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Donors must step up support for South Sudanese refugees

Political economy and discourse on displacement and solutions | June 2017 | Amnesty International

More than 900,000 refugees have fled the brutal conflict in South Sudan and sought safety in Uganda with over 1000 refugees arriving each day. This briefing paper documents some of the impacts of the funding shortfall in Uganda. It mainly calls on donors to urgently meet financial needs and support for technical assistance required to support Uganda’s progressive refugee policy.

Smart Communities

Role of private sector in displacement | June 2017 | Mastercard & Western Union

The size and longevity of many refugee camps across the world are indicative of the permanent rather than transient nature of displaced populations. However, the financial infrastructure in these communities, particularly in banking, payments and remittances, remains inadequate. This report combines the strategic and data-driven research expertise of Mastercard and Western Union to detail the current state of refugee settlement economies and set out a plan to improve financial service delivery.

Shelter in displacement

Solutions in urban contexts | June 2017 | Forced Migration Review

This review looks at the complexity of approaches to shelter both as a physical object in a physical location and as a response to essential human needs. It also contains seven ‘general’ articles on other forced migration topics.

The Global Compact on Refugees Explained

Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) | June 2017 | ICVA

The New York Declaration calls for the development of two new global “compacts” to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in late 2018, one on refugees, the other for safe, orderly and regular migration. This briefing paper provides a better understanding on the Global compact on refugees.

The Value for money of multi-year humanitarian funding

Political economy and discourse on displacement and solutions | May 2017 | DFID

DFID commissioned a series of thematic evaluations focused on protracted crises, using Ethiopia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Pakistan as case studies. This report presents interim findings from the study to date

Journeys on hold

Local Integration and Transitional Solutions | March 2017 | ODI

Around 5,000 Eritreans leave their country every month. This working paper sets out to better understand whether, by providing alternative options, it is possible for policy-makers to prevent or reduce irregular migration from countries- and regions-of-origin.

Submission to the UK Government inquiry into forced displacement in Central and East Africa

Political economy and discourse on displacement and solutions | March 2017 | IRRI

The International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) is responding to the call for information about humanitarian responses to forced displacement in Central and East Africa. IRRI’s submission begins with a critique of two key failed policy responses to refugees in the region. First, the emphasis on encampment of refugees, especially in protracted situations of displacement; and second, the emphasis on repatriation as the favoured (and often only) durable solution.

Developing and validating the Refugee Integration Scale in Kenya

Local Integration and Transitional Solutions | March 2017 | Journal of Refugee Studies

Tools to measure refugee integration are required to conduct research and to guide programmes and policy. This study describes the development and validation of a 25-item Refugee Integration Scale (RIS) using standard scale development methodology among Somali and Banyamulenge refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. The report uses mixed-methodology methods to strengthen the scale’s validity and reliability. These include a literature review and a qualitative focus group component among refugees in Nairobi to establish a theoretical construct for urban refugee integration.

Inclusion and protection of migrants and refugees in vulnerable situations within urban centres

Solutions in urban contexts | March 2017 | UNU-GCM

Cities are at the forefront of receiving migrants, refugees and displaced persons. For many on the move, cities are spaces of opportunity and hope in which to build new lives. The current period is seeing a range of new challenges emerge as migrants and refugees find themselves in vulnerable situations in relation to housing, access to basic services, employment, education and urban community life in all regions of the world. This report highlights a range of new challenges currently facing migrants and refugees within urban centres.

Refugee compacts

Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) | March 2017 | IRC & Center for Global Development

Compact agreements have emerged as a new approach, bringing together donors and development and humanitarian actors under host-country leadership for multiyear agreements to achieve defined, sustainable outcomes for refugees and host communities. Under a compact framework, diverse actors make mutually reinforcing commitments to resources, policy changes, and projects designed to achieve a shared vision. This report highlights the significance of compact agreements which bring together various actors under host-country leadership to achieve defined, sustainable outcomes for refugees and host communities.