Economic Growth and Livelihoods

EDC has extensive experience and strong capabilities across the spectrum of youth and economic growth programs, working with potential employees and helping businesses compete in the market. We have worked successfully in numerous conflict and post-conflict countries, emerging economies, and the entire range of developing economies.

Our youth-oriented, economic growth programs have two unique aspects:

  • We combine literacy and numeracy education with work readiness training. This is especially important for youth living in rural areas for whom low to no literacy is a significant obstacle.
  • We involve youth in the design and implementation of program activities, allowing them to help shape the programs as well as benefit from them.

Our core capabilities include:

  • Small and medium enterprise development and support
  • Market-driven livelihoods
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Workforce preparation
  • Improving access to finance
  • Strategic use of technology


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