Ensuring Healthy Early Childhood Development and Sustainable Livelihoods for Youth

Challenge and Context

More than 80 million people worldwide have been displaced from their homes. Over 26 million of them are refugees, forced to flee their countries because of violence or persecution. 

Although the circumstances that lead to displacement are often traumatic and tragic, refugees themselves have tremendous resilience and perseverance. They contribute economically and socially to the communities where they are hosted. They have hope for the future and strive to rebuild their lives.

As Dany Bahar, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, points out, “Accepting refugees is a win for the receiving country and the communities that host them. By providing them with the right to work, to health, and to education, refugees can start productive lives in their host countries. The faster they can integrate into the labor force, the faster they can become productive members of society.”

What We Do: Invest in Early Childhood Development and Youth Livelihoods 

We are currently in a discovery phase to identify the most effective and evidence-based approaches to supporting the lives and livelihoods of children and families, exploring learning from refugees and host communities within Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Our strategy seeks to reduce inequities, build trust and respect for differences, and amplify the voices of refugees and displaced persons within the sector. We will support refugees and others who have been forcibly displaced, as well as the communities hosting them, including programs and research that foster healthy development of young children and sustainable livelihoods for youth and families.

We will continue to support disaster prevention and response in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about this work here.

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Meet the Refugees Team