AVSI Integrated approach toward informal economy in Côte d’Ivoire.
RNSF implementing partner AVSI organized last December the closing ceremony of its project “Empowerment for better livelihoods, including skills development and vocational education and training, for marginalised and vulnerable persons and people dependent on the informal economy” implemented in Côte d’Ivoire since 2015.
It was organized at Abidjan with around 400 participants, including the European Union, the National Chamber of Trades of Côte d’Ivoire, the Regional Chambers of Crafts, the National and International NGOs, the Social Centres, the Professional Organizations of Craftsmen and some of the craftsmen beneficiaries of the project as well as RNSF research expert Jacques Charmes. During the event AVSI presented the results and the lessons learned from this experience and animated a discussion about the future steps to be carried out in Côte d’Ivoire.
The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the improvement of living and working conditions of craftsmen in the informal sector with special attention for those infected / affected by HIV / AIDS, specifically through the improvement of the institutional framework, skills and social integration of artisans in Abidjan, Yamoussoukro and Bouaké (Côte d’Ivoire).
To that end, it promoted an integrated approach toward informal economy combining:
- Institutional capacity building
- Skill development and Strengthening of workers’ capacities and organisation
- Livelihood and social inclusion, in particular through microcredit and health coverage
Various activities were implemented such as:
- Trainings of craftsmen
- Workshop renovation
- Establishment of saving groups and pilot health insurance schemes
- Dissemination of information, awareness-raising and advocacy
AVSI theory of change
During the ceremony, the results of the ROM monitoring (February 2017) and of the final evaluation as well as two studies conducted during the project on the pilot health insurance scheme and the formalisation of the informal sector were presented.
In particular, the final evaluation highlighted the various achievements of the project and the ROM monitoring indicated that it paved the way to the improvement of the craftsmen’ living and working conditions and to the definition of a development strategy for the craft sector in Còte d’Ivoire.