OECD Development Policy Papers

The OECD Strategy on Development aims to strengthen the Organisation’s contributions to inclusive and sustainable growth in a wide array of countries. It draws on OECD’s evidence-based approaches, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing to improve policy making and economic reform. This strategy identifies four interlinked thematic areas: innovative and sustainable sources of growth; mobilisation of resources for development; governance for sustainable development; and measuring progress for development. Designed for a wide readership, the OECD Development Policy Papers are intended to stimulate discussion and analysis on these topics.

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Financing for refugee situations

Forced displacement, including refugee flows, is a global phenomenon. As of 2018, 26 million people were refugees. Financing from the international community makes a significant contribution to supporting refugees and host communities. But in order to meet those needs effectively and efficiently, financing strategies need to take account of the particularities of large-scale refugee situations. Refugee flows are complex, often protracted, and, require humanitarian, development and peace financing to work in complementary ways. Doing this effectively can create opportunities that are of benefit to both refugees and host communities. This policy paper presents seven principles for improving financing for refugee situations, based on global trends and case studies in three hosting countries (Uganda, Lebanon, and Colombia) and one origin/return country (Central African Republic). Both the quality and the quantity of financing matters to get the greatest value for refugees and their host communities.


Keywords: Burden- and Responsibility-sharing, Humanitarian, ODA, Forced Displacement, Global Compact on Refugees, Policy, Financing, Displacement, Foreign Aid, Refugee, New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Development Finance, Developing Countries
JEL: F22: International Economics / International Factor Movements and International Business / International Migration; F35: International Economics / International Finance / Foreign Aid; O19: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations; F63: International Economics / Economic Impacts of Globalization / Economic Impacts of Globalization: Economic Development; O1: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development
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