Twelve innovative projects striving to improve the self-reliance of refugees and displaced people – from a record 169 entries – have been shortlisted for the 2023 Ockenden International Prizes.
The four GBP25,000 winners will be announced in London at the end of March.
International Network for Aid, Relief and Assistance (INARA) secured its share of the prize for its medical support and rehabilitation of injured refugee, migrant and displaced children in Lebanon and Turkey.
Irida Women’s Centre, Greece, won for community-building activities, support and empowerment of refugee and asylum-seeking women in Thessaloniki.
The Justice Centre Hong Kong, China, has been rewarded for its ongoing project, Refugees Speak Up: Legal Assistance and Psychosocial Support for Refugee Self-advocacy in Hong Kong.
Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Hebron, won irs share of the annual prize money for successfully promoting food sovereignty for Palestinian refugees living in camps through rooftop gardening.
Political sociologist, Dr. Dilar Dirik, is Ockenden International’s third Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow. The fellowship, funded by Ockenden International, is administered by Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) in conjunction with the Refugee Studies Centre, part of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford.
In my childhood, my parents and I were forced to flee Turkey to seek asylum in Germany, due to the war and the political persecution of the Kurdish people. In recent years, the Middle East region has experienced unprecedented scales of mass displacement and forced migration, even leading to episodes of genocide and irreversible historical and ecological destruction. From my own personal and academic perspective, I believe that the recurrence of such tragedies can only be tackled in a manner that is compassionate towards affected communities, but critical towards international and local political, cultural, social and economic systems and discourses that . . .
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