According to the National Bureau of Statistics of Kenya labor market report published in March 2020, 34% of Kenya’s 12 million youth were unemployed, with teenagers aged 20 to 34 making up 14% of the unemployed. This high unemployment rate is no different in the Dadaab refugee camps. To fill this unemployment gap, agencies that are members of the Dadaab Livelihood Working Group (LWG) run educational programs that support technical skills training for refugees within the Dadaab refugee complex and people in the surrounding host communities. The beneficiaries of these programs are sponsored by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to attend VET (TVET) courses, while some NGOs tailor courses for the beneficiaries, train them and issue certificates upon graduation.
The REACH initiative supported the Dadaab LWG in conducting an educational tracer study to assess how graduates benefited from educational programs run by three NGOs, namely: The Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC ) and Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) through the programs. The assessment included beneficiaries who graduated between 2018, 2019 and 2020.