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This research, commissioned as part of the Migrant Union initiative, examines the nexus of forced dis¬placement, the changing nature of work, and liveli¬hoods. It examined whether specific haracteristics of displacement present exciting possibilities to enhance and open up livelihood opportunities for displaced people – or whether the potential barriers, risks, and pitfalls are greater than the benefits. The findings clearly indicate that, yes, there are unique benefits of digital work for displaced people and those on the move. The report presents the achievements within emergent practice, the limits of these achievements, and barriers that need to be overcome to scale up what works.
Migrant Union is an on-going initiative established to advance approaches to enabling the growing numbers of displaced people to access decent, sustainable livelihoods. Created in mid-2018, the initiative has to date been curated by the Project Catalyst platform of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in close association with the Open Society Foundations. Migrant Union: Navigating the Great Disruption summarises the initiative’s work to date: (a) highlighting today’s practice; (b) the case for a more innovative, systemic approach to addressing the nexus between displacement and livelihoods, and (c) an ambitious set of proposals for transforming envisaged building blocks in practice.