Knowing your audience

Tailored communications and researcher capacity building will help refugees

By 2 July 2018

The final round of formal consultations to establish the Global Compact on Refugees, led by UNHCR, is underway in Geneva.

The objective is to improve the wellbeing of the forcibly displaced and host communities by improving global knowledge on the effectiveness of policies and programs that target these populations.

This will be achieved by financing research and impact evaluations that cover policies and programs for refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and their host populations and by disseminating findings among policy makers, beneficiaries and the public at large.

Activities

The program consists of five activities that will contribute to different aspects of research that are critical to build the evidence base on protracted forced displacement situations. The activities highlight not only the important of more and better research and evidence, but also the need for communications tailored to ensure that it is in a format that will be usable by policymakers and practitioners to inform decision-making (Activity 3). There is also a commitment (Activity 5) to support young and senior fellows via a Young Fellowship Program to provide postdoctoral scholars with a one-year fellowship to study forced displacement situations and a research network of senior and junior scholars working on forced displacement with microdata.

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