Enabling local actors to address refugee needs

December 12, 2019

Refugees and national and local organizations in their host countries are key to ensure the wellbeing of people who have been forcibly displaced.

Venezuelan people cross the border to get to Colombia.
© UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau

Local responses to refugees is the topic of a roundtable discussion in Geneva hosted by IDRC, the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) based at Carleton University in Canada, and Asylum Access, an international non-governmental organization.

The December 16 roundtable, “Remedy for a broken system: enabling local institutions for impact”, will illustrate best practices in local institutions that respond to refugee situations on a daily basis. It will also highlight how partnerships between local and global institutions can strengthen these efforts to support the forcibly displaced. The event, which precedes the first Global Refugee Forum on December 17 and 18, is intended to contribute to the Forum’s effort to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action.

Speakers include representatives from local institutions, global institutions that have supported and enabled them, funders, and researchers. Maha Shuayb, director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, will share IDRC-supported research on education and employment initiatives among youth refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Arjan de Haan, director of Inclusive Economies at IDRC, will discuss the need to shift support toward generating knowledge and solutions in low and middle-income countries, which host 85% of the world’s forcibly displaced people.

The roundtable is part of a day-long event called “Centering the margins” organized by LERRN, an IDRC research partner that maps research capacity in the Global South and explores options to support knowledge hubs in regions most affected by recurring, protracted, and large-scale forced migration.

Register for the December 16 roundtable or day-long event.