Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities (PROSPECTS)

The global reality of protracted displacement

While forcibly displaced persons face specific vulnerabilities, including psychological trauma, lack of opportunity and protection risks, host communities struggle to pursue their own development efforts in an environment that has been transformed by a large influx of newcomers.

As displacement has become increasingly protracted, responses are focusing more on durable solutions backed by more dignified, inclusive and comprehensive programmes for refugees and the communities that host them.

These responses need to be rapidly consolidated through significant international support built on a foundation of robust and effective partnerships that maximize synergies and leverage comparative advantages. With this in mind, a new Partnership initiative has been launched, spearheaded by the Government of the Netherlands and bringing together the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.


  1. Supporting entrepreneurial pathways for refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and host community members in Iraq

    02 June 2023

    Within its broader efforts to expand access to finance in Iraq, particularly for Internally Displaced Persons and refugees, the ILO under the PROSPECTS partnership, has been active in supporting entrepreneurial pathways for refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and host community members.

  2. Review of national policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks and practice

    22 May 2023

    A baseline study on the right to work and rights at work for refugees - Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Uganda, Sudan

  3. The humanitarian development nexus in action: A review and mapping of market-led approaches in forced displacement contexts

    16 May 2023

    This report provides insights and lessons learned on the implementation of market-based approaches in displacement contexts.

  • "We need to make sure that when the ILO intervenes to provide market access for refugees, that we also have very much in our minds the needs of host communities, which are already suffering from difficult labour market conditions and high levels of unemployment."

    Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General