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We have compiled a list of several websites that relate to the GEM approach, which could be helpful resources for developing market-based livelihood programmes.





Africa Climate Change Resistance Alliance (ACCRA)

ACCRA is a consortium made up of several NGOs focused on developing programmes and strategies to address issues of climate change. The key resource is the Local Adaptive Capacity framework (LAC) which can be used for mainstreaming, design and evaluation purposes.

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African Risk Capacity

 An indexed-based weather insurance scheme that has recently been launched by the African Union.



 Agri-ProFocus is a partnership that promotes farmer entrepreneurship in developing countries. Useful resources include a publications list, fact sheets, videos and event listings.


Business Fights Poverty

 A community network with numerous blogs from entrepreneurs, development actors, donors and academics. The site updates regularly with featured blog posts on current issues across a variety of sectors.


Care Pathways to Empowerment

 Care’s Pathways programme works towards women’s empowerment and engagement in agricultural markets. Resources include a conceptual framework, blog and country overviews.


Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG)

 A multi-organizational platform for HECA region that helps in providing early warning on food security issues, and enables collective thinking on critical thematic issues related to food provision; by collecting and mapping data on where food insecurity is, or could be in the coming months, allows organizations like Oxfam to prepare livelihoods programmes that can help buffer against or potentially alleviate these crises before they set in.


Gender in Value Chains

 This site is part of an Agri-ProFocus initiative which aims to increase gender sensitivity in value-chain oriented sustainable livelihood development. There is an extensive list of publications, and a toolkit for incorporating a gender perspective into value chain intervention.


Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)

 A tool for classifying the severity and magnitude of food insecurity which has been implemented by the FSNWG to help set international, scientifically based standards for classifying degrees of food insecurity – and is being used in other parts of the developing world, including Asia.


Linking Worlds

 Part of the Sustainable Food Labs site, this Oxfam-affiliated website facilitates the sharing of experiences and “new business models” through research papers, case studies, tools, impact studies, and descriptions of active “action learning” projects – thereby helping NGOs become more effective at realising both development and commercial benefits. 


Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P)

 M4P focuses on practical approaches to reducing poverty, informed by principles of sustainability and large-scale impact. The site has numerous case studies, discussion papers and research reports.


Next Billion: Development Through Enterprise

 This is a community site for exploring the connections between business and development, featuring a series of blogs and a news feed organised by region.


SOS Sahel

 This development charity works with farmers and herders in Africa’s Sahel region, with a focus on social inclusion and influencing policy through local networks. Their publications include two volumes on gender and pastoralism.


Sustainable Food Laboratory

 The Sustainable Food Lab facilitates market-based solutions to the key issues—including climate, soil, poverty, and water—that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system. The site has a large toolbox of publications and the team provides services such as strategic planning, project design and management, and convening of learning events.


Sustainable Livelihoods Learning Network

 This site focuses on Oxfam’s work on sustainable livelihoods in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and has several useful publications, such as videos, papers, conceptual framework, and a gender map of LAC countries.


Value For Women

 In partnership with Oxfam, Value for Women offers services that act at the intersection of gender justice and economic development. The site has a useful policy brief and infographic on Women’s Economic leadership.


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