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Livelihoods

Download our manual on livelihoods in humanitarian settings, which provides guidance to organizations to set up viable programs, and reports on the links between livelihoods and violence against women.

Inclusive Cash for Work Programs: Building A Stronger, Safer Recovery for All

In the aftermath of a disaster, cash-for-work programs are an essential component of relief and early recovery efforts. These programs must be designed and implemented in ways that take gender and protection considerations into account. They must be accessible to women, men and older girls and boys. When women and girls have safe and equal access to cash-for-work, they are much better positioned to meet their basic needs and much less vulnerable to the sexual exploitation and abuse that are often pervasive in crises.
  • Published: December 18, 2013

Urban Refugee Research and Social Capital

In November 2012, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) convened a roundtable discussion on urban refugee research. During the roundtable, seven main themes emerged, which are described in the first part of the report: 1) challenges for programming in urban environments; 2) urban mindset; 3) advocacy; 4) data for programming; 5) livelihoods; 6) role of private sector and technology; 7) and communities, social capital and networks.

For the second part of the report, the issue of urban refugee communities and social networks was selected as the theme for a literature review. This analytical part of the report focuses on the possibilities and challenges of leveraging social capital and networks within urban refugee communities for improving advocacy, policy and programmatic efforts.

  • Published: February 20, 2013
  • Modified: February 20, 2013

Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In many countries in the Global South, rapid urbanization is giving rise to normalized daily violence and low-level armed conflict in densely populated slums. A sizeable minority of the people coping with these conditions are refugees aged 15-25. The urban context presents unique barriers to the economic success of displaced young women and men, but also some significant advantages.

This is the executive summary version of the Women's Refugee Commission's guiding principles for building an enabling environment for urban refugee youth livelihoods, based on research in Cairo, Nairobi and Panama City.

Read the full report here.

  • Published: January 15, 2013
  • Modified: January 15, 2013

Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles

In many countries in the Global South, rapid urbanization is giving rise to normalized daily violence and low-level armed conflict in densely populated slums. A sizeable minority of the people coping with these conditions are refugees aged 15-25. The urban context presents unique barriers to the economic success of displaced young women and men, but also some significant advantages.

The Women's Refugee Commission has developed these guiding principles for building an enabling environment for urban refugee youth livelihoods, based on research in Cairo, Nairobi and Panama City.

  • Published: January 11, 2013
  • Modified: January 11, 2013

Preventing Gender-based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming

Women displaced by conflict or natural disaster adopt new strategies to provide for themselves and their families. These new strategies often place them at risk of gender-based violence. This guidance is based on promising practices on how to design safe economic programs and livelihood activities.

See also our e-learning tool http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/ … ivelihoods

  • Published: October 16, 2012
  • Modified: October 16, 2012

Arrested Development: Colombian Youth in Panama

There are numerous young Colombian refugees living in Panama's cities. But urban violence and the lack of work or educational opportunities hold them back. Learn about our findings and recommendations to improve their prospects.

  • Published: June 29, 2012
  • Modified: June 29, 2012

Market Assessment Toolkit User Guide

The Women’s Refugee Commission partnered with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to develop introductory training materials to accompany the Market Assessment Toolkit for Vocational Training Providers and Youth. Our new “Step-by-Step Introduction to the Market Assessment Toolkit” offers guidance on how to use and adapt the toolkit efficiently and effectively in any conflict or post-conflict setting.

Watch accompanying training videos:

Part I - Introduction to the Toolkit

Part II - Choosing Your Tools

Part III - Market Observation Tool

Part IV - Sector-Specific Interview Tool

  • Published: December 22, 2011
  • Modified: October 03, 2013

Dawn in the City: Guidance for Achieving Self-Reliance for Urban Refugees

More than 50 percent of refugees now live in urban areas. Eighty percent are hosted by developing nations and 42 percent reside in countries whose per capita GDP is below 3,000 USD. Arriving in cities that are unable to keep pace with the needs of their own burgeoning populations, most refugees live in poverty, in densely populated slums with few services. To help improve understanding of the reality urban refugees face, the Women’s Refugee Commission developed a guidance document that highlights both the livelihood and protection challenges and the opportunities for urban refugees.

  • Published: November 22, 2011
  • Modified: January 23, 2012

No Place to Go But Up: Urban Refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa

As part of a year-long study on urban refugee livelihoods, the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a field assessment trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, in March/April 2011. The assessment focused on refugees‘ economic coping strategies, associated protection risks and potential market opportunities. This study focused on Somali and Congolese refugees in the inner city and Zimbabwean refugees and poor South Africans in Alexander township.

  • Published: October 11, 2011
  • Modified: October 11, 2011

Bright Lights, Big City: Urban Refugees Struggle to Make a Living in New Delhi

As part of a year-long study on urban refugee livelihoods, the Women’s Refugee Commission undertook a field assessment trip to New Delhi, India, from late February to mid-March 2011. The assessment focused on refugees‘ economic coping strategies, protection risks associated with those coping strategies and potential market opportunities. Key stakeholders from the service provider, donor and refugee communities were consulted and the findings reflect an amalgamation of the many voices and perspectives gleaned through the interviews, project site visits and focus group discussions.

  • Published: July 22, 2011
  • Modified: July 22, 2011

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