Refugees International is committed to putting the priorities of displaced people and local groups at the center of our work, and into the halls of power. Leaders on the front lines of affected communities have deep knowledge and first-hand experience of the issues—but have been left on the sidelines of humanitarian decision-making for too long.
International donors and institutions acknowledge this reality, and have made bold commitments to put more resources in the hands of local and displaced leaders. They must be held accountable for making good on those pledges. Refugees International will work to shift humanitarian power and resources into the hands of local- and displaced-led groups—both in our advocacy and in our own organization.
The Refugee Fellows Program
In April 2023, Refugees International welcomed its first-ever cohort of six refugee fellows from around the world who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in global advocacy and have lived experience of forced displacement.
The fellows program aims to deepen the expertise of refugee leaders in global advocacy and helps shape the institution’s global advocacy priorities.
Newsweek: The World Bank Should Talk to Refugees When Addressing Cross-Border Mobility
May 8, 2023
Localizing Aid in Ukraine: Perspectives from Ukrainian Humanitarians in Odesa, Lviv, Zaporizhia, and Dnipro
December 22, 2022
Los Angeles Times: How Can We Improve Humanitarian Aid to Ukrainians? Let Them Control It
August 29, 2022
Featured Image: Neighbors receive humanitarian aid in Bakhmut, Ukraine on August 3, 2022. © Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.