Strategic Objective I: Children thrive in resilient households and communities
WVE livelihood programming aims to increase household income and access to nutritious food, enabling parents and caregivers to provide basic needs for their children. Because WVE’s target communities are largely dependent upon subsistence agriculture, interventions focus on improving production and productivity with approaches such as sustainable land management and natural resource use, as well a mobilizing community savings groups and facilitating local value chain development. As a component of resilience, programming also addresses household and community capacity to adapt and recover from disasters. WVE will strengthen its urban and youth programming in this strategic period and will make critical context analysis to determine priorities for potential urban programming. The youth development programming will intentionally work to create employment opportunities through strengthening TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).
This strategic objective is well-aligned with the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) policies and strategies, mainly the agriculture sector of the Growth and Transformation Plan and Agricultural Development Led Industrialization (ADLI) strategy focused on productivity, effective technologies and income oriented agriculture. Among the four pillars of the GOE’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) is land productivity enhancement focusing specifically on forest restoration and environmental protection, which is closely linked with WVE climate and environment models. In the area of disaster risk management, the GOE ratified Disaster Risk Management policy, which shifted from disaster management to risk management. The policy also underlines the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction into development programs, which WVE can leverage in addressing its targeted households/communities.
Strategic Objective 2: Health, Nutrition and WASH for healthy growth and development of children, women and families
WVE’s health programming aims to improve MNCH (Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health) through creating access to and utilization of quality maternal, newborn and child and adolescent essential health care services thus contributing to the reduction of child, infant and maternal mortality rates. Improving access to high quality nutrition specific and sensitive services will also be delivered to contribute to improving nutritional status of children and pregnant and lactating women. Water and sanitation related diseases and deaths will be reduced significantly through improving access to sustainable adequate water, sanitation facilities and improved hygiene practices.
Maternal and newborn health care and under-nutrition are among the major areas recognized by the government in the currently active HSDP (Health Sector Development Plan) IV and the planned Health Sector Transformation Plan for the coming five years. This plan has specific focus on mothers and newborns with nutrition as a crosscutting intervention. WVE’s Health and Nutrition Technical Approach has aligned to both global and national health sector priorities including maternal and newborn care, nutrition and quality and equity. Cognizant of the rapidly changing health context in Ethiopia, community based health response through Health Extension Program and the Health Development Army, continuous improvement has been recorded on the health infrastructure and human resource for health in the country.
Strategic Objective 3: Improved Quality of Education and Life Skills for Children and Youth.
Education plays a vital role in allowing communities and individuals to transform their world, and WVE believes all children should have equal access to quality education. The education program focuses on improving equitable access contributing to increased primary enrollment rate. This program also seeks to improve education quality to address the low literacy rate.
Strategy Objective 4: Enhance Protection, Participation and Holistic Development of vulnerable children and adolescents.
With the aim of reducing high prevalence of harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, abduction and early marriage, the child protection programming focuses on protection and empowering children to meaningfully participate in decisions that affect their lives. The program brings all concerned partners together for the realization of child focused, equitable and inclusive protective systems, thereby contributing to holistic development of boys and girls.