World Vision Zambia began linking children aged 12 to 18 years to livelihood interventions to promote children's protection and reduce vulnerabilities such as child marriages resulting from poverty. Children who undergo livelihood interventions also build their resilience to bounce back from traumatic experiences they would have gone through or were at risk of experiencing. This is because their life skills, such as assertiveness and negotiation skills, are increased.
This Technical Brief highlights the benefits of integrating livelihood activities to improve the well-being of children and young people in Zambia. It also shows some of the limitations experienced trying to enhance the livelihood opportunities of adolescents but also offers opportunities that can be achieved by working with young people to strengthen their livelihoods.