Refugees International (RI)
http://www.refugeesinternational.org
Mission/Mandate:
“Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.” (RI Website, http://www.refugeesinternational.org/who-we-are, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Target group:
Governments, international organisations.
Objective:
“Timely responses to refugee crises can increase stability in a region before the conflict spreads across borders. Due to our efforts, abandoned refugees receive food, medicine and education; displaced families return home; peacekeepers are sent to protect displaced people from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status. [...]
Each year, Refugees International conducts 20 to 25 field missions to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services such as food, water, health care, housing, access to education and protection from harm. Based on our field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies, we successfully challenge policy makers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. Where there are needs, we witness what is lacking, we present solutions and we demand action.” (RI Website, http://www.refugeesinternational.org/who-we-are, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Funding:
Donations from individuals, foundations and corporations; no government or UN funding.
A list of donors and supporters is included in the Annual Report (http://www.refugeesinternational.org/sites/default/files/RI_2007AR_with%20Donor%20Bk.pdf, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Worldwide.
Thematic focus: RI’s reports and recommendations focus on displacement. Thematic issues include Neglected Crises, Return and Reintegration, Peacekeeping, Internal Displacement, Statelessness (RI Website, http://www.refugeesinternational.org/who-we-are/our-issues, accessed on 17 December 2008)
Reporting methodology:
RI’s “advocates spend weeks in the field to reach populations that are most in need and determine immediate, practical ways to address the humanitarian emergencies they face. By interviewing displaced people, non-governmental organizations and aid agencies, they acquire the most up-to-date information available and identify immediate solutions.
Upon completion of every mission, Refugees International’s advocates write up their recommendations in brief policy bulletins.” (RI Website, http://www.refugeesinternational.org/section/poladv, accessed on 11 June 2007, not available as of 17 December 2008)
Publication cycle:
RI continuously publishes country-specific reports, policy recommendations and advocacy letters.
RI also provides an annual report which is available on its website (http://www.refugeesinternational.org/sites/default/files/RI_2007AR_with%20Donor%20Bk.pdf, accessed on 17 December 2008).
Language:
English
Navigation of website:
Home > Where we work: Overview of countries RI works on; including links to country pages where country-specific reports and policy papers are published.
Home > For Policy Makers: contains list of most recent Field Reports and In-Depth Reports; contains also policy recommendations and advocacy letters to the US Congress, the United Nations and the US Administration; older publications can be browsed via a search engine.
Additional references:
Sourcewatch: Refugees International
http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Refugees_International (accessed on 17 December 2008)
Wikipedia: Refugees International
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugees_International (accessed on 17 December 2008)
ecoi.net summary:

RI’s reports and recommendations focus on displacement. Thematic issues include Neglected Crises, Return and Reintegration, Peacekeeping, Internal Displacement, Statelessness.

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