Source description last updated: 7 November 2019

In brief: Refugees International (RI) is a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organisation that advocates for assistance and protection for displaced people and recommends solutions to displacement crises.

Coverage on ecoi.net:

Field Reports, Issue Briefs, In-Depth Reports.

Covered weekly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-C.

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:

“Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.” (RI website: Our Mission, undated)

“Refugees International focuses on the important refugee, displacement, humanitarian, and human rights issues that need urgent attention and action by government officials, policymakers, and other international organizations. Our advocates travel to some of the world’s most severe displacement crises, examining the conditions facing refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), and assessing the responses to those needs by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local and international aid organizations.” (RI website: What we do, undated)

Funding:

RI states that it does not accept any funding from governments or the United Nations (RI website: What we do, undated).

The organisation’s total revenues in 2018 amounted to USD 6,372,091, stemming from contributions, foundation grants and in-kind donations, amongst others (RI: Annual Report, 2018, p. 48). Financial supporters include private companies, philanthropic foundations and individual donors (RI website: Annual Report, 2018, pp. 42-46).

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: worldwide

Thematic focus: situation of refugees and displaced persons

Methodology:

“Each year, Refugees International conducts approximately twenty field missions to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services such as food, water, healthcare, housing, access to education and protection from harm” (RI website: Our Mission, undated). Field reports are based on field research involving interviews with sources such as UN, government and NGO representatives and people affected by displacement (see, for example, RI: Still In Danger: Women And Girls Face Sexual Violence In South Sudan Despite Peace Deal, October 2019, p. 7; RI: No Confidence: Displaced South Sudanese Await ‘Real Peace’, October 2019, p. 9). In addition, reports may refer to findings from previous RI missions (see, for example, RI: No Confidence: Displaced South Sudanese Await ‘Real Peace’, October 2019, p. 9) and information collected by other institutions (see, for example, RI: Still In Danger: Women And Girls Face Sexual Violence In South Sudan Despite Peace Deal, October 2019, p. 7; RI: No Confidence: Displaced South Sudanese Await ‘Real Peace’, October 2019, p. 9). If a region cannot be accessed due to security reasons, a RI team may travel to a neighbouring country to consult sources knowledgeable about the region, and conduct telephone interviews with organisations and affected persons on the ground (see, for example, RI: Losing Their Last Refuge; Inside Idlib's humanitarian nightmare, September 2019, p. 9).

Languages of publication:

English with some reports also available in Arabic, French, Spanish.

 

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