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The failure to fund refugee-led organisations: why the current system is not working, and the potential for change

Research report

Written by Caitlin Sturridge, Fran Girling-Morris, Alexandra Spencer, Andhira Kara, Carina Chicet

Image credit:Illustration: Ada Jušić

Refugee-led organisations (RLOs) are a crucial cog in the refugee-response machine, providing essential services to their communities, as well as being more likely to lead responses that are accountable, legitimate, transparent, effective and impactful.

This five-year research project aims to provide rigorous and independent snapshots of funding over time and an evidence-based advocacy tool to improve the quantity and quality of funding that is directed to RLOs. The project focuses on the following research questions:

  • What is the rationale for donors funding RLOs?
  • How much funding are donors allocating to RLOs?
  • What is the quality of the funding to RLOs?
  • What needs to happen to improve the quantity and quality of funding to RLOs?