Refugee and Migrant Initiatives
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that 65.6 million individuals are fleeing their homes due to war, persecution, and violence.
Among them are 40.3 million people internally displaced within their countries and nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. In addition, 10 million stateless people have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, and employment.
Reinforcing a protection and development nexus is critical to forming policy, practice, and systems change that will serve crisis and conflict protection interests as well as the long-term development context.
This work focuses on refugees, internally displaced (IDPs) and stateless populations, and those affected by new forms of displacement, such as environmentally displaced persons, victims of human trafficking and other forms of violence, and other forced migrant categories.
With a mission to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, AIR recognizes the importance of this extraordinary challenge and both a humanitarian and development imperative to assist governments, UN agencies, and key stakeholders to enforce stronger, more relevant policies and implement evidence-based interventions that protect the rights and dignity of those forcibly displaced.
We explore both durable solutions and migration management in terms of integration, return, and resettlement as well as address research, policy, practice, and system change in low-, medium-, and high-income settings.
Working in Refugee, Stateless, and IDP Communities – Key Examples
- Designing and implementing an evaluation of remedial education in the refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma in Kenya in partnership with World University Canada (2016-2019)
- Rigorous evaluation of the scalability, efficiency, and effects of the Kepler program in Kiziba Refugee Camp, Rwanda, in partnership with Kepler and the University of Maastricht (2016-2019)
- Cash transfer evaluation among Syrian communities in Lebanon (2016)
- Development of legal resource handbook for refugee community centers in Cairo to provide information to Syrian and Sudanese refugees on their rights related to accessing available education, health and livelihoods services (2015)
- Situational stakeholder analysis and the development of survey methodology tools for an enumeration of the stateless population in the Dominican Republic (2014-2015)
- Technical and logistical support to the UN technical conference in Lebanon on education service delivery as part of the Syrian regional refugee response (2013)
- Literature review and analysis of and field research on teacher retention challenges in refugee camps in Algeria, Ethiopia, and Pakistan (2013)
- Qualitative evaluation of community-based technology access centers in Armenia, Georgia, Kenya, and Rwanda (2012)
Supporting Communities in Need with Content and Technical Expertise
A broad range of AIR services support our human rights and refugee initiatives including trauma-informed care, youth development and supportive learning environments, livelihood protection, literacy and language acquisition, disability and rehabilitation, and child and youth gender-based violence prevention. Learn more about our services in each of these areas >>
We are committed to applying and producing the best evidence and the highest quality work. Our quality assurance process encompasses all stages of a project, from research design to evidence-based conclusions and recommendations, to implementation and scale-up. Further, we provide rigorous monitoring and evaluation, including mixed-methods approaches, as well as process, outcome, and impact evaluations.