Since 2013, our field teams and partners, with the support of Trickle Up, have been piloting the Graduation Approach in five countries. It has become a powerful tool that enables vulnerable refugees to:
- Meet basic needs
- Develop skills
- Adopt healthy savings habits
- Determine a path of entrepreneurship or find employment opportunities in the local job market.
Under the Graduation Approach, each refugee participant has a personal mentor who actively works to link them to existing offerings. This makes existing programmes more personalised and responsive to individual protection needs. The mentor builds a relationship of trust and confidence with the participant, helping them to:
- Access services and rights
- Receive the right livelihoods support at the right time
- Follow a clear road map towards graduation by a clear target date.
Graduation caseworkers are trained on response and referral mechanisms, including when it comes to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), and are able to respond to many concerns through their close collaboration and consistent follow-up with the participants. Caseworkers are able to detect protection risks early and support refugees by ensuring they engage in safe and decent work.