• Cash & Livelihoods

    Peter Biro

    Research & Resources

    Reports on Cash and Livelihoods

    Cash and Livelihoods

    Our cash and livelihoods program works to ensure that displaced women and girls have safe economic opportunities to meet their basic needs, to recover from crisis and conflict, and to achieve self-reliance.

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    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.

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    The Living Ain’t Easy, Urban Refugees in Kampala

    This report, based on interviews with 281 refugees and service providers, highlights the constraints and opportunities to improve the livelihoods of urban refugees in Kampala, Uganda. The report is a part of a larger one-year study to understand the economic coping strategies, protection concerns and the local economic environment of urban refugees.

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    Desperate lives: urban refugee women in Malaysia and Egypt

    The future of displacement is clearly urban – and clearly fraught with challenges. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) has recently undertaken research into the risks and challenges confronting refugee women in urban areas – as well as the opportunities they gain – as they seek to provide for themselves and their families in settings where international assistance is minimal.

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    Livelihoods and the Humanitarian Response in Haiti

    This guidance document highlights general action and specific recommendations for humanitarian assistance practitioners engaged in livelihood programs, such as cash-for-work programming, agrarian interventions and financial support.

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    GBV Livelihoods

    On 27th January 2010 the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein hosted a panel discussion with the Women’s Refugee Commission on: The Link between Livelihoods and Genderbased Violence in Displacement Settings.

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    Market Assessment Toolkit for Vocational Training Providers and Youth

    This toolkit contains guidance on how to link vocational training programs to market opportunities. This is a revised version of the 2008 toolkit. 
    Tell us what you think of this tool! 
    Market Assessment Toolkit Feedback Survey Also available: Market Assessment Toolkit User Guide. French synopsis of the toolkit: Lier les programmes de formation professionnelle aux opportunit?s de march?: un outil d'?tude de march? pour les prestataires et les jeunes. Read our synopsis of the field-testing of the Market Assessment Toolkit.

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    Rebuilding Lives: Refugee Economic Opportunities in a New Land

    While only a small percentage of refugees from around the world get resettled to a third country each year, much can be learned from them about the services that were available to them during displacement and how those services assisted or failed to assist with integration and adjustment to their new country. In July 2007, the Women's Commission visited the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) resettlement program in San Diego, California, studying the provision of and preparation for economic opportunities for resettled refugees.

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