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Through livelihoods support (provision of inputs/ stock, trainings) and civic competence building, the Foundation has worked to improve household incomes, empowering and nurturing resilient communities.
This broad program area mainly tackles three key components 1) Land and Forest cover and 2) Extractives industry. The Foundation focuses on building the capacity of vulnerable groups including women on land rights advocacy, participation in decision making geared towards boosting sustainable management and equitable distribution of the benefits that accrue from oil exploration and other minerals among women and men; government and the local population.
It is noticeable that the contribution of the mining sector to the socio-economic development of the northern region is very important and promising; for example, the development of this sector is critical for value addition and has a strong multiplier effect on employment (UNDP, 2015). However, the institutional framework is not yet fully and appropriately developed to harness these anticipated benefits for the local people.
The discovery of oil in the region has other characteristics like displacement, illegal evictions, and land grabbing amidst limited security of tenure particularly for women which further poses threats against household livelihood and wellbeing.