Collaborative Approach

FORGE’s Collaborative Project Planning Process is based on the belief that the most effective, relevant, and sustainable development projects come from the refugee community itself. Refugees’ insights into the social, physical and political settings in which they live are a necessary tool for understanding community needs and envisioning inventive solutions to local problems. Through partnership with refugees, FORGE provides an innovative framework to carefully and systematically transform these insights into action. FORGE’s approach offers refugee leaders the opportunity to shape the future of their communities as they develop skills that will empower them to grow as individuals and leaders.

FORGE begins the Collaborative Project Planning Process by identifying leaders in the refugee community who are especially capable of spearheading development initiatives. Once chosen, these leaders conduct extensive research through various participatory methods to determine specific community needs. The refugee leaders and FORGE staff work to develop a deep understanding of these needs and to suggest and analyze possible solutions. This process culminates in the completion of an official project proposal, drafted by refugee leaders, that is submitted for funding by FORGE donors. Once funded, the project is implemented and monitored by a ‘Project Facilitator’ chosen from and by the group of refugee leaders.

Ultimately, the CPPP results not only in the creation of an innovative project to benefit the refugee community but also in the development of refugee leaders with the confidence and capacity to carry out similar problem solving initiatives of their own. Many of the refugees FORGE works with face the opportunity to return home in the very near future, making FORGE’s emphasis on community development through refugee leadership all the more urgent.