After 10 years of advocacy and action, we are embarking on a new adventure by coming together with another refugee-focused organization, Xavier Project!
We have been working with Xavier Project for several years and share the same belief that refugees are best placed to make the decisions that affect their own lives and to lead change in their communities.
We know that there is so much more to do and we believe that by joining forces with Xavier Project we can achieve even more.
The challenge is to strengthen and expand this movement and to respond to the growing number of refugees in the world, from 41 million in 2011, to 64.4 million today and a predicted 100 million by 2050.
Therefore, to accelerate the transfer of power and funds to RLOs, we have decided to share our resources, networks and expertise with the Xavier Project.
By mid-2022, our new organisation will:
“Urban Refugees and Xavier Project do partnerships in a different way, like no one else. They respect us. And with respect, we can really make a difference.” John Bolingo, President of Uganda’s National RLO Network (RELON)
More broadly, we want to lead the way for change in the humanitarian sector, by ensuring that organizations created and led by refugees themselves really are the priority – and that our support to them is maximized by avoiding any duplication in our work and reducing unnecessary costs
We are already working together with the teams and partners of our two organizations, in particular the RLOs we support, to launch our new organization. Our new name of which will be revealed early 2022 !
We hope that you will continue on this journey with us, as we aim to change the way in which the world sees refugees !