Las organizaciones lideradas por refugiados (OLR) son eficaces porque tienen un conocimiento que las organizaciones del extranjero no tienen y están impulsando soluciones para personas a las que las organizaciones del extranjero no pueden alcanzar.
In May 2021, the Resourcing Refugee Leadership Initiative was selected as the winner of the $10 million Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award, one of the largest ever investments in the refugee leadership movement. This award was the first step in our efforts to establish the first-of-its-kind RLO-to-RLO fund, a fund managed by refugees for refugees. RRLI has established a funding and support model that will enable at least 50 RLOs to sustain and scale their impact within the next five years. Through this effort, we will reach over 1,000,000 people across every major refugee-hosting region globally with holistic, community-driven support and solutions.
With this latest round of grants - US$1.18m in direct funding - RRLI has now funded over $3.6 million directly to refugee-led partner organizations. We invite you to get to know our incredible new partner organizations that are expanding their community-led work thanks to the RLO-to-RLO Fund.
El Derecho a No Obedecer (“The Right to Not Obey”)
El Derecho a No Obedecer (“El DANO”) is a Venezuelan youth-led initiative that promotes and advocates for social and cultural integration among migrants, refugees, returnees and their host communities, and fights against unjust narratives of xenophobia. They do so primarily through a three step theory of change: create spaces for conversation between varied stakeholders including the refugee community, host community, government, private sector, and academia; convene networks that act upon the recommendations of those stakeholders; and support the mobilization of network campaigning through strategic advocacy and communications, including through social media and research.
La Fundación Radaber (“Radaber”) is a Venezuelan women-led organisation that provides holistic services to refugees and migrants living in the state of Cundinamarca in Colombia -- an underserved location in Colombia. Radaber was in existence for 15 years in Venezuela, and was recreated in Colombia in 2018 after the founder was forced to flee Venezuela. Radaber focuses on providing access to legal status, education, and healthcare for the migrant and refugee population, in addition to humanitarian aid and support for entrepreneurs.
Faysel Community School - Cairo
Faysel Community School’s mission is to develop well rounded, confident, and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. They do this by providing a welcoming, happy, safe, equitable and supportive environment to access educational opportunities, as well as legal services and counselling. Faysel Community School runs the largest refugee community school system in Cairo, with four sites and a variety of programs reaching 1400 students of all ages annually.