The Refugees as Re-Builders™ (RRB) is an active programme for settled diaspora refugees’ leaders and professionals originating in war torn regions of the world. The programme’s three focus areas are:
The course is designed to strengthen the capability and expertise participants already possess as rebuilders, providing them with the resources and practical tools needed to potentially design and facilitate workshops within their diaspora communities and countries of origin.
Ethical and values-based principles underpin the course. It provides space for people of different backgrounds to build trust across the divides of ethnicity, class and religion and develop values-based leadership.
Through the training programme, participants will identify factors that affect livelihoods, and learn to design and implement solutions to contribute to the rebuilding of their countries of origin.
The course covers three interconnected modules which are fundamental to nation-building:
These modules are offered at three levels:
The course is interactive and progressive, ultimately creating a dynamic Community of Practice which serves to sustain, support and motivate existing graduates, as well as to inform and encourage future applicants.
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The Refugees as Re-Builders™ course aims to empower settled refugees to contribute to their countries of origin – as well as their host countries – by giving them access to knowledge and skills they may not otherwise receive through academic studies or work experience,
Its purpose is to strengthen the capability and expertise participants already possess to provide them with opportunities to explore, discuss and reflect on their own experience.
This programme enables the creation of a skilled and changemaker community of practice for settled diaspora refugees from conflict-affected regions of the world. Its impact is in allowing those people to put our three core themes into practice within their communities of origin.
We are always happy to hear from people who would like to get involved with the programme by volunteering, befriending participants who are training, offering mentoring required to provide skillsets, or helping with fundraising drives. To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Amanda Clements has a professional background in Education and Training working in a variety of educational and vocational settings. She specialises in supporting marginalised and under-represented groups in the charity/not-for-profit sectors providing advice, consultancy and mentoring. Since 2018 she has worked closely with IofC UK supporting the Refugees as Rebuilders Faculty in designing and developing an innovative and progressive curriculum for settled refugees.
In addition, Amanda has a wide volunteer portfolio which includes national and international programmes supporting sustainable development, galleries, museums and social enterprises. Her academic research is based in the field of Education and Social Justice.
Jacqui is passionate about compassion, change and connection. She is currently the Partnering Manager for IofC UK where her work includes relational activism and delivering training. Jacqui has worked in retail, catering, cross-cultural community development, publishing and the performing arts. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call for the world to resolve conflict through dialogue she undertook academic studies of religion & gender and attained her PhD in 2015. Jacqui is a CEDR accredited and London Community Mediation Council certified mediator.
Scott has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Arid land Studies from the University of Sheffield and Texas Tech University. Scott has worked on environmental issues in Lebanon, Libya and Somalia. He sees land restoration as a method of achieving peace in conflict zones. Most conflicts occur due to a lack of resources and thus if you can increase agriculture resources to provide for everyone and you can achieve peace. This takes the form of landscaping to harvest water, changing your farming technique to make it more sustainable and changing the type of plants we grow.
Muna is the Programme Manager and team leader for Refugees as Rebuilders™
She is a Phytochemist by training and an environmentalist interested in the ecosystem restoration of degraded arid land for sustainable livelihood regeneration. A former refugee herself, Muna’s vision has been guiding the development of the RRB training programme since 2016. Within the RRB training, she is also one of the trainers for Sustainable Livelihood Module.
Muna completed her doctoral research at King’s College London in 2011 and subsequently held visiting postdoc research at the School of Pharmacy, University College London in 2012 and the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, in 2013-14. She is interested in arid land wild crops domestication in the Horn of Africa for sustainable livelihood. Currently, she is also involved in developing a project that plans to domesticate the hardy, drought-resistant Yeheb plant –a source of food to both humans and livestock.
Prof. Roger Leakey DSc, PhD, BSc, NDA was Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (1993-1997) and Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development of James Cook University, in Cairns, Australia (2001-2006). He is Vice President of the International Tree Foundation. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). His widely published research has been summarized in his books – “Living with the Trees of Life – Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture” (CABI, 2012) and “Multifunctional Agriculture: Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa” (Academic Press, 2017).
A new member of the faculty team, James supports delivery of the Sustainable Livelihood module of the Refugees as Re-Builders™ programme. He brings extensive previous and current experience of international enterprise in many parts of the world, particularly in start-up and SME sectors and including social enterprise in rural and urban environments. He holds an MBA and Google Digital Marketing Diploma.
Joseph studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he obtained a BA (Hons) in History and an MA in Crusader Studies. He has been involved with Initiatives of Change since 2016, initially volunteering as an administrator with the Agenda for Reconciliation (AfR) programme, and now working as the Programme Assistant for Refugees as Re-Builders™. Joseph has assisted with the administration and organisation of previous courses, and his work at IofC has helped him to develop an appreciation for what refugees can contribute, both to society and to the rebuilding process in post-conflict states.
Kate Monkhouse is passionate about participation, spirituality and social justice. Kate is Executive Director of Creators of Peace, an international programme of Initiatives of Change, where she works as a facilitator and trainer supporting women peacebuilders in countries including Lebanon, Nepal and Burundi. She has 20+ years of civic engagement and policy advocacy work, with NGOs like London Civic Forum and Jesuit Refugee Service focusing on inclusion and trustbuilding. Kate has a master’s degree in Public Administration, and postgraduate qualifications in marketing and conflict resolution. She is an RSA Fellow, helps host Two23 Christian LGBTQ+ gatherings and offers spiritual retreats.
Gemma is a facilitator, trainer, entrepreneur and community activist. She utilises her first class degree in psychology and PGCE in teaching to provide dynamic and playful training programmes that allow people to engage in meaningful self development. She uses a holistic approach combining theory, connection, practice and a wider sense of meaning in the world. Gemma has been involved with a number of IofC programmes since 2010. She also runs her own organisation www.thesli.co.uk
Farid studied his BA in law (2004), at Aleppo University, Syria. He completed his LLM in International Law and Criminal Justice in 2010 at the University of East London, UK. In addition, he was awarded his PhD in December 2016, in the field of international criminal law. He became a member of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. He is currently a member of the Business, Human Rights, and the Environmental Research Group at University of Greenwich. He joined the Refugees as Re-Builders™ Faculty in 2018, facilitating the governance part of the Ethical Leadership for Just Governance module.
Joanna is an Associate Professor at the Department of International History, London School of Economics (LSE)
Nagi is a Consultant Paediatrician and Neurologist
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