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UNHCR Decentralised Livelihood Evaluations Synthesis Report (2019)

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Based on five country studies: Djibouti, Malaysia, Mauritania, Senegal and South Sudan

Key findings

  1. Livelihood activities provide important protection and psychosocial benefits, but the activities were generally small in scale and had limited impact on persons of concern (PoC) livelihood outcomes and income.

  2. UNHCR is, in some cases, missing opportunities to advocate for funding and for PoC access to services, which would have a bigger impact than small-scale livelihood programming.

  3. In the transition to implement the 2019-2023 Concept Note and the forthcoming strategy on livelihoods and economic inclusion (LEI), key livelihood staff are still needed in strategic roles in operations, as is enhanced monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity.

  4. UNHCR is highly knowledgeable and well-regarded in its understanding of PoC needs and capacities and well-suited to advocate and build capacity among partners around PoC rights and economic inclusion.