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Rebuilding lives and livelihoods         

There are 70.8 million refugees and internally displaced people globally – the highest on record. Not only are millions displaced, they’re displaced for longer periods of time, and the majority live in cities rather than camps. In this new humanitarian landscape, earning a reliable income is critical, not only for refugees and vulnerable young people to survive, but to rebuild their futures and contribute to the communities and local economies around them.  

There are also more young people in the world now than ever before – 1.2 billion – and they face huge challenges with employment. 

That’s why the IRC and the Citi Foundation teamed up in 2017 through our Rescuing Futures partnership to back nearly 1,000 young people with business training and start-up grants across Athens in Greece, Amman in Jordan and Yola in northeast Nigeria. We're highlighting some of their incredible stories through our Back My Business campaign.

Meet the entrepeneurs

Through the Rescuing Futures programme with the IRC, we are empowering young adult refugees today and helping create greater economic prosperity tomorrow, not just for the individual, but their families and the community at large.

Rachael BarberHead of Community Development, EMEA, Citi