On June 28 and 29, Refugee Hosts PI Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL) and Co-I Prof Alastair Ager (Queen Margaret University) will be presenting findings from their research at the UNHCR-NGO Consultations 2018 in Geneva.
Elena and Alastair will be sharing insights from their long-standing research into the roles played by local communities in supporting refugees in the Middle East, including a discussion of the evidence emerging from our Refugee Hosts research in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, and a new project which is examining the roles of local faith communities in refugee-response in countries including Honduras, Mexico, Lebanon, Uganda and Germany. The latter project (an active partnership with UNHCR) is generously funded by the European Commission’s Department for International Cooperation and Development, and is led by Elena in her capacity as the Academic Chair of the Refugee and Forced Migration Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities.
Elena’s and Alastair’s contributions to the Consultations will be an opportunity for them to continue engaging directly with representatives from UN Agencies and diverse local, national and international NGOs, and to inform policy and practice vis-a-vis international humanitarian engagements with local host and faith communities.
In addition to Elena’s contributions to a workshop on ‘National Systems Strengthening’ on the 28 June, Elena and Alastair will both be presenting at a side-event on “Faith-Sensitivity in Humanitarian Response: Tools and Partnerships for Inclusion”, which is co-organised by our project partner, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, with UNHCR. This panel will take place on Friday 29 June between 12:30-14:00 in Room 5/6, CICG in Geneva.
The Refugee Hosts team have prepared electronic resources relating to the key themes explored during the NGO consultations in Geneva. These include a newsletter containing highlights from our Localisation Series, and a new report exploring local faith community engagement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
This newsletter brings together a number of the diverse contributions made to our localisation blog series, from members of our project partners, including the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities, to academics, practitioners and poets
Local Faith Community Responses to Displacement in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey: Emerging Evidence and New Approach
This report builds on a Refugee Hosts workshop with practitioners, held in Beirut in 2017. In particular, the report explores the challenges and opportunities of working with local faith communities in the context of the Middle East.