Livelihood Improvement for Women and Youth in Addis Ababa (LI-WAY)




Livelihood Improvement for Women and Youth (LI-WAY) is a consortium program that focuses on fostering a more inclusive environment (Making Market Work for the Poor-M4P) for a group of people (youth and women) who are currently excluded from the systems that could provide pathways to decent employment and income earning opportunities. LI-WAY is delivering innovative and systemic interventions through the relevant market player

Description of Operational Area

Geographic coverage: Addis Ababa City administration of Addis Ababa

The population of Addis Ababa: Estimated over 3.5 million 

Duration: Five years (July 2017 to June 2022)

Donor: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Budget: 160 million SEK (16 million Euros). 

Target beneficiaries: 200,000 people, primarily women and youth in Addis Ababa. From the total beneficiaries, Save the Children is expected to reach 40,916.

 Key External Stakeholders 

  • Selam Children Village TVET College
  • EMD Construction Finishing and Training TVET College
  • Misrak Poly Technique College 
  • Kirkos Manufacturing College 
  • Sitota Daycare service provider
  • ZOE daycare service provider 
  • Addis Ababa City Government TVET Agency 
  • Ethiopian Leather Industrial Development

Project Goal and Objective

The Overall objective:To contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and social stability in Addis Ababa. 


The specific objective:To improve the livelihoods of 200,000 poor people, of whom at least 50% are women and 75% youth, by increasing their income and access to economic opportunities.


Major Anticipated Outcomes 

  • Increased incomes and decent employment opportunities for 200,000 people. Primarily poor women and youth in Addis Abeba
  • Increased gender relations, social protection, food security, reduced social tensions and reduced negative environmental impacts 
  • Increased capacity and competitiveness of 200, 000 people, primarily women and youth 
  • Increased business productivity, trade and value addition of lead firms and women and youth owned enterprises.
  • Increased entrepreneurship and access to employment and self-employment. 
  • Increased access of 200,000 urban people, primarily women and youth, to market demanded skills, information on opportunities, finance, inputs, advice and technology.
  • Key market players (business enterprises, government and other support providers) have tested and adopted innovative & inclusive business models.



The LI-WAY program follows:

  • A market system development approach, called Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P).
  • The approach focuses on addressing the underlying causes of market constraints and then improving the overall functions of market system by playing facilitative roles.
  • It achieves this through activating, catalyzing and promoting market based solutions to address systemic constraints that undermine the potential of selected sub sectors in creating jobs and increasing income for poor people (in LI-WAY case, primarily women and youth in Addis Ababa).
  • Save the Children is technically leading systemic interventions under the Skill Development System 
  • The Market players could be from private, public and civil society organization who have relevance with the prioritized functions/rules.


   Consortium Members

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organization (The lead Organization) 
  • Mercy Corps (MC)
  • Techno Serve (TNS) 
  • Save the Children

For further information please contact 

Zakir Elmi, Senior Program Manager

Telephone number: +251 113205085 (Direct Line)

P.O. Box. 387 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,