The Graduation Approach for Refugees

The Graduation Approach for Refugees


the graduation approach is an ambitious effort to address the multiple constraints of the extreme pole in a single approach graduation guides a person step-by-step through a personalized path to a graduation out of extreme poverty in 2002 brac PI need the graduation approach in Bangladesh in 2006 cGAP and the Ford Foundation began testing it through ten pilots in eight countries in 2016 the graduation approach is even more widespread as government’s in upwards of 15 countries are integrating it into their poverty alleviation and social protection programs the graduation approach is so widely adopted because it shows significant and sustainable positive impact in 10 key areas when combined these improvements make participants more resilient and ready to live a self-reliant life at UNHCR we face an increasing number of persons of concern every year since 2013 our fill teams and partners have been piloting the graduation approach in five countries it is becoming a powerful tool for the protection and self-reliance for the most vulnerable refugees unhcr uses graduation to help refugees overcome a set of challenges support for basic needs and livelihoods have long been a cornerstone for the humanitarian response in protracted situations what makes graduation so successful is that each refugee participant has a personal mentor the mentor actively works to link participants to existing offerings making existing programs more personalized and responsive to individual protection needs the mantle builds a relationship of trust and confidence with the participant to help them access services and rights receive the right livelihoods support at the right time all whilst following a clear roadmap towards graduation by a clear target date first their basic needs are met then they develop their skills and are guided to adopt healthy saving habits finally the mentors help them choose the best fit from two available paths on the first path they are guided to become an entrepreneur and access appropriate capital to start their business the other path is that of wage-earning employment the mentor matches the participants capacities to open positions in the local job market once participating refugees meet socio-economic legal political and social criteria they graduate and have a clear plan and greater capacity to build a brighter future the graduation approach works in any refugee situation where humanitarian assistance is provided and market-based livelihoods opportunities exist it relies and builds on existing capacity is flexible and cost-effective the only additional cost of adopting graduation on mental salaries in the current pilots these salaries do not exceed 15% of the regular overall cost of support per participant the graduation approach can be adopted to promote self and wage employment in a variety of economic sectors in emergency and protected situations in camp and out of camp and in rural and urban contexts for support or more information contact us at livelihoods at UNHCR dot org you

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