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Education for Crisis-Affected Youth: A Literature Review
INEE Adolesent and Youth Task Team, December 2011

Living in Limbo: Iraqi Young Men and Women in Jordan
Women's Refugee Commission, December 2009

Life in the Promised Land: Resettled Refugee Youth Struggle in the U.S.
Women's Refugee Commission, October 2009

Dreams Deferred: Educational and Skills-building Needs and Opportunities for Youth in Liberia
Women's Refugee Commission, September 2009

Livelihoods Program Fact Sheet
Women's Refugee Commission, September 2009
A fact sheet on the Women's Refugee Commission Livelihoods Program.

Displaced Youth Program Fact Sheet
Women's Refugee Commission, September 2009
A fact sheet on Women's Refugee Commission Displaced Youth Program.

Detention and Asylum Program Fact Sheet
Women's Refugee Commission, September 2009
A fact sheet on Women's Refugee Commission Detention and Asylum Program.

Education for Refugee Children Fact Sheet
Women's Refugee Commission, September 2009
A fact sheet on the estimated 22 million children and young people who are displaced by conflict who are often unable to attend school.

Refugee Girls: The Invisible Faces of War
Women's Refugee Commission, May 2009
The untold story of the millions of refugee girls whose voices are almost never heard. This is the result of a multi-year project dedicated to late executive director Mary Diaz.

INEE Guidance Notes on Teacher Compensation
Women's Refugee Commission and INEE Secretariat, March 2009
These Guidance Notes address a critical challenge to quality education and provide a suggested framework for compensating teachers. Intended for education authorities and staff within UN agencies, teachers unions, community-based organizations, NGOs and donors.
Also available: Teacher Compensation User's Guide and Feedback form

Too Little for Too Few: Meeting the Needs of Youth in Darfur
Women's Commission, December 2008
The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children conducted an assessment of educational and skills training opportunities available to displaced youth in Darfur.

Living in Limbo: Burma's youth in Thailand see few opportunities to use education and vocational skills
Women's Commission, October 2008
Our report on the educational needs of young people from Burma living in refugee camps in Thailand.

Market Assessment Toolkit for Vocational Training Providers and Youth
Women's Commission, September 2008
How to link vocational training programs to market opportunities.
Tell us what you think of this tool! Market Assessment Toolkit Feedback Survey Also available: French synopsis of the toolkit: Lier les programmes de formation professionnelle aux opportunit←s de march←: un outil d'←tude de march← pour les prestataires et les jeunes. Read our synopsis of the field-testing of the Market Assessment Toolkit.

Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War (Krio version)
Women's Commission, August 2008
Krio version of "Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War" (April 2008).

Youth and Sustainable Livelihoods: Linking Vocational Training Programs to Market Opportunities in Northern Uganda
Women's Commission, July 2008
Vocational training (VT) is at the intersection of economic recovery, education and rehabilitation and reintegration. It is uniquely positioned to meet the demands of youth and broader goals of economic reconstruction in post-conflict situations. This report looks at VT in northern Uganda.
Also available: Executive Summary and Market Assessment Toolkit. Tell us what you think of the toolkit: Market Assessment Toolkit Feedback Survey. Read our synopsis of the field-testing of the Market Assessment Toolkit.

Executive Summary - Youth and Sustainable Livelihoods: Linking Vocational Training Programs to Market Opportunities in Northern Uganda
Women's Commission, July 2008
Vocational training (VT) is at the intersection of economic recovery, education and rehabilitation and reintegration.

Country at a Crossroads: Challenges Facing Young People in Sierra Leone Six Years after the War
Women's Commission, April 2008
Six years after the war ended, young people in Sierra Leone continue to be marginalized and lack opportunities. The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children traveled to Sierra Leone in February 2008 as part of its Youth Initiative to assess young people's needs, what services appear to be working, gaps in programming for young people and what more is needed.

Education during humanitarian emergencies: The situation of displaced children and youth in Darfur, Sudan
Population Council and Women's Commission, March 2008
The Women's Commission is partnering with the Population Council to document how education can help protect children in conflict situations. Darfur will serve as the case study for the two-year qualitative and quantitative research study. The research will make the case for increased funding for education from the onset of an emergency to ensure the greatest protective impact.

Your Right to Education: A handbook for refugees and displaced communities
Women's Commission, December 2007
The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children created this handbook to raise awareness of everyone's right to education through drawings that readers at all levels can understand. We hope that you will share Your Right to Education with children, young people and adults in your community to help them better understand the right to education, how it fits with other human rights and the benefits that education may bring. We also hope that Your Right to Education will serve as a tool to discuss these issues in depth and to encourage action to expand and improve education in displaced communities.

The booklet is also available in Greek and Farsi. We also have a User Guide for parents and educators, which is also in Arabic, French, Greek and Farsi. Please also view our Activities Guide for more ideas on how to share Your Right to Education with children and young people in your community. This is the second in a series of tools that the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and Pearson Foundation developed to improve access to quality education for displaced communities. The first book, Right to Education during Displacement: A resource for organizations working with refugees and internally displaced persons, is available here.

"Will you listen?": Young Voices from Conflict Zones
Women's Commission, Global Youth Action Network, UNICEF and UNFPA, September 2007
This youth report will accompany the official 10 year Graca Machel Strategic Review report that will be submitted to the UN General Assembly on October 17, 2007. It compiles the views and recommendations from more than 1,700 young people from 92 countries through focus group discussions (including Women's Commission research in northern Uganda and Sierra Leone) and an online questionnaire.

Protecting Children in Armed Conflict: Blueprints for Compliance
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, June 2007
This report is a call to action urging the UN Security Council members, the UN System, regional bodies, civil society, and national governments to respond with the resources and remedies proportionate to the grave state of affairs for children in armed conflict around the globe.

Listening to Youth: The Experiences of Young People in Northern Uganda
Women's Commission, June 2007
In May 2007, the Women's Commission visited northern Uganda to meet young people and gather their opinions and ideas with respect to the five themes of the Machel Study 10-year Strategic Review: consequences of the conflict; coping strategies; participation in decision-making; peace and reconciliation; and recommendations for the local, national and international community.
Also available: Summary Report, Report to contributors (English), Report to contributors (Luo)

Untapped Potential: Displaced Youth
Women's Commission, June 2007
A four-pager on our displaced youth program. Youth, a stage of life marked by uncertainty, change and challenge, is a time of enormous potential, enthusiasm and energy, when young people make choices based on available opportunities to plan for their transition to adulthood.

From the Ground Up: Education and Livelihoods in Southern Sudan
Women's Commission, January 2007

Education in Darfur: A Critical Component of Humanitarian Response
Women's Commission, December 2006

INEE Darfur Case Study on Education
Women's Commission, August 2006

Gender and Child Protection Policies: Where do UNHCR's Partners Stand?
Women's Commission, UNHCR, July 2006

"Help Us Help Ourselves": Education in the Conflict to Post-conflict Transition in Liberia
Women's Commission, March 2006

Right to Education During Displacement: A Resource for Organizations Working with Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons
Women's Commission, 2006
A resource guide that identifies everyone's right to education, with a focus on refugees, returnees and independently placed persons.
Also available: Your Right to Education: A handbook for refugees and displaced communities

"Don't Forget Us": The Education and Gender-Based Violence Protection Needs of Adolescent Girls from Darfur in Chad
Women's Commission, July 2005

Learning in a War Zone: Education in Northern Uganda
Women's Commission, February 2005
A report concerning education in two districts, Gulu and Kitgum, based on interviews with representatives from NGOs, youth groups, teachers and heads of schools, local government officials and the children themselves.

Youth Speak Out: Easy Reference Guides
Women's Commission, January 2005
A summary of youth-oriented issues and trends as well as promising practices.

Youth Speak Out: New Voices on the Protection and Participation of Young People Affected by Armed Conflict
Women's Commission, January 2005
This report provides a unique overview of the problems and challenges young people face during and after armed conflict and provides youth-driven solutions for addressing these problems.
Also available: Youth Speak Out: Easy Reference Guides

Adolescent Girls Affected By Violent Conflict: A Fact Sheet
Women's Commission, 2005
Fact sheet concerning adolescent girls who are exposed to areas of armed conflict. A call for women and girls to be part of peace process and be heard at decision making levels.

Annotated Bibliography of Reports on Reproductive Health on the Thai Burma Border, November 2004

Global Survey on Education in Emergencies
Women's Commission, February 2004
Also available in a 4 page summary.

Global Survey on Education in Emergencies: Angola Country Report
Women's Commission, December 2003

Partnering with Local Organizations to Support the Reproductive Health of Adolescent Refugees: A Three-Year Analysis
Women's Commission, October 2003

Unseen Millions: The Catastrophe of Internal Displacement in Colombia- Children and Adolescents at Risk
Women's Commission, March 2002
Report detailing the need for long-term emergency assistance for IDP's in Colombia.

Fending for Themselves: Afghan Refugee Children and Adolescents Working in Urban Pakistan
Women's Commission, January 2002

Untapped Potential: Adolescents Affected by Armed Conflict
Women's Commission, January 2002

Working WIth Young Refugees to Ensure Their Reproductive Health and Wellbeing: It's Their Right and Our Duty
Women's Commission, 2002
A field resource guide for programming with and for refugee adolescents and youth.

We Simply Do Not Want to Die: Assesment of Protection Concerns and Case Studies of Afghan Women in New Shamshatoo Refugee Camp, Pakistan
Women's Commission, IRC, December 2001
Women's Commission and IRC initiated an assesment of the protection concerns of recently arrived Afghan women and girls residing in New Shamshatoo refugee camp, near Peshawar, Pakistan.

Against All Odds: Surviving the War on Adolescents
Women's Commission, October 2001
A research study on the situation of adolescents in three districts of northern Uganda: Gulu, Kitgum and Pader.

Making the Choice For a Better Life: Promoting the Protection and Capacity of Kosovo's Youth
Women's Commission, 2000
A study supporting the need to fully integrate Kosovar adolescents into reconstruction efforts and the importance of providing psychosocial and educational programs for these "at risk" youths.

"Our Children Are Missing": Uganda Delegation Report
Women's Commission, IRC , Leadership Council on Children in Armed Conflict, November 1999
Delegation in Uganda with the aim of better understanding the challenges faced by children and adolescents abducted by the (LRA) Lord's Resistence Army and affected by the 13 year long conflict in the north.

La Farsa de la Preocupacion: El Abandono de la Poblacion Desplazada por la Violencia en Colombia
Women's Commission, May 1999

Loin des Yeux, Loin du Coeur, Conflit et Deplacement au Burundi
Women's Commission

Precious Resources: Adolescents in the Reconstruction of Sierra Leone
Women's Commission