Collaborations with Local Players

After mapping and outreach, your organization may start will start to accumulate a list of helpful community resources for refugees. These organizations and agencies will benefit from ongoing contact and information about the refugee situation. To facilitate sharing information, consider forming coalition and networks for information sharing. These networks once formed may take interest in engaging in community legal empowerment (CLE) programming, action plans and advocacy.

For example in Thailand, the creation of the Bangkok Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Network (BASRAN) brought organizations and faith-based groups together. Together they worked on providing non-legal services to refugees while keeping each other informed on updates and changes in refugee policies and context.

Health

Look at opening access to medical services through collaboration with health care service providers. Often, language barriers will prevent clinics from offering services to foreigners. Through a CLE initiative that promotes access to language, such as sharing of interpreters between organizations and accompaniment during medical visits, refugees are better able to claim their right to health care. Seek out medical professionals in the refugee population may be available and willing to volunteer in such collaborations.

Employment

Join forces with available employment-centered organizations to help connect refugees with available employment, develop refugee skills, and connect refugee and local entrepreneurs with workers.