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Anila Noor: Refugees want a real say in decisions shaping their lives: here’s how that could happen…

The phrase “meaningful participation of refugees” has become an important buzz phrase in the humanitarian sector.

In this blog, Anila Noor draws on a recent paper to set out what refugee-led organisations are looking for in the run-up to next year’s crucial Global Refugee Forum – and top of the list is enough seats at the table: she says 25% of participants at the forum should be refugees.

Other key recommendations include calls for more support for refugee empowerment and for organisations such as the Global Refugee-led network; and for NGOs to do some “deep soul-searching” to ensure diversity in staffing to include displaced people. 

Read the blog and the associated paper.