Refugee leadership development builds the capacity of refugees to lead sustainable, empowered lives. As leaders, refugees can work to strengthen the resources and networks in their own communities.
Programming that includes capacity building, skills trainings, network building, and other leadership development programs invest in refugee individuals who in turn lead refugees to find human rights solutions. The focus should be on developing the abilities the person to provide efficient leadership and not the leadership mechanics to better ensure that refugee leaders stay engaged and committed. While programming should be developed based on the requests and needs of the leaders rather than an organizational agenda, the organization may wish to suggest certain themes and tools but always in agreement with its refugee leader participants.
This section explains how leadership development is a key element of community legal empowerment. It provides brief guidance for building leadership and capacity building programs. Last, it suggests practices regarding cultural relevancy and gender sensitivity to consider in building leadership programs.