The current global forced displacement crisis calls for collective action, and this is precisely what the Call to Collective Action is all about. This initiative emphasizes the importance of self-reliance in providing sustainable solutions for refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people. It highlights that economic inclusion and social protection are crucial elements in enabling these populations to meet their essential needs, work, use their skills, and contribute to local economies.
The goal of the Call to Collective Action is to empower refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, and stateless people to make decisions about their futures. Whether they decide to stay in their country of asylum or origin, move to another, or return home, they need the support of a sustainable economy that provides them with the means to achieve their goals.
To achieve this goal, various stakeholders have come together to sign the Mega Pledge on Economic Inclusion and Social Protection. This pledge seeks to mobilize commitments from governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders towards promoting economic inclusion and social protection among refugees, forcibly displaced individuals, stateless people, and host communities.
The pledge aims at addressing specific and structural barriers and risks that prevent these populations from achieving self-sufficiency. It emphasizes the need for inclusive legal frameworks that promote economic inclusion and social protection. These frameworks must include policies and programs that reduce lifelong consequences of poverty and exclusion.
Commitments made under the Mega Pledge on Economic Inclusion and Social Protection are backed by evidence supported by relevant programs, technical assistance, financing mechanisms such as microfinance institutions or impact investors who can provide financial assistance as well as technical support required by these populations.
Overall, the Call to Collective Action represents a significant step towards addressing one of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time. By focusing on economic inclusion and social protection among refugees