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Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth: Guidance for Nonformal Education and Livelihoods Development Policy and Practice


Displaced youth have historically fallen through the cracks of humanitarian services and programming. Little guidance has existed to date on their needs to build skills for developing safe and dignified livelihoods, and to contribute to the recovery, peace and stability of their societies.

The Women’s Refugee Commission’s Displaced Youth Initiative was a multiyear (2008–2011), multicountry advocacy research project that aimed to increase the scope, scale, and effectiveness of education and livelihoods development programs for conflict affected, displaced youth ages 15 to 24 who are out of school.

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