Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS)


The global reality of protracted displacement

While forcibly displaced persons face specific vulnerabilities, including psychological trauma, lack of opportunity and protection risks, host communities struggle to pursue their own development efforts in an environment that has been transformed by a large influx of newcomers.

As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are focusing more on durable solutions backed by more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them.

These responses need to be rapidly consolidated through significant international support built on a foundation of robust and effective partnerships that maximize synergies and leverage comparative advantages. With this in mind, a new Partnership initiative has been launched, spearheaded by the Government of the Netherlands and bringing together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

Learn more about this innovative partnership that places people at the core of its mission.


  1. Improving prospects, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence for forcibly displaced persons and host communities

    12 April 2021

    ILO-led panel discussion highlights challenges and opportunities in promoting social cohesion and peaceful coexistence under the PROSPECTS partnership, through improving access to education, decent work and protection for displaced populations and the communities that host them.

  2. Improving access to water and healthcare in East Darfur and West Kordofan: Contractors training kicks off in Sudan

    06 April 2021

    On 21 March 2021, the ILO kicked off a three-week training course for local contractors from the East Darfur and West Kordofan States. The theoretical component of the training, held in Khartoum with a hybrid format of online and in-person lectures, aims to equip local contractors with labour-based and cost-effective construction techniques. These techniques have a significant capacity to absorb community workers in need of livelihood opportunities.

  3. Training programme that “Empowers, Skills, Employs”

    01 April 2021

    Having gained a more detailed understanding of the challenges, ILO PROSPECTS Kenya partnered with Turkana and Garissa county governments, the East Africa Institute of Welding (EAIW) and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) to deliver a dual-learning welding skills programme accessible to refugee and host communities.


  1. Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on labour markets in Ethiopia: A case study of the Somaliand Tigray regions

    09 April 2021

    Commissioned by the ILO, Samuel Hall, a social enterprise that conducts research in countries affected by issues of migration and displacement, assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on displacement-affected labour markets in targeted PROSPECTS intervention areas in the Somali and Tigray regional states, to gather evidence on current local socio-economic environments and inform the design of relevant and context-specific measures.

  2. ILO’s Financial Inclusion Strategy in Iraq

    17 March 2021

    Based on a mapping study of Iraqi’s financial sector conducted during PROSPECT’s inception phase and in close discussions and consultation with the Central Bank of Iraq and the Iraqi Company for Banking Guarantees, the ILO developed an innovative collaboration model in response to the identified challenges in access to finance and within entrepreneurship ecosystem in Iraq.

  3. Fraught but Fruitful: Risks, Opportunities, and Shifting Gender Roles in Syrian Refugee Women’s Pursuit of Livelihoods in Lebanon with Additional Observations from Jordan and Iraq

    15 March 2021

    This report was commissioned by UN Women, ILO and UNHCR to provide evidence-based research that can inform current and future livelihoods programming and promote pathways to increase the safe, dignified and sustainable participation and empowerment of displaced women in the labour force.

  • "We need to make sure that when the ILO intervenes to provide market access for refugees, that we also have very much in our minds the needs of host communities, which are already suffering from difficult labour market conditions and high levels of unemployment."

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General