Monthly Briefs (September 2022)
The following Monthly Briefs highlight APRRN and partners' advocacy efforts over the month of September and inform about upcoming events and activities. We strive to provide you with regular updates on the network’s activities and developments in the refugee protection sphere, alongside the emerging political climate in the Asia Pacific region. Should you like to contribute information, resources, or updates, kindly contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- APRRN is excited to announce that our new website is live at www.aprrn.org. We would like to extend our gratitude to Open Society Foundations (OSF) for funding this development. We look forward to launching APRRN’s membership portal in the coming weeks, as a safe space for APRRN members to learn and collaborate.
- 12-14th September: In collaboration with ICVA and Asia Displacement Solutions Platform (ADSP), APRRN conducted an in-person Asia Pacific Regional Forced Migration Workshop in Bangkok. Bringing together participants from local, national and international organisations from countries including Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the workshop explored ways to engage in the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) 2023, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) and the UNSG Action Agenda on Internal Displacement. APRRN’s Chair Hafsar Tameesuddin and Secretary General Chris Eades also presented to the GRF’s NGO Reference Group; an informal group of representatives from global and regional NGO networks, which serves as a consultative mechanism in the preparation of this year’s forum.
- APRRN and APNOR received over 100 applications for the technical skills training and support to refugee leaders starting on 7th October 2022. The training - jointly organised by APRRN and APNOR - will support refugee-led responses in the Asia Pacific region by strengthening organisational capacities and technical skills that are particularly relevant to grassroots initiatives. Through a focus on financial management, governance, and leadership, this project is a key component of continued investment in refugees as leaders and agents of change; enabling them to better access the resources needed to scale their services and advocacy. The coordination of the Skills Enhancement Training will be led by Zerrin Holle, who has designed and implemented capacity-strengthening programs for other refugee-led initiatives (RLIs). With a master's degree in Migration and Refugee Studies, Zerrin has been working in the Middle East and North Africa region over the past eight years, most recently as a Department Deputy Director at StARS, Egypt. For more information please contact email@example.com.
- APRRN’s Afghanistan co-consultants continued collating information on legal pathways out of Afghanistan, mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS), and online education or remote employment opportunities open to Afghan refugees. This information is collated in both English and Dari on ‘APRRN Information on Afghanistan’, an Afghanistan-specific Facebook page, and is now on our bilingual microsite, www.aprrn-afg.org.
- In September 2022, APRRN’s new Fundraising and Development Specialist, Victoria Forsgate, commenced work with the secretariat. Victoria will be working to increase APRRN’s financial sustainability, by strengthening the fundraising capacity of the Secretariat and our members. After 15 years in international NGO management, programs and advocacy in the UK, Victoria moved to Jakarta in 2016. She enjoys supporting activists, grassroots organizations, movements and NGOs to resource and deliver radical and power-shifting ideas. For the last 5 years, she has been accompanying leaders with lived intersectional identities (especially refugee leaders in Indonesia and Black queer liberation activists in the US) to establish and grow their own organisations and innovative initiatives. Victoria especially loves problem-solving, co-creation, alliances and facilitating community-driven change as well as working between NGOs, grassroots organisers, bilaterals and UN agencies to shift the ways power and resources flow through the development and humanitarian sectors. You can reach Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- APRRN participated in an important and powerful event ‘Women and an organised violation of human rights in Afghanistan’ by network member HAMI which marked one year since the Taliban takeover. Numerous Afghan women human rights experts spoke at the event.
- We wish to thank Raihana Attaee, our Afghanistan co-consultant - a former Judge at the Primary Court of Elimination of Violence Against Women - for her invaluable work on the APRRN Afghanistan project and wish her the best for the future. Raihana gave a powerful speech at Government House in Auckland hosted by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, to mark one year since the Taliban seized power. "Women are not allowed to go to work, if a woman wants to travel they have to have a man with them, there is no free media, no freedom of speech. We, Afghan women, tried tirelessly...but unfortunately in a short time, we lost everything. From the day the Taliban took over, it was dark days for Afghanistan." Raihana Attaee.
- 18th September: UNWOMEN and UNHCR in Asia and the Pacific, launched their second joint factsheet focusing on the Afghanistan situation: Afghanistan Crisis Update: Women and Girls in Displacement. Despite the numerous assurances that all girls can go to school, an official announcement was made on 23rd March to postpone the planned reopening of schooling for girls above grade six, potentially leading to long-term negative effects on women’s decision-making, access to opportunities, and their social and economic life. Access to food, clothing and fuel are the top 3 concerns among Afghan returnees, while priority needs for female-headed households are likely to be health care, rent, and fuel. Surveys conducted between October 2021 and April 2022 indicated that 40% of female returnees who head the household are concerned about the risk of eviction while the rate for all households is 28%. The fear is even higher among households led by disabled women - 45% of whom indicated they risk eviction.
- APRRN member Forcibly Displaced People’s Network is calling for abstracts for the second Queer Displacements Conference 2023 with the theme Leadership, Partnership and Belonging. The conference is the first and only of its kind in the Asia Pacific designed to comprehensibly foreground the protection and settlement challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) forcibly displaced people. It was created to champion the voices and the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people. Abstracts are accepted until 16th October. More details are here.
- 7th September: UNSW Sydney conducted a virtual event for the Launch of an Age, Gender and Diversity Training Package - Intersectionality in Practice: Meeting needs and utilising strengths. The event launched a film and training materials to introduce and explain the concepts of ‘intersectionality’ and the UNHCR ‘Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) Framework and Policy’ to refugee-led organisations, UNHCR staff and others working with refugees and forcibly displaced persons. The film was written by Eileen Pittaway, Linda Bartolomei and Andrea Ayala and funded by UNHCR and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It is narrated by Andrea Ayala and was produced by Art Resistance. The one-day training session was designed as part of a DFAT-funded research project: Refugee Women and Girls, Key to the Global Compact on Refugees.
- 25th September: Refugee Communities Association of Australia (RCAA) conducted their first National Interaction Program: Dynamics of the International Refugee Regime. The hybrid program was an opportunity for refugee communities and other stakeholders in Australia to learn about international refugee issues. The event highlighted the paradigm shift in refugee advocacy on international platforms, and how people with lived experiences are contributing to global decision-making and solutions. The panellists included APRRN member Dr Gopal Krishna Siwakoti, President of INHURED International, and other remarkable speakers who shared refugee stories of survival, updates on the Australian Government refugee resettlement programs, multiculturalism and the contributions of refugees in Australia, and how these issues are interconnected beyond borders. The program welcomed government officials, representatives of UNHCR Canberra, settlement service providers, community organisations, refugee and asylum seekers communities, and community and faith leaders.
- 27th September: Najeeba Wazefadost, chair of APRRN’s Refugee Participation and Leadership Working Group and Founder of the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR), joined Samantha Mort from UNICEF Afghanistan and Anna Demant of the Australian International Development Network (AIDN) at the event One Year On: An update on the situation in Afghanistan. The event provided updates on Afghanistan and the catastrophic humanitarian crisis since the Taliban takeover, with millions of Afghans facing severe insecurity, lost income, resource shortages & rising costs.
- 30th September: Chair of the Women, Gender and Diversity Working Group, Apajok Biar, shared her journey as a refugee from South Sudan to Australia on Eternity News. Apajok speaks about the inspiration behind her humanitarian work, domestic issues regarding refugee rights and xenophobia. Read the full article here.
- 7-8th September: In collaboration with Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST), APRRN organised a Workshop for Legal Practitioners. Brian Barbour, an advisor to APRRN’s Rohingya Working Group, worked closely with BLAST to co-design the workshop content and travelled to Bangladesh to co-facilitate and deliver two sessions. A key feature of the workshops was the use of case studies on the risks and challenges identified by stakeholders working in Cox’s Bazar and throughout Bangladesh, such as: coordination, limitations of the legal and policy frameworks and requirements of authorities, lack of awareness and access to referral pathways, gender-related challenges, safety and security, lack of understanding of Bangladesh law and various sensitivities in relation to clients and ethics. The workshops were attended by 37 legal practitioners from BRAC, BLAST and UNHCR.
- 11th September: A Cox’s Bazar court has indicted 29 people for the murder of Mohammad Mohib Ullah, a prominent civilian leader of Myanmar's forcibly displaced Rohingya community, at a refugee camp in Ukhiya in 2021. Preceding his death, Master Mohib Ullah had been serving as Chairman of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, documenting the brutalities committed toward Rohingyas in Myanmar.
- 19th September: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal stated that due to “facing various complications” no more Rohingya citizens would be permitted to enter Bangladesh. The developments emerged following Bangladesh’s statement earlier in the month, expressing deep concern over falling mortar shells inside Bangladesh’s territory, and indiscriminate aerial firing and air space violations from Myanmar. Read more here.
- 24th September: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh urged the UN and global leaders to take effective measures for sustainable repatriation of Rohingya people, warning that if the problem persists it may affect stability and security in the region and beyond. Read more here.
- 23rd September: Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi highlighted the worsening fate and condition of Rohingya refugees during the MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia) foreign ministers’ meeting in New York. Read more here.
- 12th September: APRRN member Forum for Refugee Japan submitted their report to the UN Human Rights Committee for the 7th Periodic Review of Japan based on ICCPR, proposing recommendations on the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons. The report was in response to the Government's report regarding the Commission's list of preliminary questions on the human rights situation of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in the country. Read more here.
- 21st September: The Japanese Government and UNHCR have signed a partnership agreement to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The budget of USD 3.5 million [JPY 505 million] will be used to cultivate access to critical and life-sustaining services for refugees in Cox’s Bazar and camps in Bhasan Char. Download the report here.
- 20th September: APRRN Rohingya Working Group’s Chair, Lilianne Fan, appeared on Astro Awani’s program, Consider This: Refugees - Comprehensive Framework Needed, along with Adrian Pereira from North South Initiative, to discuss the management and protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. Lilianne commented on the current discourse in Malaysia regarding the recommencement of the Tracking Refugee Information System (TRIS). She highlighted that TRIS is not intended to replace the UNHCR card, which is issued only after a lengthy Refugee Status Determination (RSD) process by UNHCR. The MyRC card would be issued following registration with TRIS and would provide refugees and asylum seekers with access to services. Lilianne also spoke about how the Malaysian Government can support refugees through policy change and highlighted frameworks other countries in the region have developed to support refugees.
- Mahi Ramakrishnan’s new documentary Bou won nine international awards. The Malaysian filmmaker has made it her mission to fight for the needs and rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Malaysia. The film raises awareness of the seriousness of trafficking. Bou means bride in the Rohingya language. The investigative documentary sheds light on how children are trafficked, sexually assaulted, and sold as child brides to Rohingya men in Malaysia. The real-life inspired documentary film aims to encourage lawmakers to reform or create policies to protect refugee rights. Read more here.
- APRRN member Brian Gorlick from Refugee Law Initiative contributed an article titled ‘Political-Legal Considerations of the Rohingya Refugee Situation: Seeking Accountability, Relief and Solutions’ to the forthcoming book ‘The Rohingya Crisis - Humanitarian and Legal Approaches’ edited by Manzoor Hasan (BRAC University), Syed Mansoob Murshed and Priya Pillai (Asia Justice Coalition Secretariat). The book will be available for pre-order on 9th December 2022.
- 23rd September: The UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific (RBAP) has shared their UNHCR Flood Response in Pakistan Update #3. Findings for the multi-sectoral rapid needs assessments (MSRNA) in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab are underway to assist humanitarian actors in effectively responding to affected communities. Emergency cash-based assistance has commenced in Punjab Province to support the livelihoods of 56 impacted families and ongoing assistance is being provided in vulnerable areas including Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. 143 out of 144 refugee village schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab are currently functioning, although 34 have been identified as heavily damaged. More funding is needed to rehabilitate damaged schools to ensure the continuity of education.
- 30th September: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a report on the Escalation of Conflict in Rakhine and Southern Chin Flash Update. Advocacy efforts are ongoing at the Rakhine state level to negotiate the lifting of the new restrictions on humanitarian activities. As of 27th September, more than 17,400 people have been newly displaced since August, increasing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to past and present AA-MAF fighting to more than 91,000, according to the UN's latest figures.
- 14th September: The Philippines Government and UNHCR have welcomed six Rohingya refugees into the country as part of the nation’s Complementary Pathways (CPath) pilot program that provides a safe and regulated avenue of admission and stay in the country, including education for the selected group of Rohingya youths. Read more here.
- 21st September: The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University celebrated its 10 years anniversary of Human Rights and Peace Education, concluding with a hybrid academic seminar on 'How Do We Learn from the Past Whilst Paving a Way Forward in Human Rights and Peace Education in Southeast Asia?' An expert panel and keynote address reflected on the lessons learned from human rights and peace education in Southeast Asia over the past decade.
- 24th September: The Thai Parliament has passed a historic anti-torture bill formerly known as the Act on Prevention and Suppression of Torture and Enforced Disappearances. Once authorized, the Bill will give effect to the provisions of the U.N Convention Against Torture and permit Thailand’s ratification of this human rights treaty. Although the new torture bill is a step on the right path for Thailand's treatment of refugees, close monitoring is required considering the country’s history of detention and refoulment. Read more here.
- 30th September: Fortify Rights is urging the Thai Government to urgently address continuous human rights violations prior to the next U.N Human Rights Council Election, as the Government announced its intention to run for the 2025-2027 term. “Taking this step means that Thailand must be prepared to immediately end and remedy human rights violations at home,” said Amy Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights. “For Thailand’s candidacy to be taken seriously, the authorities need to ensure refugee protections, LGBTI+ rights, and rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and more.”
- 14th September: The United Nations Network on Migration conducted a virtual meeting on how networks can strengthen and integrate their efforts nationally, regionally and globally in line with the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) Progress Declaration. The meeting was held in preparation for the 2024 regional reviews to discuss what should be reflected in global and regional work plans in support of the GCM implementation. It provided an opportunity for regional networks and stakeholders to share their input on the network’s work plan for 2022-2024.
- 15th September: APRRN Chair, Hafsar Tameesuddin and Rohingya Working Group Chair, Lilianne Fan, attended the Regional Humanitarian Advocacy Consultation on Rohingya Displacement, jointly organised by IOM, UNHCR and ADSP. The meeting was convened for the humanitarian community to take stock of the current situation and to discuss how coordinated regional responses and advocacy can be strengthened. Hafsar was the only Rohingya refugee representative amongst the participants and spoke passionately about ensuring Rohingya refugees are included as part of the dialogue when discussing plans and advocacy efforts. Of the three final recommendations of the consultation, ensuring meaningful participation of Rohingya representatives was one.
- APRRN members were featured in Forced Migration Review, a forum for exchanging practical experience and information between researchers, refugees and internally displaced people, published by the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford). Articles include: Meaningful representation starts at the top: refugees on UNHCR’s ExCom by Bahati Kanyamanza; Shifting power in forced displacement: the need for internal organisational change by Sana Mustafa, Deepa Nambiar and Rahul Balasundaram of Asylum Access; Not just a seat at the table: refugee participation and the importance of listening by Tristan Harley, Suyeon Lee from Act for Peace and Najeeba Wazefadost from APNOR; and Voice and power at the intersection of art, technology and advocacy by Alison Kent and Alexandra Kotowski from Oxfam.
- 5th September: The Global Detention Project (GDP) conducted the third in its series of interactive webinars on how civil society organisations can mobilise international and regional human rights mechanisms to protect the rights of detained refugees and migrants. The webinar concentrated on the various mechanisms established by the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT), including the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), sought to prevent torture and ill-treatment in detention. Read more here.
- 19 September: The UNHCR has published the UnderFunded Report detailing the UNHCR’s unprecedented 10 billion USD budget push. The war in Ukraine that has caused economic catastrophe across the world, and the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly contributed to the increase in the number of forcibly displaced and stateless people across the world, escalating UNHCR’s budget. Despite ample response from donors, there is a tremendous gap between funds available and funds required to meet the urgent and basic needs of people, particularly those not covered in mainstream media.
- 24-28th September: The Global South Women’s Forum made a come-back in 2022 with the Global Tribunal of Women Workers. In collaboration with 28 organisations, The Global Tribunal will visualise the human rights violations faced by women workers and amplify their demands for accountability and just alternatives. Sessions topics will include: ending gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work, care work, social protection, decent work, health rights of workers, wage inequality and ‘equal pay for work of equal value. Visit their site to view the ongoing full programme which concludes on 9th October.
- 29th September: The Global Detention Project (GDP) has elected former APRRN Immigration Detention Deputy Chair Sahar Okhovat as its new president. Addressing the GDP ahead of her election, Sahar said: “There are a lot of organisations across the world who focus on immigration detention, but what the Global Detention Project does is unique. … I have never come across another organisation that compiles such detailed information about detention practices worldwide, and it is information like this that really helps to inform and strengthen evidence-based advocacy. I have personally used the Global Detention Project’s information in my own advocacy work; the rich resource enables one to draw international comparisons, which can greatly strengthen pushes for reform.”
- 29th September: Amnesty International has published a report entitled The Social Activity: Meta and the Right to Remedy for the Rohingya, proving an in-depth analysis of how Meta formerly (Facebook)’s role in algorithms and reckless pursuit of profit substantially contributed to the atrocities perpetrated by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya people in 2017. The algorithm promoted posts inciting violence and discrimination toward Rohingyas.
- LERRN Partner Jeff Crisp and former UNHCR staff member (1987-2013) wrote a critical article on the UN’s refugee agency, identifying the key features of its organizational culture and providing advice to individuals and organizations who are attempting to influence the agency’s positions, policies and programmes. Read the full article here.
- Sora Union, a new start-up began by hiring Ukraine refugees for remote work but plans to expand to displaced people across the globe, commencing with Egypt, Nigeria and Brazil. Sora’s leaders are also hoping to upskill their employees through English classes and other technical courses, paving the way for more customers. Read more here.
Development opportunities and tools
- APRRN has officially commenced our Refugee Rights and Advocacy Course 2022, partnering with the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University and the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York! Our course is a combination of practical and learning modules with the aim of developing critical human-rights understanding relevant to forced migration issues and strengthening the capacity of advocates for refugee rights in the Asia Pacific region. Each year our course brings together a range of experts, from experienced practitioners to advocates with lived refugee experience as resource people and mentors. Participants will also have spaces to network, exchange and be connected with a wider community of practice. Enquiries about the course can be directed to the APRRN Secretariat at email@example.com.
- The Center for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) has partnered with the Asia Displacement Solutions Platform (ADSP), the Mixed Migration Centre - Asia, and the Danish Refugee Council Diaspora Unit for their second Professional Development Course on Evidence-Based Advocacy for Afghan Diaspora (3-7th November, Copenhagen). The course builds on modules and tools from APRRN’s annual Refugee Rights and Advocacy course, and aims to strengthen participants’ capacity, expertise and knowledge in advocating for the rights of Afghans in need of protection. It will provide an interdisciplinary overview of forced migration covering legal, political, social, and economic elements. The hybrid course will examine the role of civil society, humanitarian agencies, governments, the private sector, the media, UN agencies, and others, and develop an understanding of how to better promote the rights of displaced Afghans. It will strengthen linkages between the diaspora and civil society in Afghanistan by highlighting successful (and unsuccessful) advocacy models and discussing the components of an advocacy strategy.
- The Asia Pacific Network of Refugees is conducting a survey on Refugee capacity building needs in the Asia Pacific Region. Based on this survey APNOR will conduct training to empower refugees for a better future. Please head over here to take the survey.
- Tool: The Migration & Asylum Project (M.A.P) has successfully launched a first-of-its-kind app for forcibly displaced women/girls in India. 'Talika' is designed for communities with low literacy levels, poor digital capacities, heightened privacy concerns, and language barriers. Through this app, M.A.P aims to facilitate linkages to hyperlocal support structures, mainly, NGOs, paralegal volunteers, government clinics, police stations, legal aid centres etc., and government helplines. The app is available for Android users to download here.
- Settlement Services International is currently calling for applicants with a refugee background to join their Refugee Employment Support Programme (RESP). RESP is available to people in western Sydney and the Illawarra who are underemployed or unemployed and require extra support. Anyone who arrived in Australia on a refugee visa from December 1, 2011, aged 16 to 66, is eligible for the programme. For the full description, please go here.
- Talent Beyond Borders (TBB) offers an employment connection platform for refugees, in English and Arabic. TBB is a nonprofit organisation committed to opening labour mobility pathways for refugees and other displaced people. TBB does not work on refugee resettlement but rather connects refugees with international employment opportunities so that they may work in countries where they can access full rights and stability. By registering on the platform, refugees are connected to companies in need of their skills. Employers gain valuable talent and displaced people have a chance to rebuild their careers and lives. More information is here.
- The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bangkok has a call for proposals for Local Transformation Projects (LTPs) on human rights. Average grant size: approx. 11,700 USD. Only legally registered local Thai/Lao organisations are eligible. Deadline: 1 November 2022. Read more here.
- Elton John AIDS Foundation is seeking pilot project proposals to measurably and meaningfully engage, educate and link Very Young Adolescents (VYAs) aged 10 – 14 to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Information and Services. Organizations must be registered and have Child Safeguarding policies. Consortiums are encouraged to apply. Grant amount not specified. Countries in Asia: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam. Deadline: 28 October 2022 (13:00 GMT). Read more here.
- NiwanoPeace Foundation is inviting proposals for its Activity Grant: Building a World of Peace and Coexistence. Proposals accepted for (a) Social activities based on the spirit of religious principles, and (b) Grassroots activities deployed in a local community for workshops/meetings on collaboration by groups and individuals from diverse organizations and religious groups. Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000. All countries are eligible. Individuals, registered and unregistered organisations are eligible. Deadline: 22 October 2022 (23:59 Japan time). Read more here.
- Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge is open to next-gen leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (must be aged 18 - 30 years) with fresh solutions to today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. The winners will receive cash awards to implement their idea. Cash Awards of $1000- $10,000. All countries are eligible. Deadline: 9 November 2022. Read more here.
- The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy will soon open a second round of its grants program to strengthen democracy and human rights in Taiwan and Northeast/Southeast Asia. Project categories include: advocacy, research, conferences, publications and education. The majority of grants are between US$3,000 and US$20,000. Deadline: 15 December 2022 (2nd Call, 2022). Read more here.
- UN Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) is providing financial support to projects that address gaps in services to assist and support victims, and sustainable economic empowerment with a focus on income generation activities. Project beneficiaries should be victims of SEA by UN personnel, therefore an NGO shall be in contact with UN organizations that are in possession of a list of SEA victims. All countries are eligible. Grant size not available. Deadline: 15 October 2022. Read more here.
If you would like to apply to one of these funds in partnership with APRRN, please reach out to Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org. APRRN would be happy to provide support and/or partnership where needed.
Want to see more funding opportunities? Please see here for APRRN’s funding database, which in particular sets out funding opportunities for refugee-led organisations and initiatives, alongside a sign-up sheet to provide support on applications as needed.
Please support our crowd-funding campaign to enable us to channel funding to refugee-led organisations (RLOs) across the Asia Pacific. RLOs are experts in providing effective interventions due to their practical understanding of the unique situation refugees are in. In other words, RLOs bridge the gap between absent refugee protection policy and the essential services this population needs. Despite the vital nature of this work, RLOs are often excluded from funding streams due to complex donor requirements and administrative burdens, compounded by a competitive environment. This in turn limits RLOs’ autonomy, leadership and connection to the global community. APRRN is thus raising funds to channel finance directly to RLOs, to ensure these organisations can continue to support, protect and assist the ever-expanding refugee population across the region.
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