Jobs make the difference national national stakeholder consultations: expanding economic opportunities for refugees and host communities
In partnership with Microsoft, UNDP convened National and Regional Stakeholder Consultations in January and March 2018, to identify and respond to existing challenges to the implementation of the recommendations made in the report ‘Jobs Make the Difference: Expanding Economic Opportunities for Refugees and Host Communities’. The stakeholders set out to ask: “How can governments, UN agencies, NGOs and CSOs and the private sector work together to better respond to a protracted crisis?’
The two consultations featured a full day of presentations and panel discussions with a range of experts and stakeholders addressing challenges and opportunities across the following thematic areas:
- Expanding national and regional trade opportunities, investment flows, and conducive regulatory environments;
- Developing improved coordination and data sharing to expand economic opportunities;
- Improving the employability of youth and women across the region;
- Utilising new research to produce evidence-based policy options for governments and the international community;
- Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as long-term opportunities for the private sector.
Both consultations outlined a clear need for greater analysis, aggregation, and access to data/information regarding traditional/emerging sectors for investments, labour market dynamics and regulation, trade operations, and private investment, as well as clear mapping of the services provided by actors promoting job creation.