UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) is currently working on a book, State of the World’s Forcibly Displaced (SOWFD- working title) to be published in 2021 marking the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention. It will focus on the potential of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR). The GCR is a milestone in the 70 year history of the international refugee regime: setting a renewed direction in international refugee responses. Building on the capacities of a broad coalition of stakeholders, it firmly links refugee responses to advancing human development. Through its Programme of Action, States aspire to enabling refugees to live dignified and productive lives, ensure more opportunities for lasting solutions, and enhance support to hosting communities.
The SOWFD 2021, will focus on what will be required to deliver on these ambitions. This will include a reflection on the historic evolution of international responses to forced displacement of relevance to the GCR and how international responses will need to adapt to meet the aims of the GCR today and the anticipated displacement challenges of the future. In providing a holistic analytic overview the book is intended to be of interest to policy makers; academics; UNHCR and partner staff; researchers and students.
Research papers: UNHCR is seeking contributions on the research for this volume in the form of papers of 15-20 pages in length. Among the papers being solicited are ones that examine the history, current context and future engagement of:
- NGOs (international and local)
- Faith based groups
- Academics (reflecting the exponential growth in literature beyond the traditional realms of political science and law)
- Private sector
- Innovation and technological development
Additionally, UNHCR is interested in commissioning papers on:
- International responses to climate displacement
- Proposals for holding states to account for the causes of forced displacement
- Whether the international architecture for responding to forced displacement is appropriately designed to respond well to varied displacement situations of today and the future.
Material from these papers that are used in the book would be fully attributed to the authors, with possibilities to hyperlink the text to the papers in the electronic version.
Timeline: Research and background papers completed: June 2020-September 2020
Expression of interest: UNHCR welcomes receiving expressions of interest from qualified applicants to be sent by 15 April 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject matter of proposed research indicated. Remuneration will be based on UNHCR guidelines and the scope of the research agreed.