January 24, 2019

Project title:Civil society and the global refugee regime: Understanding and enhancing impact through the implementation of global refugee policy

Project description

Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and lead by Carleton University the 7-years project is aimed to co-create a comparative study of efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse local contexts, identify the range of actors and factors that condition implementation, and identify how civil society actors can contribute to improved outcomes for refugees.

The central goal of this project is to understand and enhance the role of civil society in responding to the needs of refugees in the global South.

The Project involves a large number of international heterogeneous actors such as academics from the global North and South and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) primarily in Canada, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania, the Government of Canada and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who agreed that enhanced civil society engagement in responding to the needs of refugees in the global South would improve outcomes for refugees, hosting states and donor and resettlement countries.

The three core objectives of the proposal are:

1.      Co-create a comparative study of efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse local contexts to identify the range of factors that mediate implementation, explain variation between contexts, and to identify moments and mechanisms through which the perspectives of civil society actors can contribute to enhanced protection and solutions for refugees.


2.      Develop and enhance a civil society network engaged in the functioning of the global refugee regime through capacity-building, training and mentoring activities for graduate students and emerging scholars in the global North and South, NGO workers and refugees.


3.      Produce knowledge-mobilization mechanisms to promote co-created knowledge through traditional and innovative forms, with a particular emphasis on seeking to address the political economy of knowledge production that has tended to disadvantage the perspective of scholars and other voices in the global South (Landau 2012), and to influence policy and public debates


The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) will lead the Jordan Working Group by directly engaging local stakeholders and representatives from the civil society that will gather together in occasion of the kick off meeting that held on Thursday 24th of January 2019. At the time of writing confirmed participants are representatives from:


         Jordan Program for Journalists for Human Rights



         Souryat Without Borders

         The Centre for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD)

         WUSC office in Amman

         Refugees Studies Center - Yarmouk University

         Ambassador of Canada in Jordan


In details, the CSS will implement the following actions:


         Capacity-building: Training and mentoring for students

         Co-creating knowledge: two waves of addressed research in Year 2 and Year 6 through the implementation of a mixed-methods approach (2 surveys and 2 series of Focus Group Discussions)

         Knowledge mobilization: hosting training sessions for the interested bodies (NGOs, policy makers, students and refugees etc.) and publication of Policy briefs in English and Arabic