Regional Portfolio of AWO International:

In 2018 AWO International implements 7 Projects in Nepal, India and Bangladesh and 1 Disaster Risk Reduction Program, benefiting more than 50.000 victims of the devastating earthquakes of 2015 in Nepal. From November 2017 on we started a long term Humanitarian Aid Program in Bangladesh to provide first aid to the Rohingya population, fleeing from dreadful violence in Myanmar.

AWO International’s development and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) projects are implemented in long and mid-term partnerships with civil society organizations in context of pro-poor, results-based development interventions and organizational development. The new strategic focus of AWO International,”Labour Migration and Human Trafficking” is also a field of thematic core expertise of AWO in Germany.

Regional Program for Livelihood Promotion of Marginalized Groups and Labour Migrants in South Asia:

The regional program is implemented by ten Partner NGOs in Nepal, India and Bangladesh with financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ. Main objective of the ongoing program is the improvement of livelihoods of small farmers, landless, underprivileged communities (such as Dalit, tribal communities, Kamaiya – former bonded labours) such as of labour migrants and their families. This is achieved by promotion of house hold incomes (resulting in better nutrition, health and education), empowerment of women, youth and marginalized communities (to articulate their needs and to demand their rights) and by promotion of access to public services, rights and resources.

Set up and/ or strengthened “Social Structures” (for example Migration Alert Groups, Migration and Youth Information Centers, Migration Networks, Saving & Credit Cooperatives, Farmer Clubs, Women Groups, Forest User Committees, Grain Bank Committees, Local Resource Persons, etc) are characteristic for all cooperation projects. Youth focus and gender equality such as poverty reduction and sustainability are overall crosscutting issues. 
Main Intervention Areas of the Program:
- Poverty reduction, promotion of food security and increase of household incomes by promotion of access to governmental services and programs, income generating activities, capacity development, establishment of better market linkages and access to finances.
- Reduction of vulnerabilities (for example in context of food security) and of dependencies from middle men by promotion of organic agriculture and LEISA (Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture) techniques.
- Promotion of safe migration on various levels including policy dialogue, provision of information, capacity development and counseling of potential and returning migrants such as close relatives of migrants abroad, promotion of development friendly utilization of remittance such as social and economic reintegration of returning migrants.
- Prevention of human trafficking, support for interception of potential victims and rescue operations, first aid and socio-economic re-integration of survivors such as support for repatriation and prosecution
- Promotion of gender equality and improvement of social protection (e.g. access to insurances, reduction of social inequalities, combating domestic violence/ violence against women)

Regional Working Approaches of AWO International:
- All partner organizations are supported in building up and/ or strengthening social structures
- Empowerment of women and youth, local resource persons and change agents
- Capacity and organizational development such as promotion of peer learning between partners
- Projects are following a multi stakeholders approach incl. lobbying and advocacy
- Target groups are supported to access governmental services and resources
- Rights based livelihood approach
- Results-based project management
- Promotion of gender equality and using youth as motors for change
- In case of humanitarian relief operations coordination with government institutions of respective partner country and with cluster systems and participatory preparations of distributions in line with SPHERE standards