Evaluation of development programmes

Refugees and forced displacement


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Displacement is at a historic high, with over 65 million individuals now displaced. Forced displacement and population movements have led to unrest, demographic changes and increasing political attention. Evaluation evidence from programming in refugee contexts shed light on the obstacles, while pointing to areas where response can be improved and to new approaches that may be working.

Responding to Refugee Crises in Developing Countries: What Can We Learn From Evaluations?

This report draws from the evaluation work of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members and aims to strengthen the evidence base to help improve future responses to refugee crises in developing countries. 


Key topics covered in the working paper include:

  • Bridging the gap between humanitarian and development programming
  • Strengthening the international response to protracted crises
  • Improving whole-of-government approaches in refugee contexts
  • Learning from work in urban settings
  • Improving access to employment and quality education for refugees and host communities
  • Mobilising financing mechanisms for refugee crises in middle income countries
  • Examining financing in response to the Syria crisis

Six Takeaways Booklet               Flyer - Brief description of the reports


This working paper provides evidence from evaluations to feed into the report:

Addressing Forced Displacement through Development Planning and Co-operation - Guidance for donor policy makers and practitioners




Country of origin

Ethiopia & Uganda

Countries of destination

South Sudan

Country of origin


Recent evaluation work by members


June 2017

European Commission

Evaluation of the ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) response to the Syrian Crisis 2012-2014

March 2017

United Kingdom / ICAI

The UK’s aid response to irregular migration in the central Mediterranean: A rapid review

Jan 2017

Sweden / Expert Group for Aid Studies

Making Waves: Implications of the irregular migration and refugee situation on official development assistance spending and practices in Europe

Jan 2015

United Kingdom / DFID

DFID Syria Crisis unit, humanitarian programme process evaluation

Sep 2014

Australia / DFAT

Australia’s humanitarian response to the Syria Crisis

Find more evaluations posted on our database DEReC (DAC Evaluation Resource Centre)

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