Supporting Refugee-Led Frameworks: a Response to COVID-19
Like schools and youth programs globally, iACT’s refugee-led sports, education, and human rights programs were suspended. However, iACT teachers, coaches, and leaders did not stop working. Instead, they pivoted their efforts from existing programs to a public health response. In many ways, iACT’s refugee-led approach—which deepens the existing capacity of refugees to be the primary decision-makers and program managers—prepared our paid staff members for this very moment. As the global humanitarian system slowed to a halt and international staff were unable to travel, iACT’s staff continued to safely work, applying leadership and community organizing skills to meet their community’s immediate needs: a response to COVID-19.