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Strategic Goals and Objectives

Livelihoods support contributes to four global strategic objectives and management priorities: Realizing the social and economic well-being of people of concern; attaining durable solutions; developing dynamic partnerships; and guaranteeing age, gender and diversity perspective in operations.

The strategic goal of livelihoods programming in UNHCR is self-reliance and to accelerate the achievement of durable solutions. Four strategic objectives promote this goal: Delivering effective field support; developing capacity throughout UNHCR; providing policy guidance and leadership; and constructing strategic partnerships.

The Livelihoods unit helps field offices to develop comprehensive multi-year strategies for self-reliance, conduct livelihoods assessments with a gender, age and diversity perspective, design quality livelihood projects, and secure funding.

Support is delivered through missions and desk support, and via global initiatives such as Women Leading for Livelihoods (WLL), and the Community Technology Access projects.

Funds are raised through thematic appeals with private and development donors.
A series of regional training courses will be launched in 2009, to enhance know-how on key livelihoods themes (assessment tools, indicators, Micro-finance), and develop a network of practitioners within UNHCR.

Operational capacity for livelihood programming is provided by in-house expertise, and an expert roster.

See Resources section below.
Guidance and technical inputs are constantly developed to inform policy, guidelines and debates, such as responding to the global food, climate, or financial crises, addressing urban displacement and protracted refugee situations.

Forthcoming policy and operational ("how-to") Guidance Notes include: urban responses; conducting assessments; developing multi-year strategies.
UNHCR maintains a long-term partnership with the ILO, and is active within the Early Recovery Cluster.

Partnerships with the Danish and Norwegian Refugee Councils support expert deployments, and knowledge management with the Women's Refugee Commission. New partnerships with development actors, NGOs, and the private sector are strengthening our work in Microfinance, Ethical Trade, and Information and Communication Technologies.