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We are Taking The Lead

A global network for Refugee Leaders and Refugee-Led Organisations


We're a global network of Refugee Leaders and Refugee-Led Organisations joining forces to shift power and resources to further the rights of people of forced displacement.

Our members, deeply rooted in refugee communities, actively champion refugee rights, self-reliance, and inclusion. United, we address the barriers and challenges we face in order to advocate and strive for the betterment of our displaced communities.

Leading with Experience, Advancing Refugee Rights



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The refugee crisis in numbers

No one wishes to become a refugee, but yet more of us are than ever before. The main reasons a person has to flee their home according to UNHCR () are: persecution, conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

108.4 million

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2022, having doubled in a decade from 51.2 million in 2013.

117.2 million

The number of people the UNHCR estimates will be forcibly displaced or stateless by 2023.

A photo of Kenyan organisation, Youth Voices Community, engaged in school outreach

Fashingabo Chocho, Youth Voices Community

The challenges us refugees face aren't just statistics, they are a call to action. This network helps bridge this gap.

Image by South Sudanese organisation, African Youth Action Network, showing a gathering of young school children who are engaging in the organisations outreach work

Simon Marot Touloung, African Youth Action Network

Working together as a community of refugees is our strength. We learn from one another, consult each other, and share the responsibility of service.

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Houda Al Bareedi, Women's Circle of Aarsal

Taking The Lead is crucial for us as it focuses on addressing root issues in refugee communities worldwide, aligning with the change we also aim for.

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Our network

See who is part of our network

Explore the directory to find out more about our members' work, reach and impact.

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Our goals

Direct funding for RLOs

Influence policy making

Shift refugee narratives

Strengthen RLO skills and reach

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With lived experience, community-trust, and credibility, Refugee-Led Organisations play a critical role in supporting and protecting refugee rights, but yet we face many systemic and social barriers to operate and influence the very policies that affect us. Together we have set four goals to tackle these barriers.

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Find out what's new

Find out more about our members, news and events

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