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Self Report 2017

The self-report on WHS Commitments below is organized according to the 24 transformations of the Agenda for Humanity. It is based on commitments pledged at the time of report submission. Click on the 'Expand' symbol to expand each section and read the reporting inputs by transformation.

Reduce and address displacement

Individual Commitment

Core Commitment

  • What led your organization to make the commitment?

    Our organization is a network of like-minded student groups that work together to assist refugees through advocacy, fundraising, and in-kind participation. These groups began in the U.S. and have now spread overseas. When we presented at WHS, we had just two student groups. We felt that expanding our network would give us a brand new grassroots mechanism to engage the public in assistance for refugees and migrants. We set a goal for ourselves of establishing 18 new chapters of our organization, bringing our total number of grassroots groups to 20.

  • Achievements at a glance

    We've grown more than 200% faster than anticipated. We have 50 student chapters of the No Lost Generation Student Initiative in 23 U.S. states, Germany, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. Our fundraising impact has grown from USD 3,000 to USD 35,000+ in 9 months. We have created virtual internships with the assistance of the U.S. Department of State for 70 students in the U.S. to lead our project on their university campus. We've begun volunteer service with refugees resettled in the U.S. and are working with multilateral institutions, NGOs, IOs, and community based organizations to develop strategic partnership where possible.

  • How is your organization assessing progress

    We track fundraising totals, are beginning to track volunteer hours, and are identifying expansion by number of grassroots groups.

  • Challenges faced in implementation

    We are a de-centralized student network, led by interns from across the United States. This makes it difficult to fundraise for a central goal, develop programming for the full network, and maintain our relationships with organizations so that we can enhance our impact on the lives of displaced.

  • Next step to advance implementation in 2017

    We will be expanding our network further in 2017 and have begun to develop a program for the next generation of interns. We will be formally tracking fundraising and volunteer hours in a more comprehensive format and will work with consistent messaging across all platforms.

  • If you had one message for the annual report on what is most needed to advance the transformation 'Reduce and address displacement', what would it be

    Embracing non-traditional actors in the response to the global displacement situation is a sustainable way to create new programs and support systems for the displaced. By utilizing grassroots organizations to address the after-effects of displacement in innovative ways, public perception and narrative surrounding refugees and migrants can be changed.

  • Cross cutting issues

    Humanitarian principles

  • Specific initiatives

    Education Cannot Wait New Way of Working

  • Other related Agenda for Humanity transformations

    3F - Enable adolescents and young people to be agents of positive transformation 4A - Reinforce, do not replace, national and local systems 5A - Invest in local capacities