Wednesday, September 18, 2019
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Download iCalendar entry for this event.
1129 20th St NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC

Political Participation of Refugees – Do We Need a ‘Reset’ in Refugee Policies and Practices?

With more than 25 million refugees worldwide in 2019, and their numbers rising at a much faster rate than we can develop durable solutions for them, it is critically important for policymakers and implementing organizations to address political participation of refugees. Insufficient involvement of refugees in political decision-making not only directly affects the refugees’ social integration and security but also can contribute to political crisis in their home countries and/or lead to new instability in the host region. Further complicating the international response, both humanitarian and development organizations work on these issues, which in many cases makes common action more difficult. Can we see the intersection of humanitarian and development work as a space that offers opportunities for synergies and new ways of cooperation between the two sectors? What would a new approach on enhancing political participation of refugees look like? Could there be a common agenda for advocacy?

The SID-Washington DRG Workgroup plans to organize an event to address these critically important but underappreciated issues. A representative of International IDEA will share the conclusions of their important report on Political Participation of Refugees, Bridging the Gaps (2018), and a diverse, highly experienced panel of experts will address challenges, opportunities, and potential new approaches related to political participation of refugees. We hope to facilitate an open discussion with attendees, looking for diverse experiences, potential solutions, and especially views on how we can collectively work to “reset” policy on political participation of refugees.

This event is part of SID-Washington's Series on Navigating the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus.

This event will be followed by a lunch sponsored by Counterpart International.

Due to high demand, registration for this event has closed. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email events@sidw.org.


President and CEO, Counterpart International


Senior Programme Officer for the Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis Unit, IDEA International
Delegate for Pennsylvania & Chairman, Advocacy and Communication Committee, Refugee Congress
Senior Advocate and UN Liaison, Refugees International

Workgroup Co-Chairs

President, Democracy International, Inc.
President and CEO, Counterpart International
For more information contact Paul Sherman at: events@sidw.org