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Thematic Area Focus 5 - Economic Empowerment, Life Builders Initiative for Education and Societal Integration


Displacement affects the ability of individuals to pursue livelihood and socio-economic activities and denies them access to social security. Principle 22 (b) of the UN Guideline and Principles is therefore intended to ensure that IDPs are able to participate in economic activities without discrimination relative to the rest of the population.
According to this principle, "internally displaced persons, whether or not they are living in camps, shall not be discriminated against as a result of their displacement in the enjoyment of the following rights: [...](b) The right to seek freely opportunities for employment and to participate in economic activities."

Problems Often Encountered by IDPs

Displacement often leads to loss of jobs and livelihoods, separation from assets, resources and social networks that IDPs need to provide for themselves and their families, and even where jobs are available, discriminatory barriers are raised against IDPs.
If no sustainable intervention is put in place, IDPs tend to become dependent and reliant on unsustainable and unpredictable forms of assistance including unprotected work in the informal sector. Women and children are particularly more vulnerable to economic dependency and exploitation. On the long-run, IDPs who are not able to provide for themselves may lose whatever skills they originally had as well as the opportunities and will to regain self-sufficiency.

What We Set Out To Achieve

Maria Centre- This A skill acquisition center for IDP women which is based in one of the IDP camps- Camp David- and accessible to all IDP communities.
Joseph Centre- This A skill acquisition center for IDP men which is based in one of the IDP camps- Camp David- and accessible to all IDP communities.

Opportunities for Partnership

  • We estimate that training for each IDP will cost N50,000, for a total of N50m for first 1000 IDPs including seed grants.
  • We estimate that 15 Acre farm land will cost N200m
  • Individuals and families with undeveloped lands may wish to allow access for farming purposes.
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