GRF Education Forum event

Boosting Refugee Self Reliance through Technical and Vocational Education and Training - Lessons we need to learn


The GRF Education Forum event on “Boosting Refugee Self Reliance through Technical and Vocational Education and Training - Lessons we need to learn” is a side event organised by ILO, UNHCR, GIZ, and Finn Church Aid. The Global Refugee Forum 2023 will take place from 13 to 15 December at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, with linked events held in other locations from 12 December onwards.

Held every four years, the Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees. It is designed to support the practical implementation of the objectives set out in the Global Compact on Refugees: Ease pressures on host countries, enhance refugee self-reliance, increase access to third-country solutions and improve conditions in countries of origin.

It provides the opportunity for States and stakeholders to announce concrete pledges and contributions, highlight progress made, share good practices and take stock of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The 2023 Forum is co-convened by six States – Colombia, France, Japan, Jordan, Niger and Uganda, and co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland and UNHCR.

View the updated concept note and the latest programme for the GRF 2023.

From left to right: Minister Awut Deng Acuil, Minister July Moyo, Dr. Prosper Ng’andu, Christine Hofman, Mrs Marianna Knirsch, Ms Lilian Musoki, Mr Abraham Kamara

Purpose of the event

  • To introduce joint TVET research by FCA, GIZ, ILO and UNHCR and launch research based recommendations (policy, programming, research and documentation) for impactful implementation of TVET programming for refugees.
  • To highlight untapped potential of TVET in enhancing self-reliance and labor integration of refugees in different scenarios.
  • To encourage stakeholders to implement recommendations based on their mandate.

Profiles of Speakers

Welcoming Remarks – Ms. Merja Färm, Finn Church Aid

Launch of the Systematic Literature review and introduction to the recommendations – Independent Researcher, Mr. Joel Mullan

Panel Discussion moderated by Ms. Christine Hofmann, Team lead for Skills and Social Inclusion, ILO

  • Hon. Minister Ms. Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction, South Sudan
  • Hon. Mr. July Moyo, Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Prosper Ng’andu, Commissioner for Refugees, Zambia
  • Mr. Abraham K Kamara, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Mrs. Marianna Knirsch, Deputy Head of Education Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ms. Lilian Musoki Maate, Senior Program Manager – Complementary Pathways, FCA Uganda
  • Manal Stulgaitis, UNHCR