Economic Integration into Host Communities in Times of Crisis

Dr. Jana Kuhnt (German Development Institute) and Kirsten Schüttler (World Bank)
Publication language
Date published
14 Dec 2020
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany) and German Institute for Development Evaluation
Plans, policy and strategy
Cash-based transfers (CBT), COVID-19, Education, Forced displacement and migration, Internal Displacement, humanitarian action, Protection, human rights & security, Recovery and Resillience, Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG)

Report funded by the German Government  focusing on how to ease the impact of Covid-19 on displaced populations in low- and middle-income countries. Key messages from the report include:

•The Covid-19 pandemic aggravates existing challenges faced by displaced populations in economically integrating into the host country.

•Cash and in-kind transfers, as well as Covid-19-adapted public works programmes, are promising tools to ease immediate adverse impacts.

•Integrated approaches that cut across sectors are key to addressing the multiple adverse impacts on the displaced.

•Virtual forms of training and mental-health programmes can foster employability. Particularly here, but also more generally, digital infrastructure should be enhanced.

•During economic reopening,(self-)employment should be supported through one-off grants or credits and innovative matching formats.

Dr. Jana Kuhnt (German Development Institute) and Kirsten Schüttler (World Bank)