Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award

Asylum Access

Resourcing Local Refugee Leadership for Inclusion and Long-term Solutions

In partnership with refugee-led organizations Basmeh & Zeitooneh in Lebanon, FUNDACOLVEN in Colombia, RAIC in Indonesia, StARS in Egypt, and YARID in Uganda, Asylum Access will build the capacity of other refugee-led organizations to scale up their influence and position refugees to lead solutions for their communities.

Executive Summary

Few of today’s 26 million refugees can safely repatriate; therefore, we need approaches facilitating host community inclusion and driving solutions, now. Those approaches already exist. Refugee-led organizations (RLOs) are facilitating inclusion in host communities with awareness outsiders don’t have, and driving solutions for people outsiders can’t reach. The evidence is clear: RLO efforts are community-driven, context intelligent, and culturally nuanced. But, they rarely have the resources — funding, operational elements and political influence — to maximize impact. This project will ensure these resources reach local RLOs. Led by a global coalition of 5 successful RLOs, and ally/convener Asylum Access, this RLO-to-RLO support approach will resource, capacitize and position ~50 existing, local RLOs to scale their influence and impact, reaching over 2,000,000 refugees. Beyond the project, our game-changing, “pay-it-forward” model and Fund will center RLOs within systems of response, catalyzing inclusion and solutions for refugees around the world.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Asylum Access

Organization Headquarters
California, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
51 to 100

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