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Refugee Livelihoods in Urban Areas: Identifying Program Opportunities Recommendations for Programming and Advocacy

Refugee Livelihoods in Urban Areas: Identifying Program Opportunities Recommendations for Programming and Advocacy

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Refugees in urban areas face a specific set of livelihoods problems, and in recent years many aid agencies have begun to try to address these problems by supporting refugees through vocational training, microcredit and other services. So far, however, there has been little evidence about which humanitarian programs work, and where opportunities for programming interventions lie. This study, funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, addresses this knowledge gap. Through case studies in Cairo, Tel Aviv and Quito, we analyzed the urban livelihoods context for refugees and identified programming opportunities and promising program initiatives. In each city, we sought to generate new ideas from related fields of inquiry, such as low-income urban development and youth employment,that could be adapted for refugees in countries of first asylum.

Our three case studies represent contrasting refugee policy contexts and livelihoods experience, and offer lessons for other host settings. Each case study begins with a review of existing livelihood programs in the country. This includes a mapping of commercial, humanitarian and governmental organizations that provide programming, advocacy or other resources that support the livelihoods of refugees, migrants and low-income citizens. We then interviewed asylum seekers and key informants to deepen our understanding of the livelihoods context in each country. Our main program recommendations, based on all three cases, are included as a stand-alone document.
Refugees in urban areas face a specific set of livelihoods problems, and in recent years many aid agencies have begun to try to address these problems by supporting refugees through vocational training, microcredit and other services. So far, however, there has been little evidence about which humanitarian programs work, and where opportunities for programming interventions lie. This study, funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, addresses this knowledge gap. Through case studies in Cairo, Tel Aviv and Quito, we analyzed the urban livelihoods context for refugees and identified programming opportunities and promising program initiatives. In each city, we sought to generate new ideas from related fields of inquiry, such as low-income urban development and youth employment,that could be adapted for refugees in countries of first asylum.

Our three case studies represent contrasting refugee policy contexts and livelihoods experience, and offer lessons for other host settings. Each case study begins with a review of existing livelihood programs in the country. This includes a mapping of commercial, humanitarian and governmental organizations that provide programming, advocacy or other resources that support the livelihoods of refugees, migrants and low-income citizens. We then interviewed asylum seekers and key informants to deepen our understanding of the livelihoods context in each country. Our main program recommendations, based on all three cases, are included as a stand-alone document.

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October 2012Strengthening the humanity and dignity of people in crisis through knowledge and practice
Refugee Livelihoods in Urban Areas:Identifying Program Opportunities
Recommendations for programming and advocacy 
 
©2012 Feinstein International Center. All Rights Reserved.Cover photo by Sandra ten ZijthoffFair use of this copyrighted material includes its use for non-commercial educationalpurposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news
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Feinstein International Center, 2012. “Refugee Livelihoods in Urban Areas: Identifying ProgramOpportunities. Recommendations for programming and advocacy.” Feinstein International Center,Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, USA.
Acknowledgements
These recommendations were derived from field research in Cairo, Tel Aviv and Quito. In each of
these cities, our researchers and their teams helped develop a deeper understanding of programand advocacy initiatives.
In Tel Aviv, Andrea Kruchik Krell managed the project, supported by Moussa Abdul, ZebibSultan and Sara Robinson.
In Cairo, Lorena Guzmán Elizalde and Najia Mohamed managed the project, supported byAhmed Mohamed Amin, Ahmed Naji, Basim Ibrahim, Biniam Habtemariam, Hannah Huser,Noha Osman, Rasha Salem and Santo Wol.
In Quito, Sandra ten Zijthoff managed the project supported by Christine Fabara, Alexan
-dra Lara, Lana Balyk and Jeremy Harkey.Rebecca Furst-Nichols provided overall project management, and Karen Jacobsen was the prin-cipal investigator and responsible for the full research project. The staff at Feinstein InternationalCenter managed the budget, travel and administrative procedures.The research was paid for by American taxpayers, and we are grateful to the US Department ofState’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) for funding this project. In particular
we benefited from the involvement and interest of Sarah Cross, our Program Officer. Financial
support for this research was also provided by the Swedish government (SIDA).The ideas, opinions, and comments expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessar-
ily represent or reect those of BPRM or SIDA.

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