Green Livelihoods

What We Do

Core Expertise

• Community Participatory Sustainable Development
I am an empowered youth now, and I have a skill. I have an income that sustains me and my family.

• Give someone a fish or teach someone to fish?
Green livelihoods come down firmly on the “educate” side of the equation. Development projects are only truly successful if project participants gain knowledge in the process and own it. Clothes get worn, food gets eaten and money gets spent. But knowledge gets passed on. If you really want to invest in the future, invest in local community’s skills to control their own future – and hence secure sustainable development.

From our mentorship approach to our substantial partnerships with local peasants provide participatory description of practicality that ensures development projects include the theory of change through “knowledge transfer” or “sustainability drive”. In practice, these phrases mean things like partnering with government agriculture extension workers on to introduce new farming techniques on demonstration plots, training local masons to maintain household environmentally friendly technologies, educating leaders to stress the importance of continued entrepreneurial training, equipping local institutions to deliver successful climate smart capacity building initiatives, empowering women to teach their peers, children and husbands to improved food preparation techniques and to foster effective co-management in natural resources. Green livelihoods’ ambition is to support communities in achieving self-reliance that is grounded in the tenets of sustainable development.

Locally-Driven Theory of Change
• Green livelihoods do not decide what a local community should do. Development organizations and donors do not have that right.
• Greelivelihoods supports communities in overcoming problems they identify by empowering communities to lead the change themselves. We provide access to techniques and technologies, but these are only successful if communities voluntarily adopt them. And the biggest positive impacts are achieved when community members continue to pass these skills and tools on to their families and neighbors.
• Green livelihoods project staffs are development t players who marry respect for tradition with innovation, effectively demonstrating to communities what actions they can take to improve their lives. Green livelihoods has a growing legacy of trust earned through high quality service delivery – be it on consultative basis or over through partnerships.

• Public-Private Partnerships
Green livelihoods understand the continued rise in effective investment and one result of this growth is increased interest among companies around the world in investing in leveraged development social asset building. Time is experiencing the private sector seeing that healthy, productive local communities are business destinations, in addition to being important for their own sake. Partnerships between non-governmental organizations like Green livelihoods and the business community offer long-term potential for economic development. As the private sector grows, so too does their stake in the well-being and future of their employees and consumers, and hence communities.
• Green livelihoods strive to selectively partner with the private sector to support programs strengthening local institutions and delivering positive results to communities.
• Greenlivelihoods’ vision for corporate social responsibility looks to create sustainable, mutually beneficial impacts with measurable returns on society.

Technical spheres

• Environment, Agriculture and Food Security
Most African farmers are disadvantaged at every stage in the process of producing and selling crops. Large areas of soil are nutrient deficient. Rains are erratic and recent trend are that rivers are drying up hampering aquatic resources and agricultural production. Technology is scarce. Credit is limited. Markets are often out of reach or inefficient. But in spite of these problems, Greenlivelihoods knows that Africa can be the world’s next breadbasket and Malawi in particular

Approximately 80% of Malawian farms are small plots run by rural farmers, and if they are equipped with knowledge of best agricultural practices and with basic inputs such as improved seeds, they are able to maximize yields of diverse crops to feed themselves, their families and their communities. Greenlivelihoods targets rural populations with interventions to improve natural resources and environmental integrity, agricultural yields, incomes and nutrition practices to bolster the continent’s ability to feed itself, and its ability to eventually help feed the larger population.