Livelihoods improvement For women and Youth (LIWAY)


Livelihoods Improvement for Women and Youth (LIWAY) is a consortium program that focuses on fostering a more inclusive environment for a group of people (youth and women) who are currently disadvantaged by or excluded from the systems that could provide pathways to decent employment and income earning opportunities. LIWAY is delivering innovative and systemic interventions through the relevant market players.

Description of Operational Area

Geographic coverage: Addis Ababa City Administration

The population of Addis Ababa: Estimated over 3.5 million 

Duration: Seven years (July 2017 to June 2024)

Donor: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Budget: 160 million SEK (16 million Euros), of which 38 million SEK is from Save the children international (SCI) 

Target beneficiaries: 200,000 poor people, primarily women and youth in Addis Ababa. From the total beneficiaries, Save the Children is expected to reach 41,000 by improving how the skills system works for poor women and youth.

 Key External Stakeholders

  • Federal TVET Agency
  • EMD Construction Finishing and Training TVET College
  • Federal TVET Trainers’ Institute
  • Ethiopian Metal Industrial Development Institute (MIDI)
  • Kepler International
  • Ethiopian Food and Beverage Industrial Development Institute (FBIDI)
  • Addis Ababa TVET & Technology Development Bureau  
  • Ethiopian Leather Industrial Development Institute (LIDI)
  • Skyline Leather Training Private Limited Company
  • Venus Domestic Work Training College
  • Nave Hotel and Tourism College

Program Objective and Target

The overall objective: To contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and social stability in Addis Ababa by increasing incomes through improved wage and self-employment opportunities. 

The target: To improve the livelihoods of 200,000 poor people, of whom at least 100,000 are women and 150,000 are youth.

Major Anticipated Outcomes 

  • Increased incomes through improved wage and self-employment opportunities for 200,000 poor people in Addis Ababa, primarily women and youth.
  • Target group with improved and relevant skills, increased opportunities to start and grow businesses, and better access to better paying jobs.
  • Manufacturing firms with improved products, productivity, profitability, and competitiveness (leading to creation of more and higher-paying jobs).
  • Reduced poverty, improved gender relations and food security, and reduced social tensions and land pressure. 

LIWAY’s Approach

  • The LIWAY program follows a market systems development approach called Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) to deliver widespread and lasting change.
  • The approach focuses on addressing the underlying causes of market failure that disadvantage or exclude the target group.
  • It achieves this through a facilitative role that involves catalyzing and promoting innovative market-based solutions in partnership with private companies and public institutions that have the incentive and ability to deliver change.
  • LIWAY works in four interrelated market systems: labour, micro & small enterprise (MSE), medium & large enterprise (MLE), and skills.

Consortium Members

The consortium is led by SNV Netherlands Development Organization, and each consortium partner leads work in one of the four market systems.

  • Mercy Corps leads systemic interventions in the labour system.
  • SNV leads systemic interventions in the MSE system.
  • TechnoServe leads systemic interventions in the MLE system.
  • Save the Children leads systemic interventions in the skills system.


For further information please visit or contact: 

Zakir Elmi, Senior Program Manager

Telephone number: +251 113205085 (Direct Line)

P.O. Box. 387 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia