Jobs for Peace & Resilience – Community Stabilization
RET’s approach aims to mainstream social cohesion and peaceful coexistence through equitable access to livelihoods and decent jobs. Equal access to livelihoods helps prevent outbreaks of social tension between communities experiencing a sense of inequality and injustice, including refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.
Socio-Economic Empowerment for Women – Turkey
RET is committed to protecting and building the resilience of young women and girls in crises and fragile contexts. RET is committed to enabling girls and young women affected by disasters, or in fragile contexts and protracted crises, by promoting the sustainable development goals (SDG’s); in particular, (SDG8) Decent Work, (SDG 3) to live healthy lives & to promote wellbeing for all and (SDG 5) to advance gender equality and women & girls’ empowerment.
The socio-economic empowerment program addresses the needs of refugee and vulnerable local women and their families’ living in semi-urban and peripheral areas, by (1) strengthening their self-reliance (2) building their employability profile (3) improving their income generation prospects and (4) Enterprise/entrepreneurial support (Including Coops); in tandem with raising their awareness regarding gender-based violence & sexual and reproductive health matters. The program also promotes conflict mitigation and streamline social cohesion with the ultimate aim of Inclusion and Integration.
Workshops in (1) Handmade Soap Production; (2) Natural Dolls Making Workshop, (3) Natural Dyeing and Wood Printing Workshops are offered to local and refugee women, supporting them in setting up small businesses to sell their handmade products and generate sustainable income. The program decreased the vulnerability of refugee women through support mechanisms that would increase their employability and economic productivity and provide them with a more protective social environment. Learn more about Leap Natural Project…
RET commits to replicate its lead approach for the socio-economic empowerment of young women and women in contexts of fragility (WSEE, Turkey) to reach increased numbers of refugee and displaced women, in particular, young women worldwide.
Community Stabilization through Decent Work – Afghanistan
In the 18th year of the war in Afghanistan, five armed conflicts between insurgents, international, and government forces are still taking place. The security situation is highly volatile, and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. The year 2019 is marked by intensified Taliban insurgency and emerging Islamic State threat with Taliban militants now controlling more territory than ever since the outbreak of the war in 2001. Alone in the year 2019, 217,000 Afghans have been newly displaced internally, and around 294,000 people have returned to Afghanistan so far this year.
After years of exile, returnees bring new visions of the future, socio-political views, values, and understandings of Afghan identity to the country, leading to tensions and conflicts with the host society. Their sudden return intensifies competition for land, access to resources, and job opportunities against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s high unemployment rate. Similar tensions and conflicts also arise with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who make up a large part of the population due to the ongoing armed conflict in various parts of the country. Social cohesion is hampered between the host community, the returnees, and IDPs across the provinces and especially in the extremely densely populated Dasht-e- Barchi district in Kabul, where a high rate of IDPs and returnees have difficulties in reintegrating socio-economically.
RET’s interventions in Afghanistan
RET started assisting Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan in 2001 and after that supported the repatriation process into Afghanistan until 2006/7 after which until today it has been supporting Afghan returnees, IDPs and host communities.
SDG 8 (Decent Work) is an essential element of the triple nexus RET is using and represents RET’s approach in mitigating the socio-economic adversities using a multisectoral approach in multiple key areas of intervention.
Employment Opportunities & Enhancing Skills for Employability:
Small Business Training, Entrepreneurial Skills, Focused Training, Financial Literacy and Micro-Credit Training, Job Counselling.
Education: Literacy, Numeracy Life Skills, Accelerated Learning, University Entrance Exam Preparatory Courses.
Peace: Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention programs, Focused Group Discussion, Community Social Events.
Protection: Life Skills Training, and Basic Healthcare.
To date, RET has directly supported 103,987 participants and indirectly benefitted over 1 million beneficiaries through 39 projects.
In 2013, RET’s CEO & President Ms Zeynep Gunduz, was awarded both the Award from the Upper House of the National Assembly of Afghanistan and the Massoud National Hero Medal for its concern for the plight of Afghan refugees and returnees.
In 2019, RET’s Area Director and Afghanistan Country Director were awarded a certificate from the Islam Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugee and Repatriations Office of Minister for their services to train Afghan refugees, returnees and IDPs and their enormous achievements toward these people.