Economic Opportunity for Refugees in Central Sahel
In 2022 the Central Sahel was the fastest growing displacement crisis in the world, with ramifications for the wider West Africa region. Yet the ability for refugees and IDPs to play an active role in the region’s economy continues to be severely limited.
We collaborated with the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) on a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation to conduct an assessment of economic opportunities and challenges for refugee and displaced youth. Over a seven month period we deployed a nine-person research team to assess entry-points for economic integration of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the Central Sahel and wider West Africa.