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Study on Refugee Protection and Development

In the context of the current development of the Global Compact on Refugees, as well as the recent experience of the Jordan Compact, responses to large-scale refugee crises, and the potential of development approaches, are key areas of potential study. Policy makers are (re-)examining policy options in the context of forced migration, protection and development, based on the priorities and challenges all stakeholders involved are facing. With this in mind, the study aims to assess potential policy options, with the goal of clarifying and incorporating the needs and priorities of relevant stakeholders, not least refugees and the countries hosting them.

The study aims to enhance policy-relevant knowledge on the potential of regional protection policies to support durable solutions and resilience-based development. The study therefore seeks to provide a comprehensive assessment of viable policy options to address the development-displacement nexus for protection in the Middle East region and across the world. 

Policy options presented in the final report focus on four main areas of work, all of which are considered equally important, and which were developed based on input from stakeholders in refugee hosting countries (Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in particular).

For more on the policy options, please see the report linked below.

The first area of policy work for refugee-hosting countries and relevant organisations and donors is focused on analysing the situation and designing a tailored approach to it. Host countries (and donors) must ensure that all relevant information on refugees has been collected and assessed, in order to design and prioritise the most appropriate actions. Similarly, implementing a multi-stakeholder approach (across stakeholder groups and levels of national administration) can improve the effectiveness of policy implementation.

Secondly, countries must ensure effective communication and coordination. This involves streamlining and communicating one’s approach both within and outside the national context to ensure a unified approach.

Thirdly, countries, donors and implementing organisations should implement policies and programmes that integrate development perspectives into service provision. Longer-term impacts require implementing sustainable structures in refugee-hosting countries.

Finally, countries, donors and implementing organisations should focus on programmes and policies aimed at boosting business and decent work – for both refugees and nationals. 

Project duration: 2018-2019

Funding: OPEC Fund for International Development, ICMPD

Contact: Maegan Hendow



Final Report

Maegan Hendow (2019): Bridging refugee protection and development: Policy recommendations for applying a development-displacement approach.
Download in Arabic, English, and Turkish
Download Executive Summary.

Working Papers

Lama Kabbanji, Jad Kabbanji (2018): Assessing the Development-Displacement Nexus in Lebanon
Fulya Memişoğlu (2018): Assessing the Development-Displacement Nexus in Turkey

Related publications

Maegan Hendow (2019): Breaking the Mould: Policy Approaches Towards Bridging Protection and Development In Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration 8(1).

OFID (2019): “Refugees and Host Communities: Where Next?” in OFID Quarterly 2019/1.












For more information, please download the project description.

Download the Executive Summary of the Final Report here.

Watch promo for the Final Report here.


ICMPD staff involved:
Malin Frankenhaeuser 
Maegan Hendow