Relief and Development Coherence: Implementation for Refugee and Host Community Resilience

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The Global Compact for Refugees and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create inclusive frameworks for NGOs, UN partners, host country governments, donors, and other stakeholders to work towards promoting the shared wellbeing of displaced populations and host communities. Within these frameworks, by bringing together and aligning goals of humanitarian and long-term international development programs, Relief and Development Coherence represents an approach to achieving these goals.

Yet, to date, there is little systematic data on Relief and Development Coherence implementation, limiting understanding of its potential. Fundamental questions for organizations remain, such as ‘Where do Relief and Development Coherence programs succeed?’ ‘In what contexts can we expect the best results?’ ‘What government policies and organizational strategies can best foster Relief and Development Coherence?’

“Coherence,” as the U.S. State Department defines it, is the cooperation between humanitarian aid agencies and development programs in order to achieve sustainable solutions for refugees. In this webinar, panelists will introduce participants to basic approaches to Relief and Development Coherence, discuss their experience, and introduce the Assessment and Facilitating Relief and Development Coherence Toolkits. The Assessment Toolkit facilitates systematic data collection by organizations for program-level, national, or international comparisons across four dimensions: Feasibility, Policy, Strategy, and Operations. The Fostering Relief and Development Coherence Toolkit provides organizations with recommendations, aligned with each of the four dimensions. Together the Toolkits help a variety of stakeholder organizations achieve their Relief and Development Coherence goals in support of commitments made to the Global Compact for Refugees and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Dr. Carleen Maitland, Pennsylvania State University College of Information Sciences and Technology

Natalie Lam, Director, Results and Impact, HIAS

Julian Lehmann, Project Manager, Global Public Policy Institute

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