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Protracted displacement: Uncertain paths to self-reliance in exile


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Capacity development, Development & humanitarian aid, Internal Displacement, Livelihoods, Refugees/IDPs
Agency:Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI - Overseas Development Institute
Author(s):Crawford, N. et al.
Date published:September 2015

For many years, aid agencies, researchers, advocates for displaced people and refugees and IDPs themselves have all called for investments in self-reliance and livelihoods as an important step towards overcoming the costly inadequacies of the present aid regime. Despite the great deal of writing that has been done on the subject, there has been no systematic examination of the evidence on the effectiveness and impact of actual self-reliance and livelihood interventions. This paper aims to help fill that gap, first by drawing a snapshot of global protracted displacement and then by exploring how aid agencies and governments have contributed to sustainable livelihoods among the long-term displaced.

The findings of the paper are also drawn from four country case studies, in Sudan/Darfur, Colombia (IDPs), Uganda and Jordan (refugees).

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