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    Livelihoods

    Working to help young people in Liberia get jobs

    After 14 years of civil conflict, Liberia is now at peace. However, much of the population is unemployed and lives in poverty. Many vocational training programs exist to help develop livelihood opportunities for Liberians. In 2010, the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered with a team of graduate students from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to identify ways to strengthen these programs for displaced youth in Liberia. The team developed tools to complement our existing materials that help vocational trainers link their programs with local market opportunities.

    Read more about the Women’s Refugee Commission Livelihoods Program and what we’re doing to ensure refugee women have safe access to the skills, assets and strategies they need to become self-reliant.

    Our Livelihoods Team in Nairobi

    This summer, the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Livelihoods team traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with refugees who are struggling to piece together a living in one of the city's largest slums, Eastleigh.

    More than half of the world’s refugees now live in urban areas.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission new research initiative focuses on identifying how urban refugees make a living in cities like Nairobi, and what kinds of protection risks they face.

    The Livelihoods team is developing recommendations on how to better ensure that refugees are safe and self-reliant living in urban areas

    Photography by Women's Refugee Commission, UNHCR and Mariangela Bizzarri

    Report on Interviews with Returnee Women and Girls in Herat Provonce, Afghanistan

    Sixty returnee women and girls from rural areas of Herat were interviewed between July 26th and August 7th, 2000.

    Earning Money/Staying Safe: The Links Between Making a Living and Sexual Violence for Refugee ...

    Second in a series of three reports looking at the intersection between refugee women's livelihoods strategies and their vulnerability to gender-based violence.

    Working Women at Risk: The Links Between Making a Living and Sexual Violence for Refugees in ...

    Third in a series of three reports looking at the intersection between refugee women's livelihoods strategies and their vulnerability to gender-based violence.

    Building Livelihoods: A Field Manual for Practitioners in Humanitarian Settings

    The long-awaited field manual developed to provide practitioners with usable information and helpful tools so that they can design and implement effective livelihood programs.

    Build the Peace: Creating Economic Opportunities in Post-Conflict Liberia

    As part of a three-year research project focused on promoting economic opportunities, often referred to as "livelihoods," for displaced women and youth, the Women's Commission undertook a field trip to Liberia to get an overview of economic interventions developed in the context of refugee and internally displaced person (IDP)return.

    Desperate Lives: Burmese Refugee Women Struggle to Make a Living in Malaysia

    First in a series of three reports looking at the intersection between refugee women's livelihoods strategies and their vulnerability to gender-based violence.

    Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War...

    Krio version of "Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War" (April 2008).

    Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War

    Six years after the war ended, young people in Sierra Leone continue to be marginalized and lack opportunities. The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children traveled to Sierra Leone in February 2008 as part of its Youth Initiative to assess young people's needs, what services appear to be working, gaps in programming for young people and what more is needed.

    "We Want to Work": Providing Livelihood Opportunities for Refugees in Thailand

    A delegation team traveled to Thailand from June 22 to July 3,2006, to assess current livelihood programs targeting refugee women and youth and to learn about emerging opportunities due to lifting of some Thai government restrictions on the ability of refugees to participate in livelihood activities.

    Living in Limbo: Burma's youth in Thailand see few opportunities to use education and vocational ski

    Our report on the educational needs of young people from Burma living in refugee camps in Thailand.