Published by
WUSC / Mastercard Foundation

This study presents an assessment of the labour market system responsible for creating sustainable digital employment opportunities for refugee youth in Kenya. 

Young people are among those most disproportionately affected by displacement, with those under the age of 35 accounting for just over half of the global refugee population. Whether in camps or urban settings, refugee youth face challenges gaining access to employment - from legal constraints regarding the right to work or freedom of movement, to stiff competition with host communities seeking similarly scarce employment opportunities. Within this context, the digital economy has emerged as a promising vehicle for matching the skills of young refugees with existing jobs.

In this new report, carried out in the context of WUSC’s DREEM Partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, an assessment of the labour market system for sustainable digital employment  for refugee youth in Kenya is presented - with an analysis of the opportunities and challenges associated with this market for refugee youth, with a focus on women.

The report provides recommendations that are oriented around cultivating an enabling environment for the creation, attainment, and maintenance of digital employment opportunities for the target group.