REHABILITATION AND LIVELIHOOD RESTORATION FOR REFUGEE COMMUNITIES
Over 65 million people are displaced (more than 21m of whom are refugees); more than 75% of all displaced people live outside camps, (UNHCR, 2016); Forced displacement is often a reality for multiple generations and most refugees run to countries near to their home country. Relief efforts to refugees cannot be credible or effective unless it incorporates effective rehabilitation and livelihood restoration that reflects the perspectives of refugees. Understanding refugee rehabilitation and livelihood strategies is a prerequisite to improved interventions by relief agencies. Over the years, assistance to refugees by host governments and relief agencies has not been implemented in ways that accord with the lives, priorities and development needs of the refugees. It is important for Host governments to refugees, relief agencies and host communities to work together to ensure that refugees are properly resettled, integrated, rehabilitated and offered sustainable livelihood restoration options.