They may flee their homes with just the clothes on their backs, but forcibly displaced people always carry something of considerable value: their knowledge, skills and experience.
Refugees have the potential to become self-reliant in their places of refuge, and often what they need are opportunities and assistance to tap this potential and build a platform for a better future.
Investing in people's livelihoods is also important because it helps cut the cost of aid and protection and enhances the chances for a sustainable durable solution, be it return, local integration or resettlement. Most importantly, it allows refugees to rebuild their lives in dignity.
Being forced from one's home does not mean that somebody must become totally dependent on aid in their place of exile, be it in a camp or an urban setting.
UNHCR assists in programmes related to livelihoods and self-reliance, including skills-building and capacity building, leadership training, project management and grant assistance.