You can help displaced people build a better future for themselves and their families

After fleeing war or persecution, the opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways people can rebuild their lives with dignity.

UNHCR promotes the economic inclusion of refugees and displaced people by advocating for their right to work and providing access to the resources, training and services they need.

With your support, Australia for UNHCR has funded several livelihood projects to help refugees make a safe and sustainable living. The latest of these is a Vocational Training Centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda, which will offer accredited training for young refugees and locals in a range of trades and services. 

Through safe work, displaced people can provide for their families’ basic needs, achieve self-reliance and contribute to society.

Your donations in action

A woman works at a briquette plant in Kyaka II refugee settlement, Uganda

Students attend a hairdressing class at the Vocational Training Centre in Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda

A young woman works on her keyrings as part of the ‘Keyring Project’ in Kampala, Uganda

Kwatina and Laity show the bags they have made from recycled materials

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Providing Livelihoods

The opportunity to work and earn a living is one of the most effective ways for displaced people to rebuild their dignity. UNHCR supports livelihood programs to foster skills development and self-sufficiency among refugee populations. These programs also allow refugees to contribute to their host economy, creating strong social ties with the community.

Providing Technology

UNHCR’s innovation unit makes use of new technologies to improve services for refugees, both in emergency situations and as part of ongoing support. These projects include leveraging social media platforms to help refugees stay connected with each other and with service providers. They include solar power initiatives to increase energy efficiency in camps and the implementation of modern agriculture techniques to improve farming yields.

Providing Cash Assistance

Most refugees live in places where they have access to markets and services in the same way that local communities do. Providing refugees with cash, by way of a secure biometric system, enables them to make decisions about their personal needs. This also helps prevent refugees being forced into desperate measures such as undertaking dangerous journeys, taking children out of school or survival sex. Cash assistance also helps refugees to support the local economy, aiding social integration.

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