Market-based livelihood interventions for refugees and host communities

Market-based livelihood interventions for refugees and host communities

Market-based livelihood interventions for refugees and host communities

17–21 August 2020
The course is available in English

More people than ever before are affected by forced displacement - by the end of 2018, the number of people who have been forced to flee from their homes as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations reached 70.8 million. Among them, nearly 25.9 million are refugees.

Providing refugees with an opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways to help them rebuild their lives, enable them to contribute to their host communities, and prepare them for what solution ultimately becomes available – whether it be a return home, or integration in their countries of asylum or in a third country.

Until recently, the vast majority of livelihoods programmes for refugees have focused primarily on skills development, not necessarily informed by market demand and dynamics. These interventions have led to little impact and have proven to be economically unsustainable in many cases and particularly when implemented on a large scale. Humanitarian and development actors are therefore increasingly recognising that livelihood interventions for refugees need to be based on a solid understanding of market trends and demand, and identify ways to develop markets for both, refugees and host communities.

Key features

ILO and UNHCR tools, case studies on market systems development in refugee contexts from various parts of the world


Highly interactive, case study based, spotlight talks and an open space on tools to support refugee livelihoods


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Introduction to the course

This training course supports practitioners working with refugee communities in the design of livelihood interventions based on a solid understanding of market trends and demand. It applies the "Making markets work for the poor" (M4P) approach and draws upon the experiences and lessons learnt from joint UNHCR-ILO pilot projects that have tested the added value of market assessments and value-chain analyses in promoting the livelihoods of refugees in different countries.

Who attends this course?

This course is of interest to anybody working at the intersection of humanitarian and development programming. It specifically targets practitioners responsible for livelihood activities in their own countries and projects.

What will I learn?

Day 1: Frameworks for regulating refugee economic inclusion. The market systems framework and its relevance for refugees

Day 2: Finding the right sector for refugees. Market systems analysis: analytical tools to identify market constraints and opportunities

Day 3: Market systems analysis and market systems strategy: creating a vision

Day 4: Market systems development: facilitation, partnerships, implementation. Articulating results chains.

Day 5: Open space: financial inclusion, business training, legal support

What will I be able to do?

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the M4P approach and its relevance for refugees,
  • design and facilitate market-based livelihood programmes that are economically viable and that comply with refugees’ protection needs, apply good practices from real-life case studies.
Where will I stay?

The course will take place on the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy.

Course hours on Monday 26 April from 9 AM to 17.15 PM.

Course hours on Friday April 24: 9 AM to 13 PM.

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The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States , to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

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