In the last 35 years, refugees from around the world have moved to India for ensured security. The current 24,000 refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s (UNHCR) purview are primarily from Afghanistan, Burma, and Somalia. They overwhelmingly want to establish themselves in India through steady, modern jobs. Now, the model iMerit and Anudip use to bring modern jobs to Eastern India is under consideration for these refugees in the nation’s capital – New Delhi.
UNHCR has reached out to iMerit and Anudip to collaborate toward a feasibility study for a Delhi expansion to provide skills development and implementation for refugees and urban poor.
UNHCR learned about our integrated model, and its sustainability, scalability, and replicability impressed them. These organizational systems succeed in vulnerable communities such as Metiabruz and Jharkhand, and UNHCR Livelihoods wanted to understand how iMerit and Anudip could fit into their mission to support creative and grassroots in-field problem solving through partnerships. Their team arranged an exploratory visit in November 2013.
The visit expedited the team’s comprehension of how the companies work together and what projects our employees are engaged in. The team saw the Anudip e-Learning system at Sonarpur, and two iMerit centers in different socio-economic parts of the Kolkata region. These were the newest iMerit center, located at Baruipur, and the one in Metiabruz.
Through meeting beneficiaries from two very different cultural contexts, the team better understood how malleable the model is to uplift various disenfranchised communities. This extended to on-going conversations and a feasibility study in the subsequent months about the role of iMerit and Anudip in the reimagined form of UNHCR’s programs to empower the 24,000 refugees in India.