Better livelihoods for poor people

Better livelihoods for poor people

How to achieve better livelihoods for poor people?

Participants were grouped to relate the findings to clusters approximating to their work situations. Three were identified:

  • Water issues: Capacity-building initiatives should respond to the overallv restructuring process. This should include:
    • Re-skilling of local government should be informed by local authority needs
    • Support for a more structured mentoring system, and cooperation with both local and international institutions
    • Need to support international exposure

  • Coordination issues:
    • Fragmentation of DFID initiatives results from weak coordination and communication mechanisms. It is important to transfer coordination skills for sense of ownership and sustainability of projects
    • Partnerships require an understanding of the role of DFID aid and using the funds to add value to projects and simplifying procedures for pilot projects without compromising accountability

  • Enterprise issues:
    • Target groups: There was not a consensus as to whether there should be a continuum of support or a focus on particular groups, and whether the work should cover large enterprises. In addition DFID in London does have a remit to work with large enterprises and can provide support
    • Coordination. A clear definition of roles and responsibilities is needed and how to implement these. In addition to this, there are opportunities for linkages between enterprise projects which commonly do not know what others are doing. There are also opportunities to link to other sectors. DFID could look at ways of sharing information to help overcome the general lack of information sharing in SA

  • Overall recommendations:
    • Enterprise development approach ought to be needs/opportunities led
    • Capacity to coordinate development to be assessed and addressed as a priority
    • Enterprise development needs a higher profile portfolio within DFID

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