Woman with floating garden

Resilient livelihoods

The people VSO work with are facing multiple intersecting crises. They are at the forefront of the climate emergency experiencing extreme weather events such as drought, floods on more frequently. In 2022-23 we reached almost 200,000 people through our resilient livelihoods programme.

Women are experiencing an increased burden of care both due to the climate crisis and impact of COVID-19. The situation for young people entering the job market is dire and many leave rural areas due to a lack of livelihoods and increased food insecurity. 

VSO focuses on ensuring food, job and income security for marginalised women, young people and people with disabilities (PWD). Our aim is for marginalised and vulnerable women and young people to enjoy decent livelihoods and a dignified life.

To ensure this VSO works to strengthen the agency and voice of marginalised women, small-scale food producers and young people and their networks to transform food and labour markets, pushing for increased public investment in agroecology and green economy.

Our work supporting livelihoods

Through these global programmes, we mobilise, recruit and place appropriate and skilled volunteers in projects, institutions and communities.

Fishing boat
Paul Wambugu/Obscuramedia

Youth empowerment, green jobs and decent work

Supporting young women, men and informal workers networks to transition to green decent jobs and resilient livelihoods.

Vivian and her child at her shop

Women’s empowerment, control over incomes and right to food

Promoting women’s right to adequate food, women's control over their incomes and developing climate resilient agriculture.