Forced displacement is one of the most serious human crises.
And institutions and civil society often fail to provide adequate solutions to the problem, limiting themselves to acting on the basis of urgency rather than relying on proper planning.
RAISD aimed at identifying highly Vulnerable Groups among these forcibly displaced people, analysing their specific needs, and finding suitable practices to address them. The concept of vulnerability context considers the interplay between the features of these persons and their hosting communities, their interactions and experiences, and how different solutions for attention and inclusion affect them.
The project addressed societal needs at a regional level through the development of strategies for FDPs (forcibly displaces persons) that can be tailored to different contexts. There are several elements in the project that have an innovative character, with a key element of innovation being the methodological tools used in the project. These include the design of the TAIS through the Action Research Unit structure and the co-creation role assigned in this regard to displaced persons and civil society stakeholders.
What makes the “Tailored Attention and Inclusion Practices” (TAIS) methodology different from others and presents what can be considered a key project finding, is that the unique and inclusive approach using collaborative work, successive evaluation rounds, and the co-expertise view of the relevant stakeholders can produce effective and tailored attention and inclusion strategies for forcibly displaced people.
The methodological approach, based on successive iterations of action and evaluation has proved to be particularly well-suited for the “tailored” nature of the strategies, as these are readjusted according to the forcible displaced’ and other beneficiaries’ needs and requirements that arise on the run and justify changes.
The COVID-19 crisis provided both challenges to the delivery of the project, but also demonstrated the important and continuing need for identification of specific vulnerabilities amongst displaced populations, in order to achieve the goal of leaving no one behind.
The methodology innovations including the triangulation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Action Research and Socio-ecological models approach has also proved to be valuable and has added relevant contributions at a research level.
The RAISD project has been able to mobilise a huge number of individuals and organisations in seven countries, demonstrating the great potential of the project idea and the high level of interest in the work of the Project. Its overall reach is demonstrated by the inclusion of stakeholders, including refugees and displaced persons, as active participants in various key elements of the project such as the Action Research Units, the development of the TAIS pilots and the cross-analysis workshops that help to create the actor-oriented evaluation criteria for the TAIS inclusion strategies.
The creation of the Observatory to create a legacy from the project is excellent to ensure RAISD’s impact through its innovative and sustainable character and its society and research oriented approaches.
All project results are available at https://raisd-h2020.eu/resources/scientific-outputs/
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About the project
RAISD is a project promoted by the European Union inside the program Horizon 2020. The migration research project addresses the need for effective strategies for the attention and inclusion of distinctly vulnerable groups (GVs) among Forcibly Displaced People (FDPs)
- UCM | Universidad Complutense De Madrid (Spain, coordinator)
- CESIE (Italy)
- UNIMED | Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo (Italy)
- Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland)
- Menedek | Migransokat Segito Egyesulet (Hungary)
- Anadolu University (Turkey)
- Yarmouk University (Jordan)
- Lebanese International University (Lebanon)
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