Youth Volunteers for Development and Environment Conservation (YOVENCO)

Promoting Resilient Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction, Food Security and ClimateAdaptation Programmes

Livelihoods in many areas of Somaliland (Urban and Rural) are complex and dynamic; perhaps the one constant is the day-to-day uncertainty of survival.

The concept of livelihood is about individuals, households, or groups making a living, attempting to meet their various consumption and economic necessities, coping with uncertainties, and responding to new opportunities.

Resilience’ has been described as ‘the capacity of people or “systems” to cope with stresses and shocks by anticipating them, preparing for them,
responding to them, and recovering from them’.

YOVENCO works to develop vocational skills for poor and vulnerable communities in various sectors to
provide them with sustainable employment and income opportunities.

Through this component we work with Pastoralists, fisheries and agropastoralist communities with direct
economic support and skills development.

YOVENCO in Action

Since 2016, YOVENCO has partnered with the FAO and GIZ to deliver livelihood interventions in the Sahel region.

Over 20,000 people have benefitted from various cash-for-work schemes between 2015 and 2018.

Our work has contributed to: