For almost a decade (1999 - 2009) UNHCR struggled to formulate a new policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas. In this seminar, Dr Jeff Crisp, who was centrally involved in the policy formulation process throughout that time, will attempt to explain why the organisation was prompted to introduce its new urban refugee policy and why it took so long for that process to be completed. He and a former colleague at UNHCR, MaryBeth Morand, will also examine the steps that have been taken to ensure the effective implementation of the new policy, examine the origins and implications of UNHCR's 2014 policy on 'alternatives to camps' and conclude with some broader observations in relation to the policymaking process within UNHCR.
Jeff Crisp joined Refugees International in September 2013. Previously, he served as Head of the Policy Development and Evaluation Service at the headquarters of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, a position that he had held since 2006. Jeff has first-hand experience of refugee situations and humanitarian operations in more than 60 countries around the world, and in May-June 2013 he led an evaluation mission to examine the international response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.
MaryBeth Morand is a Senior Policy and Evaluation Officer at UNHCR. She has worked in complex humanitarian emergencies and staff development for most of her career with UNHCR and the International NGOs Mercy Corps and the International Rescue Committee. In the United States, MaryBeth has worked for Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club and social action agencies.
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