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Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth

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Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth

Time: April 10, 2013 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Location: InterAction, 1400 Sixteenth Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036
Website or Map: http://aiydlearningserieswrc.…
Event Type: panel, discussion
Organized By: Interaction
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2013

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Event Description

Catherine Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Josh Chaffin, Senior Program Officer, Economic Strengthening and Child Protection, Women’s Refugee Commission 

Sarah Sladen, Senior Manager for International Youth Development & The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD)

Young people escaping conflicts and persecution often flee to urban settings in search of economic security, food and shelter. The Women's Refugee Commission undertook an initiative to address the gap in attention and programming   targeted towards the specific needs of female and male refugee youth in urban areas. With limited access to secondary or tertiary education, and forced into the unregulated, informal market, young refugees face risks of exploitation and abuse, with little hope for future advancement, success or security.
The Women’s Refugee Commission will share the key findings and recommendations from its January, 2013 report on the Economic Empowerment of Refugee Youth, which draws in part from field assessments in Panama, Kenya and Egypt. We look forward to a good discussion with Assistant Secretary Wiesner and with partner organizations working in humanitarian settings. Colleagues from development organizations are also encouraged to attend, since the problems of refugee youth in urban areas are often similar to those faced by youth in the host country, and both populations could benefit greatly from closer collaboration between humanitarian and development actors. 

About the AIYD Learning Series
The AIYD Learning Series provides a forum for year-round engagement on practice and policy for international youth development. We work together with our members and the youth-development community to generate learning and recommendations across sectors, and provide opportunities for knowledge exchange and new partnerships. 

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