Meeting Minutes for Refugees and Forced Migration Hub
|Date:||September 22, 6-8 pm|
|Location:||The Salvation Army – 221 E 52nd Street, New York City, NY 10022|
Sadia Kidwai, Islamic Relief Worldwide- [email protected]
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London- [email protected]
Matthew Frost (JLI)
Jean Duff (JLI)
Sadia Kidwai (Islamic Relief Worldwide)
Anwar Khan (Islamic Relief USA)
Peter (Integritas Intl Advisors)
Isis Sunwoo (World Vision International)
Alastair Ager (QMU & Columbia)
Jennifer Poidatz (Catholic Relief Services)
Sharif Aly (Islamic Relief USA)
Harvey Dupiton (Xen Pi Co & Assoc)
David Gibson (International Affairs)
Fraser Murray (Christian Aid)
Peter Howard (Food for the Hungry)
Lucas Koach (Food for the Hungry)
Claire Fletcher (University College London -UCL)
Maya Wahrman (Princeton University)
Christo Greyling (World Vision International)
Tara Gingerich (Oxfam America)
Carlos Mejia (Oxfam America)
Bastian De Vos (ZOA)
Phone: Elena Fiddian- Qasmiyeh (UCL)
Olivia Wilkinson (Trinity College Dublin)
Diane Moore (Harvard University)
Tahir Zaman (University of Groningen)
Shereen El Feki (University of Toronto)
- Introductions (6:00-6:55 pm)
- Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)
Refugees and Forced Migration (RFM) Learning Hub (July conference call)
- Terms of Reference (TOR)
- What roles have faith-based actors played to support refugees throughout different stages and different spaces of their journeys?
- What evidence exists of faith-based initiatives to support refugees having had a positive impact on protection outcomes?
- To what extent, and how, are local faith communities and religious leaders promoting refugees’ protection and resilience?
- How do the theological reflections of local faith communities on issues around forced migration, hospitality and solidarity influence their approaches?
- How effective are current partnerships and relationships between faith communities and the mainstream humanitarian architecture/formal protection mechanisms?
- What lessons can be drawn from the ways that specific faith groups/communities interact with refugees?
- Alastair: as a past chair of resilience hub that addressed some similar issues, worked for 3-4 years and encourage this to work towards a finite time
- Participant introductions
- Reflections on the UN Summit (6:30-6:50 pm)
- Human Rights Watch started the session
- Discussion had remarks that were negative and stressed refugee burden on host countries- round table 1 was very negative
- No mention of faith
- Session with refugees (Refugee Voices) was very uplifting
- FBO and faith presence seemed to be focused on side events rather than main UN sessions (i.e. Holy See event)
- Very few details were given on the Global Compact during the Compact session
- In general, New York Declaration had no new commitments behind it or “meat”, and nothing that pushes us forward. Disappointing that there are no specific commitments which we can track.
- Scoping Study Plans (6:50-7:50 pm)
Introduction of scoping study
- Targeted lit review, grey lit and case studies from members of hub, interviews with practitioners
- Role of hub members in scoping study: writing case study, case studies from members, fill in geographic areas
- Explore thematic scoping studies
- Dissemination and call for further research
- Possible themes raised in previous meeting:
- Relationship b/t faith-based and secular actors and influential position of faith groups (attitude and practice)
- Relationship b/t gender and faith-based responses
- Rights of women & children
- Spiritual needs of refugees and IDPs
- Psycho-social and pastoral care of migrants
- FBOs and safe passage
Discussion of participation and development of potential themes
- Identifying the key policy and practice change objectives are we looking for; who are our targets and champions?
- Efficiency and effectiveness: Donors are interested in aid effectiveness conversation, especially efficiencies with working with local faith actors. Evidence of whether, and if so how, FBO service provision is more efficient?
- Teminology: consider the advantages and limitations of both secular and FBO language; terminology that is accessible to secular organisations; religious literacy
- Role of spirituality – to what extent do secular (ie MSF) and faith-based organistions respond to the spiritual needs of beneficiaries (ie if they believe in holistic care)
- Education with, for and about refugees
- Relationship between local, national and international faith-based actors, including FBOs understanding local communities, ecumenical practice etc.
- Measurement, including ‘faith metrics’ – consider how we measure change, including change in hope, change in attitudes, etc.
- Recognise and meaningfully address common fears held by secular groups towards FBOs, and by FBOs towards secular groups – ie assumptions re. proselytizing; the implications of FBOs representing themselves as being ‘the same’ as secular organisations, etc.
- Consider what different actors (including refugees) consider to be distinctive between the groups: what is the unique contribution that FBOs and LFCs can offer that secular organisations can’t/don’t.
Oct 2017 working meeting: Hub members might be able to present case studies, mechanisms, methods
- Questions to potentially explore in the next meeting:
- How to hold international and national actors accountable re. the results of the Refugee Summit and the New York Declaration
- How to chart advocacy influence and a more formal refugee response plan?
- Next steps and Goals (7:50-8:00 pm)
- October 2017 International Forum, Localizing Response to Humanitarian Need: The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Organizations
- Attach fliers for working meetings etc
- Prepare a more concrete concept note
- Set clearer policy targets and identify who are we looking to influence
Jean Duff, Coordinator- [email protected]
Stacy Nam, Knowledge Manager- [email protected]