Youth Engagement and Youth in Peace and Security Communities of Practice Webinar
Strategies for Engaging Youth Refugees: Lessons from Niger
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (EDT)
The recording and slides from this webinar are available here.
Today marks the highest levels of displacement on record, with nearly 65.6 million people around the world having been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.Youth refugees face limited opportunities for education, livelihoods and civic engagement, factors that contribute to young peoples’ exclusion and disempowerment.
This webinar, organized by YouthPower Learning’s Youth Engagement and Youth in Peace and Security Communities of Practice, explores the role of youth engagement in refugee-serving programs to help increase young peoples’ capacity and agency to make decisions over the programs and policies that affect their lives. In Niger, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is taking a multisectoral approach to refugee youth employment in Tillaberry and Diffa—combining education, protection, and livelihoods. The project is moving into its second phase, focusing on opportunities for youth to engage in agricultural value chains.
Webinar participants will learn from IRC’s work with young refugees, and discuss how these insights can inform programs elsewhere. The webinar will also reference tools that have been created to incorporate refugees in research (e.g., UNICEF’s tool on Research with Disadvantaged, Vulnerable, and/or Marginalized Adolescents, which includes specific aspects of working with refugees).
- Tara Clerkin, Rural Livelihoods Officer, Economic Recovery and Development, IRC
- Local partner from IRC Niger Program
- Sarah Sladen, co-champion for YouthPower Learning’s Youth Engagement Community of Practice
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Tara Clerkin is the Rural Livelihoods Officer in the Economic Recovery and Development Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee. In this role, she provides technical assistance to IRC’s agriculture, livestock, and financial inclusion projects, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation. Before joining the IRC in October of 2016, she was the Manager of Program Impact with the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation operating an inclusive, farmer-first agribusiness model combining commercial operations with smallholder outreach and extension in Rwanda, Malawi, and Tanzania. In her role with CDI, Tara focused on monitoring and evaluation, strategy development, and partnership development. She joined CDI as a program associate in 2013 after interning with the Clinton Foundation in 2011 and has prior experience in fixed asset management and solar finance. She holds a B.B.A. in finance with minors in Peace Studies and Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a dual master’s degree in Economics and International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University.