Legal and Structural Barriers to Livelihoods for Refugees

15 Jan 2019

This webinar explores the legal and structural barriers to refugees’ entry into markets in two contexts. Oxfam will explore findings from an emergency livelihoods study for returnees in Afghanistan and the Norwegian Refugee Council will share lessons and insights from their work supporting refugees to establish businesses in Kakuma, Kenya.

From experiences in Afghanistan, the webinar will:

  • Present a recent study of programme strategy in Kunduz and Nangarhar that has generated questions on how we can remain impactful and relevant
  • Discuss key considerations for applying market sensitive approaches to emergency livelihoods programming
  • Explore what can feasibly be achieved by humanitarians when applying market systems approaches in fragile settings

Based on experiences in Kakuma, we will:

  • Outline the role of locally issued business documentation in helping refugees to achieve a degree of formalisation for their businesses
  • Describe our work on mapping refugee businesses in Kakuma and improving refugees’ access to business documentation and legal structures that support business development
  • Discuss the effect of restricted movement on access to markets and ways in which movement restrictions can be incrementally lessened

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