NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two international agencies on Monday launched a
new project to create income generation opportunities for
refugees and Kenyan youth in the Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya.
Employment and Skills Initiative (RESI) launched by the
International Trade Center (ITC) and Norwegian Refugee Council
(NRC) uses market-based incentives to foster sustainable
livelihoods for refugees and members of the host community, said
agencies in a joint statement issued in Nairobi.
The agencies said
RESI allows the refugees and host community to gain commercially
viable skills while enhancing youth employment and
“The RESI project
will enable the NRC to work more closely with all development
partners, including the Garissa County Government and to have a
holistic approach in our business and livelihood sector
interventions,” said Andrea Bianchi, NRC Head of Program-Kenya.
Bianchi said the aim
of improving the livelihoods of both refugees and members of the
host community is a crucial component of the project and creates
wider value in Dadaab.
home to about 250,000 Somali refugees, was opened in 1991 as a
temporary shelter for people fleeing civil war in neighboring
Through RESI, ITC,
which is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and
the UN, will work with a diverse range of partners to develop
trade-led, market-based solutions to create work opportunities
for young people in Dadaab in the online freelancing and home
“What is exciting
about RESI is that it combines the strengths and resources of
humanitarian and development partners, namely NRC and ITC to
promote long-lasting solutions in protracted refugee situations,
such as Dadaab,” said ITC Project Manager Vivian Marcelino.
officials, by enhancing the ability of refugees and host
community members to connect to domestic and international value
chains, RESI will provide sustainable income-generating
opportunities for youth and women in Dadaab and improve their
abilities to be self-reliant.
Siyad Samatar, NRC’s
area manager for north-eastern Kenya, said the project
strengthens the harmonious coexistence of the two communities.
The study which
included a site visit to Dadaab, interviews and focus groups
that was launched ahead of the project launch identified a
significant demand for digital services, including online
freelancing in work such as basic computer services, data entry,