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.
ILO and UNHCR tools, case studies on market systems development in refugee contexts from various parts of the world
Highly interactive, case study based, with an afternoon practicum to design a mobile phone application that addresses a financial inclusion challenge
Stay and study on the banks of the Po River
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.
This training is of interest to anybody who works at the intersection of humanitarian and development programming. It specifically targets practitioners responsible for livelihood activities in their own projects with little or no knowledge of the M4P approach.
Participants at previous editions of this training included staff from CARE International, UNHCR, CGAP, Belgian Development Agency, CARITAS, IFRC, Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, IOM and many more.
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
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
The course will take place on the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy.
Course hours on Sunday 26 April to Thursday 30 April 2020 from 9 AM to 17.15 PM.
Course hours on Friday April 30: 9 AM to 13 PM.