Short descriptionEthiopia hosts nearly 900 000 forcibly displaced, most from South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea. Many refugees in Ethiopia find themselves in protracted situations due to deteriorating security situations in their countries of origin, which impede swift return home. The increasing protractedness of refugee situations has, at a global level, spurred recognition that development interventions, wherever legally possible, need to focus on promoting the economic inclusion and self-sufficiency of refugees alongside their hosting communities, as reflected in the UN New York Declaration on refugees and migrants from September 2016.
The ILO project “Promoting Livelihoods of Forcibly Displaced Persons and Host Communities in Jijiga, Ethiopia”, launched in January 2017 and financed by the German Ministry for Development Cooperation, seeks to adapt and test tools and approaches to promote livelihoods of forcibly displaced persons and their host communities in the Jijiga Region. As a first step, the project conducted an assessment that will inform the project strategy and determine interventions to a) develop skills and capacities of the target group to engage with the market and b) develop sectors and value chains with potential to diversify opportunities available to the target group. The overarching objective is to then derive recommendations for tools and approaches to promote livelihoods in context of forced displacement more broadly.
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