URBAN REFUGEES is a global network of NGOs, CBOs, academics and experts advocating together for the rights of urban refugees and IDPs around the world.
Our organization stems from the observation that more than half of the refugee and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is now living in urban areas. In spite of their number and the particular protection challenges they face, urban refugees and IDPs have clearly not received sufficient attention from the humanitarian community and still have very little recognition of their rights in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. Our mission is to change this by:
1. SUPPORTING: Given the very limited assistance of aid agencies in cities, refugee-led organisations provide the bulk of the assistance to their own communities. We support those organisations to develop their capacity to organise, plan and advocate for themselves. This includes: technical assistance and training, support in governance, fundraising and communication mapping. We believe self-reliance is key to promote sustainable solutions.
2. CONNECTING: We help the humanitarian community adapt to the challenges of protecting refugees in cities. We use a collective impact strategy to create global connections between NGOs, academics, refugee-led organisations, urban designers, the private sector and donors, to help them share best practices and work together towards shared goals. We believe that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
3. ADVOCATING: We change top level policies affecting urban refugees through consistent advocacy efforts. We support the advocacy work of our partner NGOs in the field, we organise round-tables with policy makers and we coordinate joint advocacy strategies at the regional and UN levels. By changing one key policy, we can change thousands of lives.