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Livelihood restoration and community development implementation

WithGerry Reddy, Eddie Smyth, Michael Steyn

This chapter provides the practical implementation of livelihood restoration and community development activities to avoid some of the key pitfalls. The end of construction is often a time of considerable tension on projects as project-affected households lose the regular cash income and status of project employment, and investment in livelihood restoration at this time can reduce community discontent. Apprenticeships are one of the most positive initiatives projects can undertake to build real skills in the community. Even if the project does not proceed, the training will help the participants gain employment outside the project area and will be highly appreciated by the community. Many projects support women's groups to produce goods and services for the project or to the wider public. The resettlement site water supply system will have to be handed over to the local authorities and/or local community to ensure that it can be managed independent of the project into the future.