Entrepreneurship can spur economic growth in areas affected by conflicts-Red Cross
Abuja, March 28, 2019( NNN) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has stressed the need to promote entrepreneurship in areas affected by conflicts, as it would spur economic growth and development.
The Public Relations Delegate of ICRC, Zahraa Al-Janabi, stated this on Thursday in Abuja, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
“ICRC believes that entrepreneurship can spur economic growth and help communities recover from the economic scars of conflicts and other situations of violence towards building a better future.
“Those affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence are not passive recipients of aid, but rather active shapers of their own future.
” They have a role to play in building their economies and communities.
“They are in a better position to find solutions to their problems, and we hope that by providing them with financial and technical support, they can achieve their goals,” AI- Janabi said.
She commended groups such as Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), that had continued to make efforts towards enhancing entrepreneurship in the country.
She said the ICRC was partnering with TEF to support 180 Nigerian entrepreneurs from communities affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence with seed money to start their businesses.
She said:”The partnership between ICRC and Tony Elumelu Foundation exemplifies the developing nexus between the humanitarian and private sectors.
“One that seeks to drive community engagement and community generated solutions.
” With this partnership, young entrepreneurs, from Nigerian communities affected by armed conflicts and violence will have access to both financial and technical support to launch their business.
” This is key to improve the resilience of the people and galvanise sustainable economic growth in these communities.”
The ICRC spokesperson, however, added that humanitarian aid alone could not be the solution for the economic challenges faced by communities suffering from armed conflicts and violence,
According to her, this challenge which often drags people into a vicious cycle of further competition over resources and conflicts require more than just aid.
She said while humanitarian aid is key in times of conflicts; it should be complemented by other solutions that build the resilience of the communities.