Rapid response to funding gaps: Philanthropic support for refugee-led initiatives
Anna Crowley – International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundation (London)
Annemieke de Jong – Refugee Livelihoods Programme, IKEA Foundation (Leiden)
Mingo Heiduk – DEMAC Initiative (Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination), Danish Refugee Council (Copenhagen)
RSC Public Seminar Series #BYREFUGEES : Strengthening refugee-led humanitarian response during the COVID-19 pandemic
Refugee-led organisations are chronically underfunded. Although their humanitarian activities are understood to be more cost-effective than a majority of other actors’, RLOs receive a small fraction of what United Nations operations and other (I)NGOs benefit from. A number of donors and funding bodies have changed their protocols during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to channel money to RLOs. Speakers on this seminar will discuss the efforts they have made to overcome grant-making challenges in order to get RLOs funding as quickly as possible, where it’s needed most. Discussion will centre on how the adaptations these organisations have made can be adopted by other philanthropic entities to change the donor landscape in the longer-term. The seminar will last approximately 90 minutes, with half the time allocated to Q&A.
This seminar series focuses on refugee-led assistance and protection in the context of Covid-19. It features panels of individuals whose work is shaping how we understand and support refugee-led responses during crisis. Their accomplishments – whether as practitioners, policy influencers, funders, or community responders – challenge conventional top-down approaches to humanitarian assistance. These approaches are increasingly important in the current context, in which traditional humanitarian capacity has been stretched and forced to adapt. Refugee-led organisations are on the frontline of the response, in both refugee camps and cities.
The series will explore how refugees are responding to the current crisis, reflect on how they can be supported by external actors, and consider the prospects for creating lasting forms of participatory humanitarian governance. The majority of panelists are refugees.
Series conveners: Alexander Betts and Andonis Marden (Refugee Studies Centre), Shaza Al Rihawi, Anila Noor, Najeeba Wazefadost, and Mustafa Alio (Global Refugee-Led Network)
Enquiries to Annelies Lawson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Full details online at https://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/news/rsc-public-seminar-series-trinity-term-2020
Download the seminar series poster (pdf 1MB)
Seminars will take place on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm BST online via Zoom, and will allow time for Q&A sessions with the panellists. The series will also be livestreamed via YouTube and recorded.
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H_sqk-PcTAWQJ8x8IMNG6A“