Our Work

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.

Report

Earthquake Aftermath: Aiding Northwest Syria Without Rehabilitating Assad

Report

Efforts to Localize Aid in Ukraine One Year On: Stuck in Neutral, Losing Time

Report

Localizing the International Humanitarian Response in Ukraine

Statement

USAID Releases Policy on Local Capacity Strengthening

Opinion

Forced Migration Review: Breaking the Cycle – Localising Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine

Opinion Perspective

Context News: Refugee-Led Organizations Can Help Improve World Bank Financing

Opinion

Newsweek: The World Bank Should Talk to Refugees When Addressing Cross-Border Mobility

Advocacy Letter

NGO Statement on Global Refugee Forum Preparations

Advocacy Letter

Letter: Localization of Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine

Advocacy Letter

Communique from the National Conference on Localization in Ukraine

Event

From Refugee Inclusion to Shifting Power: Building a Global Refugee Sector that Puts Refugees First

Event

Shifting Power: Examining the Agenda for Advancing Refugee Leadership and Localization

Event

World Development Report 2023: Meaningfully Including Refugees

Featured Image: Neighbors receive humanitarian aid in Bakhmut, Ukraine on August 3, 2022. © Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images.