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Economic inclusion of the poorest refugees through the Graduation approach
Description/achievement of initiative

UNHCR promotes economic inclusion of all refugees ensuring the poorest of them are not left out. The Graduation Approach is a sequenced, multi-sector intervention that supports the poorest households to achieve sustained income and move out of extreme poverty within a specifi.ed period. Since 2014, UNHCR in partnership with Trickle Up, has supported adoption of the Graduation Approach in refugee contexts. To date, it has been initiated in 8 countries (Egypt, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sudan). This commitment focuses on furthering an age and gender inclusive graduation approach in refugee contexts.

Implementation methodologies

In 2018, UNHCR will continue to support the 8 field operations adopting graduation approach together with their local partners to ensure achievement of impact. Support will be through missions or remotely in the following: - capacity building of local staff to implement the graduation approach - design of the graduation program and its different components - provision of relevant tools, e.g. manuals, monitoring tools, etc. - technical guidance throughout the implementation period The support is expected to enhance country operations and partners' capacity to successfully implement the graduation approach in their context and generate sustainable self-employment and wage-employment opportunities for poor refugees, including the youth, enabling them to be self-reliant. The graduation approach targets all ages among the poorest of refugees. However, the proportion of youth participating in the program is determined based on context-specific conditions in the respective country of implementation. UNHCR will support expansion of the graduation approach to other refugee contexts through joint fundraising with Trickle Up. Importantly, UNHCR will enhance advocacy efforts for the inclusion of refugees in similar programs implemented by other actors such as the World Bank, USAID, government agencies, etc.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Trickle Up
Progress reports
Goal 8
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
12 / 2018
8 youth employment stakeholders supported through technical assistance, capacity-building or peer learning
Staff / Technical expertise
Other, please specify
Given its role as a convener and facilitator rather than an implementer, UNHCR will increase efforts to advocate for the inclusion of refugees in similar programs.

Basic information
Time-frame: 2018-01-01 - 2018-12-31
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Trickle Up
Contact information
Ziad Ayoubi, Head of Livelihoods Unit, ayoubi@unhcr.org
United Nations