Women in the Fishing Industry Programme (Education and Development) is a non-governmental organization established in 2002. Since then WIFIP is involved in education and development activities that bring about socio-economic empowerment of marginalized communities especially women.
Women In Fishing Industry Project popularly known as WIFIP was funded by the Community Fund (UK) through the International Extension College (IEC), Cambridge, UK in 2002- 2004 and hosted by the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) in Africa.. WIFIP aimed at empowering women to attain social and economic development through non–formal and distance education strategies. The three overarching objectives of the project were to:
- Develop women’s capacities in small business management
- Attain positive behaviour change
- Have a voice and take appropriate action
WIFIP focuses on socio-economic empowerement through non-formal and distance education and development initiatives for women and other marginalized groups in the fishing industry. Since its establishment, WIFIP Trust has continued to work within the framework of the three initial objectives towards:
- Achieving sustainable institutional base
- Mobilizing a broad-based coalition of community-based organization, civil society organizations, private sector and individuals in the fishing industry and related sectors of the economy;
- Developing its strategic vision and framework for intervention in the Fishing Industry;
- Enabling women have a voice in the process of development;
- Creating a supportive environment in which women can realize their education, economic and social potential;
- Building capacity for women in business development and management
- Promoting behaviour change in the community in order to reduce and control infection and spread of STIs in general and HIV/AIDS in particular
The core programme has expanded to include interventions in other thematic areas such as Micro-Enterprise Development and Financing, Environmental Conservation and Aquaculture Development as well as giving greater focus ti youth empowerment initiatives. WIFIP continuously works with the very poor in the lowest economic quintile, marginalized rural and urban populations, and those in situations of chronic economic insecurity. We especially target women and youth that are particularly vulnerable to deprivations and diseases of poverty as well as remote excluded areas in Lake Victoria Region.
WIFIP envisions a community in which everyone, and women in particular, is empowered with the necessary capacities to lead socially and economically empowered lives.
Our mission is to empower women and other marginalized groups in the community to undertake viable social and economic initiatives through non-formal distance education and development programmes.
WIFIP aims to facilitate and implement educational programmes which promote sustainable social and economic development especially targeting women and other marginalized groups in the fishing industry and other related sectors.