Global coalition launches refugee self-reliance initiative

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
World’s first global cross-sector coalition of organizations, government agencies and foundations launches a joint effort focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
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Leveraging Refugees’ Talents

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
Short video featuring the highlights of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative launch event in New York.
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Better Lives Now: Halla Tómasdóttir

On the sidelines of the 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative (AHI), RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission partnered to host a forum titled, “Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents” to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a joint effort by a coalition of organisations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant.
"It's very clear that the current way of addressing these issues [concerning refugees] is not going to work. We have to become creative and courageous and come up with better solutions and allow people to bring themselves to have a purpose in life."
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VIDEO: Aurora Dialogues New York 2018

The second Aurora Dialogues outside of Armenia took place in New York City on March 1. “Solidarity Beyond Borders: Stepping Up When Others Step Back” was the theme of the Dialogues. The conversation focused on what drives people to risk their lives and stand up for others in challenging times. In collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, leading humanitarians, academics, philanthropists and members of civil society came together to discuss some of today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
Solidarity Beyond Borders: Stepping Up When Others Step Back
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Better Lives Now

Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents, organized by RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission with support of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, will take place in New York. The event is also produced in partnership with Club de Madrid, The Canadian Mission to the UN, MercyCorps, The B Team and Refugees Deeply. The event will bring together government officials (including from both refugee hosting and donor countries), noted philanthropists, key business leaders, UN officials and senior NGO representatives.
The event will take place on September 20, 2018.
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Agenda

Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents will take place in New York on September 20, 2018. RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission are organizing this side-event to the UN General Assembly in cooperation with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative to launch the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative.
Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents will take place in New York on September 20, 2018.
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Organizing Partners

Better Lives Now: Leveraging Refugees’ Talents is organized by RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission with support of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative. The event is also produced in partnership with Club de Madrid, The Canadian Mission to the UN, MercyCorps, The B Team and Refugees Deeply.
The event is organized by RefugePoint and the Women’s Refugee Commission with support of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
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The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative

The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative is a collaboration among NGOs, UNHCR, foundations, government agencies, the private sector and others that aim to help refugees achieve a better quality of life and regain agency over their finances and futures, while at the same time supporting the peace, stability and prosperity goals of the hosting countries.
The Initiative is a collaboration among NGOs, UNHCR, foundations, government agencies and the private sector.
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2018 Aurora Dialogues

2018 Aurora Dialogues Yerevan “Inspire, Empower, Impact” took place in the capital of Armenia on June 9, 2018. The conference was made possible by the support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and through the collaboration with the Global Perspectives Initiative (GPI).
2018 Aurora Dialogues Yerevan “Inspire, Empower, Impact” took place in the capital of Armenia on June 9, 2018.
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INFORM AND EMPOWER

The first session of 2018 Aurora Dialogues in Armenia, attended by prominent humanitarian and human rights figures, opened with welcome remarks from moderator Jane Corbin, award-winning BBC journalist and filmmaker, followed by an address from Aurora Co-Founder Vartan Gregorian, who reflected upon the uniting nature of the Dialogues, saying: “There are many people of good will in Africa, in Asia, even in Antarctica, everywhere. They need an opportunity not to feel isolated, to be part of something – part that matters.”
The first session of 2018 Aurora Dialogues in Armenia.
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EMPOWER & INSPIRE

The second session of 2018 Aurora Dialogues in Armenia started with Alice Greenwald, President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeting the audience. She introduced a session of inspiring one-to-one conversations between members of the Selection Committee and the 2018 Aurora Prize Humanitarians and reflected upon the source of inspiration they can may become for all of us. “We might imagine ourselves in their circumstances. We might ourselves become emboldened, because if they are able to do these things, perhaps we are too,” said Ms. Greenwald.
The second session of 2018 Aurora Dialogues in Armenia.
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IMPACT: ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DIFFERENCE

During the third session 2017 Aurora Prize Laureate Dr. Tom Catena; Hainan Cihang Charity Foundation President Philipp Rösler; Safari Doctors Founder and 2017 CNN Hero Umra Omar; and Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse Director Mike van Kauvenberg gathered to analyze the best ways business, government, non-profit organizations and on-the-ground entities can work together to provide lasting solutions. The conversation focused around what makes impact sustainable.
The third session of 2018 Aurora Dialogues in Armenia.
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Conversation with 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate

The meeting with Kyaw Hla Aung was held on June 11, 2018 at the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan. Mr. Aung was named as the 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate the day before, at a sunrise ceremony in Khor Virap, Armenia.
The meeting was held on June 11, 2018 in Yerevan.
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Making Change When Change Is Hard

A conversation with Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the UN and Aurora Prize Selection Committee Member, and John Prendergast, Founding Director, Enough Project, took place in the American University of Armenia in Yerevan on June 8, 2018.
A conversation with Ambassador Samantha Power and John Prendergast took place in Yerevan, Armenia, on June 8, 2018.
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Conversation with 2018 Aurora Humanitarians

The meeting was held on June 6, 2018 at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. The 2018 Aurora Humanitarians met with the Armenian youth to introduce their work, name the causes that motivate them, and discuss the support that they need to deliver tangible change in their communities.
The meeting was held on June 6, 2018 in Yerevan.
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