Beyond assistance: how to support refugees' aspirations

15 June 2017 16:30 - 18:00 GMT + 1 (BST)
Public event
Streamed live online

Contributing chair

Sara Pantuliano @SaraPantuliano - Managing Director, ODI

Speakers

Tammam Aloudat @Tammamo - Deputy Medical Director, Médecins Sans Frontières; Syrian medical doctor 

Ziad Ayoubi @ziadayoubi - Head of Livelihoods Unit, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

Veronique Barbelet @VeroBarbelet - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI

Lorna Solis @LornaSolis - Founder & CEO, Blue Rose Compass, United States (via videolink) 

Description

Of the over 65 million people displaced in the world today, more than 21 million are refugees.

We know that displacement is increasingly protracted. Nearly two-thirds of all refugees have been displaced for at least three years, and about half of the current refugees have been displaced for over ten years. We also know that the current model of supporting refugees through delivering aid such as cash or food is financially unsustainable. So the only solution left is to help refugees support themselves. And yet, supporting refugees beyond aid assistance continues to be a struggle.

Refugee livelihoods range from access to employment, education, better health to increasing their social networks - but what do refugees prioritise? The event explores the following questions: How can the aid system better support refugees in displacement beyond delivering assistance, in ways that support their aspirations and objectives? What does the perspective of refugees tell us about the ways in which they already sustain themselves and what does this imply for aid interventions?

This event offers insight from the Humanitarian Policy Group’s two-year research on the livelihoods of CAR refugees in Cameroon, Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan, and Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. We convene international experts on refugee policy and livelihoods to examine ways to better support refugees in protracted displacement.