Given the importance of achieving sustainable livelihoods to ensure protection and secure solutions for refugees, internally displaced and stateless persons, UNHCR pursues livelihoods programming with heightened professionalism, utilizing a market driven and results-oriented approach that draws on expertise and support from a strong and growing partnership network. In Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, UNHCR helps the displaced and returning refugees to achieve self-reliance by building their skills and knowledge, as well as providing access to resources, vocational training, support to cooperative groups, services and markets they need. The livelihood intervention seeks to ensure that all forcibly displaced persons are able to make a safe and sustainable living that meets their basic needs, contributes to their dignity and provides for full enjoyment of their human rights. This programme is implemented in collaboration with state institutions such as the Ministry of Women Affairs and local Non-governmental organisations e.g. American University Nigeria.