In 2018, less than 3 percent of refugees went home. The vast majority struggle to get by in countries unable to meet their needs. Most relief efforts are focused on food, shelter and basic health care—but refugees also require education and livelihoods opportunities if they are to rebuild their lives. The IRC strives for “better aid” that delivers assistance more effectively, efficiently, and sustainably.
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Modernizing the global response to refugee crises
- Lessons for IDA19 and the FCV Strategy
The Role of the World Bank in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations
- In August 2017, more than 740,000 stateless Rohingya started to flee systematic violence and persecution perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and other security forces in Rakhine State.
Moving Beyond the Emergency: A Whole of Society Approach to the Refugee Response in Bangladesh
- In our new policy note, we outline recommendations for the implementation of the IDA18 sub-window moving forward and makes the case for a sub-window in the IDA19 replenishment. Below, you’ll find a summary of those recommendations.
Five Ways to Improve the World Bank Funding for Refugees and Hosts in Low- Income Countries and Why These Dedicated Resources Matter More than Ever
- Cameroon aspires to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and become an upper-middle-income country by 2035.
New Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Promises & Challenges in Cameroon: A case study of World Bank financing for refugee-hosting nations
- Uganda, in many ways, is ground zero for new global initiatives to address large-scale, protracted displacement.
New Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Promises and Challenges in Uganda A case study of World Bank financing for refugee-hosting nations
- In 2016, the Government of Ethiopia made nine pledges to improve the lives of refugees and host communities.
New Responses to the Refugee Crisis: Promises and Challenges in Ethiopia: A case study of World Bank financing for refugee-hosting nations
- The international community has come together in new ways to address forced displacement—one of the biggest challenges of the early twenty-first century.
Tackling the realities of protracted displacement: case studies on what’s working and where we can do better
- UN Member States are entering the final stages of consultations to agree on a Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). Two years after the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, we fear the international community is walking away from a rare opport
- The war in Syria has raged on for six years, causing a staggering 11 million people to flee for their lives — the largest refugee crisis of our time. More than six million are displaced inside the country, and nearly five million have fled to nearby count
In search of work: creating jobs for Syrian refugees
- The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee crisis of our time. The Syrian war, now entering its eighth year, has displaced more than 11 million Syrians—5.6 million of which have fled in search of a safer and more stable life outside of Syria’s borde
Still in search of work - Creating jobs for Syrian refugees: An update on the Jordan compact
- An unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and a changing landscape. The global community is facing extraordinary shifts in forced displacement. Today, more people than ever before—65 million, including 21 million refugees—are displaced by conflict.
Refugee Compacts: An Initial Framework
- Today’s refugee crisis poses serious challenges to the international order. Conflict and crisis have pushed some 21 million people to seek refuge outside their home countries, including 5 million who have fled Syria since the civil war began in 2011. Appr
Refugee Compacts Brief: addressing the crisis of protracted displacement