Host Community Led Skills Development

by Rya G. Kuewor

from RIO (Refugee Integration Organisation)

Our solution

Our solution is screen printing and practicals skills training. We found the local community lacked screen printing and other skills on sufficient scales, and so we facilitated local community led training for refugees to do this and they served in the town they live in. The thinking around it was to develop something the community lacked in the form of a product or service. And in the end, the solution was suggested by the refugees who were to receive the training.

What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community

The solution focusses on economic gaps/deficiencies in host communities and trough community and refugee surveys, then locally trains refugees to bridge them. The host communities are then willing to pay for the services provided by the refugees. In our test community, refugees are seen as contributors and not takers, and this increases host community and refugee economic exchanges.

How has it been implemented and what impact it had

We went to a local practitioner of the skill we wanted to teach, and had the refugees take on apprenticeships with them. This created a further cohesion and harmony because our approach fostered social acceptance and harmony. The impact was social acceptance from both the local community and the refugees, economic gains, social validation for the refugees from the locals themselves because the refugees were willing to help themselves and serve their community.

Our Skills and Experience

We are a team of educators, researchers, analysts, and entrepreneurs who are workers of the World Bank, speakers at the World Economic Forum, former consultants for EPFL, and innovators and courseware developers across 4 African countries and in 4 international and local languages. We have worked in education, economic integration, and social inclusion for 7 years and in rural and marginalised communities, including, refugee camps, slums, and super low-income villages.