Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth: Guidance for Nonformal Education and Livelihoods Development Policy and Practice

Report
from Women's Refugee Commission
Published on 09 Feb 2012

We are pleased to share with you a new report Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth: Guidance for Nonformal Education and Livelihoods Development Policy and Practice. Displaced youth have historically fallen through the cracks of humanitarian services and programming. This report synthesizes findings and recommendations from the multiyear (2008–2011), multicountry Displaced Youth Initiative, offering guidance on how to enhance nonformal education and livelihoods development opportunities for displaced youth.

Key findings of the report focus on effective program strategies, including:

  • Treating youth as a diverse population with unique needs (e.g., young women versus young men, in- versus out-of-school, married versus unmarried, single household heads, former child soldiers);

  • Offering a holistic package of services—basic literacy and numeracy, work readiness and life skills, and market-oriented vocational training;

  • Designing nonformal education to assist youth who have missed out on vital years of formal schooling to continue their academic learning;

  • Linking to the local labor market through job placement and apprenticeships.

The report recommends action along three priorities:

  1. Addressing service gaps;

  2. Identifying and removing barriers to access and creating entry points in programs; and

  3. Contributing to a global practice-based learning agenda on what works for displaced youth through program planning, monitoring and evaluation.

We hope you find this resource useful and welcome your feedback.

The report was made possible by the generous support of Unbound Philanthropy and the Frankel Family Foundation for the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Displaced Youth Initiative.