Impact evaluation

Evaluation of market systems development interventions for refugee and host communities in Jijiga, Ethiopia

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This one-year project to promote livelihoods of forcibly displaced persons and host communities focused on improving livelihoods in the livestock sector in the Somali Region of Ethiopia using the Approach to Inclusive Market Systems (AIMS) developed jointly by ILO and UNHCR.

Project interventions focused on improving the access of refugee and host community livestock herders to market information, regional trader networks and a newly opened local slaughter house as well as on improving entrepreneurial and business skills through the Start and Improve Your Business Entrepreneurship (SIYB) Training Program.

The evaluation finds that the interventions contributed to improving linkages between refugee and host community livestock herders and regional traders, thus enhancing access to better economic opportunity.