ILO delivers training on “Market-based Livelihoods Intervention for Refugees and Host Communities”

wcms_636072In the context of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) response to the refugee crises, training was delivered on “Market-based Livelihoods Intervention for Refugees and Host Communities”.

Organised in the ILO Office at Ankara, the training started by opening remarks from Mr. Numan Özcan, Director of the ILO Office for Turkey. The two-day training aims to support the academics and experts working in the field of education in identifying interventions to create livelihoods in line with market trends and demands.

The training is given under the projects “Improving Labour Market Integration of Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Turkey” and Job Creation and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Syrians under Temporary Protection and Host Communities in Turkey” implemented by the ILO Office at Ankara. Both projects aim to promote qualified, competent and productive labour to facilitate the access of Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey to decent jobs. A second objective of the projects is to support the creation of enabling environment for business development and economic development in various provinces and specific sectors to create new jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey. In line with this second objective, the training is organised to support the subject-matter academicians and experts in identifying interventions to create livelihoods in line with market trends and demands.

Covering the academics and researchers from Konya, Mersin, Hatay, Istanbul, Bursa and Adana, the programme also provides training to experts from the General Directorate of International Labour Force of Labour, Social Services, and International Labour Ministry as projects’ partner, as well as ILO staff.

ILO shares its international experience with academics and experts

The training is delivered by Daniela Martinez and Pranati Mehtha from the ILO Head Office in Geneva. ILO specialist in value chain and market systems development, Martinez worked in many countries including particularly Afghanistan, Rwanda, Mexico and Mozambique to support market-based initiatives, access to global value chains, and interventions in vulnerable countries.

ILO specialist in entrepreneurship and value chain development, Mehtha works as a technical expert in entrepreneurship and value chain development projects. In addition to projects underway in Egypt, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Ukraine, Mehtha works on developing global training materials for entrepreneurship.