Arifur Rahman ProdhanArifur Rahman Prodhan

Head of Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Team at UNHCR Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency

Arifur Rahman Prodhan, an economist by training, is currently working as the Head of Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Team at UNHCR Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency. His specialization includes Poverty and Livelihoods, Resilience and Sustainable Development, Economic Inclusion of Refugees, Humanitarian-Development Nexus, Emergency Humanitarian Needs Assessment and Response, Social Protection, Budget analysis, Development Research.

Prior to UNHCR Rwanda he worked in UNHCR Zambia, DFID Zimbabwe and DFID Bangladesh, CIDA Bangladesh, CARE-Manusher Jonno and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in various capacities. Mr. Rahman has research and publications on MDGs, Poverty and Livelihoods, Gender and Environmental Sensitive Budgeting, Education, Refugee Economies. Recently he contributed to an analytical piece on Peace-Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Rwanda as part of UN Rwanda Common Country Assessment (CCA).

In March 2020, he was also a panellist at a high level discussion forum organized by ICRC to talk about humanitarian -development nexus in Rwanda with the diplomatic community and shared the stage with the DG, ICRC. Mr. Rahman travelled extensively across the world and attended numerous international conferences , workshops and presented papers . He also made several short-term work missions to a number of African countries including South Sudan, Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya.

He did MA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK with British Chevening scholarship. He obtained Mphil degree in Economics from the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, National University, Dhaka and graduated from Bangladesh Agricultural University in Agricultural Economics.

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Takes part in

May, 21 3:00 PM CEST
Panel Discussion

Overcoming Barriers to a Workplace that is Inclusive Towards Refugees and Immigrants

With increasing globalization, more people are moving across borders and between countries than ever before. Immigrants and refugees go abroad to find better lives for themselves and take advantage of the career opportunities available. However, even for skilled immigrants, this is often too idealistic, since there are many barriers to employment that prevent such individuals from working in their professional fields.

Conscious and unconscious biases around race, religion, culture and nationality also come into play for newcomers. Sometimes, companies question hiring immigrants, as they are not familiar with the university previously attended or the organizations on the applicant's resume.

So what can employers do, to be more inclusive of these individuals and allow them to fully contribute their skills?

Our speakers will discuss three key topics:

  • The importance of refugees and immigrants in a post-COVID economic recovery
  • What prevents most companies from hiring newly-arrived workers
  • Challenges to the inclusion of immigrants and refugees in the workplace
Arifur Rahman Prodhan Head of Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Team at UNHCR Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency
Joséphine Goube Executive Director at Techfugees For Impact