps to support our beneficiaries and partners to reflect on child labor issues and work on suitable measures for addressing these.

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