Livelihoods – Quetta

In Quetta, the most common livelihoods for Afghan refugees are as daily wage labourers and shopkeepers.

A number of livelihoods initiatives are underway including:

  • Norwegian Refugee Council has implemented skills development courses at the Technical Training Centre (a government training institute) specifically for female refugees in urban areas.
  • Mercy Corps are running a training course on rearing poultry and livestock in urban areas of Quetta (70% of attendees are refugees and 30% are Pakistani).
  • Save the Children are running broad skill development workshops (all refugees, 80% male and 20% female).
  • CRS (Catholic relief services) are running livelihood oriented skill development trainings in urban areas of Quetta (70% of attendees are refugees and 30% are Pakistani).
  • UNDP, through the RAHA programme, have conducted a number of training courses including livelihood oriented skills development, home based rearing of poultry and food preservation for refugees and the host community in urban areas of Quetta.
  • UNHCR, through the RAHA programme, have implemented several livelihood projects since 2009 in urban areas of Quetta. These include a range of activities from marketing businesses to constructing skill development centres, training on the processing of solid waste and how to generate good quality fertiliser.
  • Provincial government departments, including the Social Welfare department, have coordinated trainings focused on helping women to develop marketable skills. This department also manages the skills development centres that have been constructed in Quetta.