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Finding Economic Opportunity in the City: Lessons from IRC’s Cash and Livelihoods Programmes in Cities within Lebanon and Jordan

9 July 2016 — By International Rescue Committee

This report looks at IRC’s experiences in cash assistance and livelihoods programming in Lebanon and Jordan in the context of the Syrian regional response. It explores opportunities and challenges inherent to cash and livelihoods programming, identifying good practices and ways to integrate other relevant sectors in order to produce better outcomes for clients. Specifically, it addresses the following question:

How do humanitarians support sustainable livelihoods among crisis-affected populations comprised of people with varying skill sets, educational backgrounds, and needs as they reside in complex urban areas that already fail to address the needs of the most vulnerable?