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In humanitarian crises, important windows of opportunity exist to support the early recovery of affected populations, creating the basis for self-sufficiency and future development interventions. By planning early recovery interventions as soon as possible during an emergency, you can avert the risk of relief assistance becoming an alternative to development and the social fabric of society can be more easily preserved and reconstituted. Providing early recovery support is also an important opportunity to promote gender equality and to build back better, in a way that capitalizes on the capacities of all sec- tors of society and reshapes social roles towards greater gender equality. Livelihoods support is one example of early recovery intervention in a humanitarian situations.

Livelihood strategies aim at developing self-reliance. Livelihood interventions should be designed and implemented to strengthen women’s and men’s productive capacity early on, when it matters most, and to promote longer-term self-sufficiency.

A livelihood refers to the capabilities, assets and strategies that people use to make a living; that is, to achieve food and income security through a variety of economic activities. Livelihood programmes cover a range of issues, including non-formal education, vocational training and skills training programmes, income generation activities and food-for-work programmes, apprenticeship placement projects, micro-credit schemes, agriculture programmes, business start-up programmes, seeds and tools projects, animal disbursement projects and self-employment and job placement programmes.

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