|The returnees and IDPs are considered as the most vulnerable population in Nangarhar province. The international community and several humanitarian actors are providing emergency and livelihood support, but for the majority of returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), their livelihoods need and access to economic opportunities still remain unmet. Lack of access to sustainable livelihood and economic opportunity has greatly affected the lives of IDPs and returnees, and without a source of regular income and livelihood opportunities, they remain in perpetuate destitute.
Among the vulnerable, the most affected population consists of documented and undocumented returnees coming mainly from Pakistan to Afghanistan; IDPs affected by conflict or natural disasters and vulnerable displacement-affected host communities who equally struggle to meet their basic needs.
This project is complementing Global Affairs Canada (GAC) funded intervention, which aims to meet the short and medium-term needs of displacement affected populations. The project focuses on filling the capacity gaps assessed by DRC in building sustainable livelihoods by providing expertise in carrying out some specific activities and supporting AYNSO through formal capacity building and on-the-job training provided by the DRC team.
The following gaps related to beneficiaries’ limited skills and knowledge were identified through the DRC livelihoods component, that will be addressed by the project:
· To establish and run profitable and market-driven enterprises;
· To produce quality products in line with customers’ preferences;
· To design viable business plans and manage business grants; and,
· To assess market demand based on customer preferences, the market sells and productions and establishing linkages with market actors.