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Publications and Resources

iACT uses our learning and experience to assist people affected by the refugee crisis and shape humanitarian policy and practice. Browse our publications and resources.

Supporting Refugee-Led Frameworks: a Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 brought with it the devastating realization of the disproportionate impact this virus may have on refugee and displaced communities. These members of our global community are already living on the brink, largely forgotten and pushed aside, with limited resources and who already face daily uncertainty. 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.

Refugee-Led Early Childhood Education: Little Ripples Implementation in Greece

Little Ripples, an iACT education program, is a refugee-led and culturally-relevant early childhood development program that builds the capacity of displaced women and improves the early development of children ages three to six. iACT works directly with refugee teachers and leaders to establish, adapt, and implement LR—laying the foundation for a lifetime of wellbeing, learning, health, and peace for children affected by displacement and violence.

Home-Based Child Care: a Global Study

Home-based child care (or HBCC) is one of the most popular forms of child care for the world’s 0.8 billion children under six […] Yet despite the prevalence of HBCC, very little is known about the programs that support HBCC providers in their role.

Please Remember Us: iACT’s Little Ripples helping refugee families during the pandemic

Levels of displacement are the highest on record: as of February 2019, 68.5 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced, of whom 25.4 million hold refugee status – over half of them under the age of 18 (UNHCR, online). An estimated 87 million children under age 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones (Inter- agency Network for Education in Emergencies, 2018). Yet humanitarian funding for education – and, especially, early childhood programming – remains alarmingly low. iACT developed the Little Ripples programme to address the needs of young children affected by humanitarian emergencies and forgotten crises.

Little Ripples Assessment 2019: Refugee camps Kounoungou and Mile, eastern Chad

This report provides an overview of iACT’s Little Ripples early childhood education program and the recent results from a one year assessment of the program in refugee camps Kounoungou and Mile in eastern Chad. The goal of the assessment was to provide iACT and its partner, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), with concrete information about aspects of LR that are working, areas that need adjustment, and what additional learnings to distribute. This report has been prepared to provide an overview of assessment methodologies, key results, learnings, and next steps.

Integrating Mindfulness, an iACT program overview

To address and support the emotional health and well-being of refugee and displaced communities – and to help individuals learn how to cope with stress, build resilience, and restore hope – iACT integrates mindfulness training and curricula into each of our programs. Put simply, mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose and without judgment, in the present moment. The practice of mindfulness helps us to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they arise, and to notice what we are feeling and thinking, without judgment. Mindfulness develops life skills to help us respond and relate to what’s going on around us, with wisdom and compassion.

From little ripples to big waves: comprehensive early childhood programming for young refugee children

Levels of displacement are the highest on record: as of February 2019, 68.5 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced, of whom 25.4 million hold refugee status – over half of them under the age of 18 (UNHCR, online). An estimated 87 million children under age 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones (Inter- agency Network for Education in Emergencies, 2018). Yet humanitarian funding for education – and, especially, early childhood programming – remains alarmingly low. iACT developed the Little Ripples programme to address the needs of young children affected by humanitarian emergencies and forgotten crises.