Vocational Training and Employment for the Urban Poor
Securing long-term economic opportunities for vulnerable populations is integrally tied to poverty alleviation. For that reason, DIG carries out demand-driven vocational training for marginalized populations including youth and women. DIG views labor-intensive programs as a key component of urban and community infrastructure development. Such programs provide ample opportunity to immediately address under-employment, while offering the long-term benefit of improved vocational and business skills for entrepreneurs and job seekers. This work is especially significant in post-disaster/conflict contexts, where infrastructure rehabilitation is needed to support the economic livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Another important way DIG fosters employment generation is by helping the urban poor create viable businesses.