The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative promotes opportunities for refugees around the world to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life.

Most refugees tell us that they want to “stand on their own feet” -- to take care of their own needs and those of their family. This is key to regaining stability and a sense of agency in their lives, despite the fact that they might be in impermanent situations in host countries.

In 2016, RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission first convened the Refugee Self-Reliance Community of Practice (CoP) -- a global working group dedicated to sharing knowledge and exploring promising practices around self-reliance programming and measurement. The CoP is made up of a diverse set of leading stakeholders from the practitioner, governmental, UN, philanthropic, academic and private sectors. Prior to the launch of the CoP, there was no global coordinating forum for sharing learning related to refugee self-reliance.

In 2018, RefugePoint, the Women’s Refugee Commission and members of the CoP launched the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative with the goal of expanding opportunities for refugees worldwide to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life. The Initiative aims to collectively reach five million refugees with self-reliance programming in five years (2019-2023) and, in the process, to identify the most effective models and measurements to aid global expansion of self-reliance opportunities.


Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative Overview

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