Sustainable livelihoods for refugees in protracted crises

This report focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, and Palestinian refugees


Question for this helpdesk report:

  • What evidence is there about what has worked in supporting refugees in protracted crises to build sustainable livelihoods, with a particular focus on Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and especially Palestinian refugees?
  • Activities such as employability and entrepreneurship support, microfinance, and technical and vocational training are of particular interest.

This report summarises recent evidence on what works in supporting refugee livelihoods in protracted crises. Particular attention is given to the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in developing livelihoods for Palestinian refugees living inside and outside camps in the MENA region. Refugee livelihoods programming is understood here as activities that promote wage employment or self-employment through skills and vocational training, microfinance, business development and job placement.


McLoughlin, C. (2016). Sustainable livelihoods for refugees in protracted crises. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies, 13pp

Sustainable livelihoods for refugees in protracted crises

Published 12 June 2017