From Guidelines to Practice: A Market-Based Approach to Post-Covid Recovery in Forced Displacement Settings

Recording of the webinar (Thursday 30th of July 2020) 
This year, World Refugee Day on the 20th of June fell under very peculiar circumstances, to say the least. The world’s attention has turned towards taking stock of the massive consequences of the pandemic and on defining recovery responses to get economies, enterprises and labour markets back on their feet. Refugees and displaced people are rarely mentioned in the recovery discourse, however, the crisis has disproportionally affected them, exacerbating their already precarious livelihoods and those of the communities hosting them.

How can the recovery response take into account the specific needs of refugees and host communities? What role can be played by the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus in the immediate and long-term post-COVID-19 response? 

To brainstorm on these questions, the ILO Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) team and UNHCR Refugee Livelihoods team have organized a webinar to discuss how a Market Systems Development (MSD) approach can provide a useful framework for actors in this triple nexus to plan strategic, market-driven interventions to build back better, more resilient and inclusive economies in forced displacement settings.

This webinar has been organized under the framework of the ILO-UNHCR Joint Action Planon advancing employment opportunities and decent work for refugees, other forcibly displaced persons and national workers. Panelists shared their reflections and first-hand experiences from the field on how they are adapting their market-based approaches and programmes to contribute to the post-COVID-19 jobs and livelihoods recovery for refugees and host communities.

Main speakers:
  • Nadja Nutz, AIMS Technical Officer (PROSPECTS), ILO Lebanon
  • Robert Nyambaka, Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, UNHCR Ethiopia
With introductions from:
  • Fernando Martinez Cure, AIMS Officer, ILO HQ
  • Ziad Ayoubi, Head of Livelihoods Unit, UNHCR HQ