Mobilizing a Global Response: Acting on the report by the Hon. Bob Rae, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Canada on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues

In August 2020, the Honourable Bob Rae released his report on Canada’s role in mobilizing a global response to the enormous global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the specific challenges faced by the international refugee system, which long predate the pandemic. The report makes clear and bold recommendations on integrating refugee responses into Canada’s foreign policy, placing a greater emphasis on the role of local actors and refugee-led organizations in securing protection and solutions for refugees, and reinvigorating the governance of the international refugee system to mobilize more effective and reliable collective action. This webinar will draw on the perspective and experience of partners who are on the cutting-edge of these responses to discuss the significance of the report’s recommendation and how we can move from idea to implementation and mobilize a global response.

When: 01 October 2020, 09:30 – 10:30 EST

Public webinar (registration required: click HERE to register)


  • Ambassador Bob Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York
  • Mustafa Alio, Co-Chair of the Refugee Advisory Network, and Co-Founder, Jumpstart Refugee Talent (Toronto, Canada)
  • Maha Shuayb, Director, Centre for Lebanese Studies, Lebanese American University, and education specialist
  • Linda Oucho, Executive Director, the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Gregory Maniatis, Director of the International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations

For more information, click here.


LERRN is the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network. We are a team of researchers and practitioners committed to promoting protection and solutions with and for refugees. Our goal is to ensure that refugee research, policy and practice are shaped by a more inclusive, equitable and informed collective engagement of civil society. Through collaborative research, training, and knowledge-sharing, we aim to improve the functioning of the global refugee regime and ensure more timely protection and rights-based solutions for refugees.

Our work is focused in the global South, which hosts 85% of the world’s refugees, and responds to the needs and opportunities identified by our partners in major refugee-hosting countries.

We are generously supported by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, along with many contributions from our partner organizations. Our Partnership Secretariat is based at Carleton University, with our programs developed and implemented by Geographic Working Groups in Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania, along with Thematic Working Groups focusing on Protection, Solutions, and Diversity/Intersectionality. Click here for a full list of our partners.

The project officially launched in October 2018, following a three-year process of dialogue and collaboration between the research and practitioner communities. The project is expected to run until December 2025.