This program aims to incubate promising refugee-led groups so that they become self-sustaining organizations that support their communities through innovative programs, engage actively in the design of programs affecting their own lives and can actively implement programs that will most directly benefit their communities.
The incubation program includes technical assistance, training and mentorship and lasts 3 months. Each program is tailored according to the organisation’s specific needs. Overall, the program comprises 3 components:
We work with refugee organizations to strengthen management and improve existing programs, with focus on:
We support refugee organizations in raising a first pool of money for a particular project through a crowd funding campaign on a Kick-starter. We also provide training on fund-raising and grant writing so that other campaigns and projects can be implemented in the future.
We will open our first incubation program next year.
We are currently looking refugee led organisations interested in our program for a first pilot starting early 2016. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you be interested or if you know of refugee organisations who may be!
Take a look at our Twitter chat summery on knowledge gaps on urban displacement, held July 30, 2015–thank you to all who participated!
Participants pointed to the following topics for which there is a knowledge gap in the field of urban displacement:
The Twitter chat also included a discussion on the language used to refer to displaced populations; should urban refugees be seen as migrants, with their lifeworlds/stories as the starting point? Are there different focuses when using the term ‘migrant’ versus ‘refugee’? What role does the use of labels have in creating perceptions; should we be asking individuals to self-identify and explain the reasons for their use of the term? Do organizations start with their own reality?
The complexity of this issue points to the need for rights-based approaches and the inclusion of refugee voices; while imperfect, national/international justice systems and humanitarian services provide key support.
Community-based organizations (CBOs) have great potential to link urban refugees to support structures in host communities; they know the local context and have a unique ability to reach specific groups in the refugee community. Approaches should be rights-based, give control to the affected populations; cash-relief is effective. Women’s Refugee Commission shared their research on cash relief.
In closing, the one element participants pointed to as a focus for closing the knowledge gap included: