World Humanitarian Summit: RefugePoint Shares Refugee Self-Reliance Model

This weekend two RefugePoint staff head to Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). As stated in a WHS tagline, the world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. Global humanitarian budgets have skyrocketed in this millennium, from $2 billion in 2000 to $25 billion in 2014. Despite the record amount raised in 2014, it still left an unfunded gap of some $16 billion. The disparities between needs and resources are expected to increase further, with only an estimated half of the funds needed to respond to global crises raised in 2015.

The WHS on May 23-24 was spawned from the now broad recognition that the humanitarian system is no longer fit for purpose. As the UN High Commissioner for Refugees warned long before asylum-seekers started arriving in Europe in large numbers last summer, the humanitarian system is both broke and broken.

The aim of the WHS is to bring together world leaders, financial institutions, civil society and the private sector to jointly commit to new actions, funding and, importantly, ways of working to retool the system to match the challenges of our time.

Though not limited to refugees and migration issues, these topics are predictably prominent on the WHS agenda given that we’re witnessing the highest level of forced displacement ever recorded. With the seemingly endless layering of new crises on top of decades-old crises, the notion of humanitarian assistance as short-term emergency relief is becoming an anachronism. It is no longer sustainable to view displaced populations as the sole concern of a few specialized agencies that lack access to the considerably larger development coffers.

In the refugee context, this necessitates more support for countries hosting large numbers of refugees and […]

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RefugePoint addresses East Africa famine on “The Bill Good Show”

Vancouver-based radio station CKNW interviews RefugePoint about the current famine in East Africa and how people can help. To hear the interview with Executive Director Sasha Chanoff and field-based Protection Officer Megan DaPisa, listen here.


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New York Times Magazine features RefugePoint’s life saving urban food program

A protracted famine in Somalia continues to displace hundreds of thousands of people from their homeland. Hungry and desperate, Somalis appeal for help from humanitarian organizations in refugee camps and urban cities throughout the horn of Africa. At RefugePoint’s urban care clinic in Nairobi, our social workers report seeing an increased number of Somalis among their caseload since the famine began.

Featured in a July 2011 New York Times Magazine article, the clinic is designed to help the most vulnerable people in Africa – refugee mothers and children who have nowhere to turn for help. Our food program helps to stabilize people’s lives and is a starting point to give people options for their future. Without our food assistance, people have impossible choices. These include watching their families starve or selling their bodies to feed their children.

Our food program gives our clients breathing room as we explore with them what options they have to survive safely.  Some of our other services we offer include health care, protection, safe housing, and helping refugee children access school.  All these efforts are in the service of helping people to build a path out of a life of fear and uncertainty. As the the New York Times article shares, the task is not always easy and often fraught with difficult moments, but ultimately it is some of the most important work we do.
To read the article, click here.

Esther, A RefugePoint Nurse in Nairobi. Photo by Christophe Calais.



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RefugePoint helps create UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Resettlement Cooperation

After one and a half years in the making, the fruits of an important project that RefugePoint has been involved in have now been released on the UN Refugee Agency’s website. RefugePoint was one of the driving forces and authors behind the new UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Practical Cooperation on Resettlement.

The idea for the Toolkit grew out of a training in 2009, which RefugePoint and HIAS co-facilitated with UNHCR in Nairobi for 18 NGOs from around Africa on the identification and referral for resettlement of at-risk urban refugees. Out of that training arose the initiative to develop a toolkit to help systematize and foster cooperation between UNHCR and NGOs on resettlement.

The toolkit is a collection of resources that provides practical guidance and historical examples for NGOs and UNHCR to build their resettlement partnerships on.  It aims to raise awareness about opportunities for collaboration between UNHCR and NGOs at every stage in the resettlement process, for the benefit of refugees.  The toolkit is a living repository for exchanging materials and ideas. Its usefulness will increase as new materials are continually added by other agencies operating in this sphere.

The toolkit is just one of the more recent examples of the extensive resettlement partnership that UNHCR and RefugePoint have enjoyed for several years, in a shared effort to increase the capacity for finding durable solutions for more refugees.

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Life’s Barest Edge

RefugePoint founder Sasha Chanoff is featured in this week’s edition of The Forward on the occasion of being awarded the 2010 Bronfman Prize for humanitarian leadership.

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