Complex Paths: Supporting Mixed Livelihoods in Liberia

Author(s): 
Chris Maclay and John Skelton
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
Mercy Corps
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Jan, 2016

The Prospects program’s Employment and Entrepreneurship program seeks to improve employment outcomes for ‘work-ready’ youth in Liberia – young people of legal working age with at least some education who are seeking employment or self-employment. This paper explains how traditional concepts of ‘employment’ as a singular state do not apply in Liberia – rather, almost all young Liberians earn income from multiple sources, with a mixed livelihood or portfolio of work. The Learning Paper outlines the implications from a programming and M&E perspective, while outlining Prospects’ approach to dealing with the challenge.

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Topic: 
Workforce Development
Monitoring & Evaluation
Regions: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tags: 
Economic Empowerment
Entrepreneurship
Livelihoods
Youth