Sustainable Livelihoods

Sustainable livelihood planning reduces human pressures on the environment. Fostering healthy relationships between people and their resources is of paramount importance. EcoAfrica assists local communities in identifying conservation, tourism and resource-based projects that they can develop on their own or with outside support and funding. EcoAfrica works closely with all tiers of government, the private sector and community groups to developing viable alternatives to destructive resource uses. EcoAfrica places particular emphasis on planning for financial self-sustainability at an early stage of a project. Effective project management is a further requirement for the development of sustainable livelihoods.

Our work includes:

  • Assisting local groups and organisations to access external funding
  • Assistance with feasibility studies and business plans for projects
  • Training and capacity building (accredited or non-accredited)
  • Project management training includes setting up log frames, making cash flow projections, generating financial reports and setting up management structures
  • Small business development (including conversion of associations to businesses)
  • Turning sound ideas into viable businesses
  • Creating Local Economic Development (LED) plans and strategies

Poverty and environmental degradation is often interlinked in a mutually re-enforcing downward spiral.

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