January 11, 2018
The Refugee Response Index (RRI) has completed its preparatory work. Starting in early 2017, this work entailed a thorough analysis of refugee legal and policy developments, including the review of international proposals to improve the global refugee system, from the perspective of state action. This preliminary phase has allowed to shape the RRI analytical framework, including through identifying relevant elements that will conform the qualitative and quantitative indicators comprising the index. It is envisaged to conduct an online survey among refugee experts and practitioners in order to assess the relevance and feasibility of identified indicators.
RRI preliminary work was carried out in extensive consultations with leading experts in refugee law and policy from key institutions such as UNHCR, ICRC; World Refugee Council and CARE International. DARA is currently reaching out to new partners looking ahead towards the pilot phase.
The RRI analytical framework, which is currently being fine-tuned, was defined in June 2017, comprising 6 pillars, namely, how states:
- Behave towards refugees in flight
- Provide legal recognition of their status
- Uphold the political, social and economic rights of refugees and facilitate coverage of their needs
- Create conditions for their self-sufficiency and integration, including challenging negative public misperceptions
- Contribute to the international refugee system
- Facilitate durable solutions.
In parallel, the preliminary identification of elements relevant for shaping qualitative and quantitative indicators was finalized. All this preliminary process was carried out in extensive consultation with leading experts in the sector, namely IRC, World Refugee Council, CARE International, and others. UNHCR officials have been extensively involved in discussions regarding the analytical framework, indicators and the methodological approach. In May 2017 DARA hosted a focus group in Madrid including expert representatives from relevant institutions in the sector such as the Oxford Refugee Studies Center, the German Development Institute (DIE) , the The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) , the Refugee Law Reader, the German Development Institute (DIE) , Bertelsmann Stiftung, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM PROJECT). Bertelsmann Stiftung.
Currently the RRI in its pilot phase that involves defining, evaluating and eventually adapting the indicators comprised in the index. This phase also includes further consultation on the indicators with a broad range of experts, followed by data collection, review, calibration and validation processes for those countries covered in the pilot phase.