Action

SWAPNO is a social transfer project for ultra-poor women  engaged in public works essential for the economic and social life of poor local communities. It promotes employment, and most importantly future employability, of extreme poor rural women.

  • The entry point is cash-for-work and building human capital of women engaged in public works essential for the economic and social life of poor local communities.
  • Saving a portion of wages assists households to move out of poverty, providing seed capital for self-employment, basic household needs (linked to resilience) and further training and educational development. Women will be counselled and supported to invest these savings in productive assets.
  • A state-of-the-art ‘graduation’ strategy aims at smoothening the transition from safety net employment to market-driven employment by vocational skills training, job placement and diversified climate change resilient livelihoods options, ensuring market linkages and access to essential public services and by social and economic inclusion for these women.
  • In addition to assisting women to start and operate self-employment, micro-enterprises, SWAPNO focuses on facilitating linkages with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Public-Private Partnerships. Local SMEs in the rural non-farm and off-farm sector are encouraged to absorb women trained by the project, with training designed based on private sector demand for skilled workers. This is done in UNDP partnership with ILO.