AATZ Livelihood Programme for Urban Refugees

2017-01-02

By understanding that the past and mindset may cause a person to stuck on the crossroad and fail to make brilliant choices to unleash inner potentials and reach the destined future, TAPBDS experts designed a livelihood project for urban refugees to change their mindset towards business attitude. Asylum Access Tanzania (AATZ) hence contracted TAPBDS to implement this project which involves 20 Dar es Salaam based refugees. It was initiated to support urban refugees who are living legally in urban community (i.e. outside the refugee camps) to unleash their potentials, use skills, experience and talents to contribute to the development of host community. The project initially consisted of the assessment of beneficiary’s skills and interests prior to actual training. For the participating refugees to implement and show tangible outputs, TAPBDS using well-built understanding of the Tanzania private sector, extended the project by matching the skills and interest of refugees to place them on organizations and institutions on a three months internship. The structured internship has twofold benefits; interns are exposed to work and understand the Tanzania business environment and bring new skills and productivity in the organization therefore adding to their employability (i.e. being employment or self- employed). Interns are placed in service provision institutions such as schools, college; production centers such as soaps and carpets making, fish production etc. The intervention was launched in January and is expected to end in June 2017.