Call for Submissions

Meet, Share, Inspire – Collection of Good Practices on Refugee Protection

24-25-26 September 2019, Ankara, Turkey

Extended call!

The call for Submissions for Meet, Share, Inspire: International Conference of Good Practices on Refugee Protection is extended! Deadline for submissions is 21st June 2019. Interested candidates can send their good practices using the application form.


You are cordially invited to ‘Meet, Share, Inspire: International Conference of Good Practices on Refugee Protection,’ co-organized by Support to Life (STL), Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), with support of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. The organizers aim to facilitate knowledge-exchange and experience sharing between organizations working in different geographies, addressing the needs of most disadvantaged persons and groups affected by forced displacement.

The 3-day conference will bring together different stakeholders from Turkey and around the world to share their good practices that can be adopted within various contexts including Turkey.

Click here to access the application form. Those who wish to present their good practices at the conference are invited to send their application by 21 JUNE 2019 latest. Speakers whose applications have been selected for the conference will be required to provide an official statement from their institution (if affiliated), stating their authorization for participation.

Travel and accommodation costs of selected speakers for the conference will be covered by the organizers.

Please send your queries to

Representatives of governments, humanitarian community, academia and civil society are welcome to attend the conference as participants. Registration for participants will be open by mid-July. The conference organizers will only cover costs of travel and attendance for panelists. All other participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs..


200 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance today.1 An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home by violence and conflict. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.2

In an atmosphere of widespread conflicts and crises, protection strategies are also becoming ever more diverse and it is more important than ever to bring together different actors from different geographies, facing different challenges, to share the experiences they gain when responding to the needs of displaced communities.

Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world. According to the Turkish authorities, as of November 2018, the number of registered refugees reached almost 4 million, with 3.6 million refugees coming from Syria. Only around 7 per cent of Syrians under Temporary Protection live in the official Temporary Accommodation Centres in provinces along the Syrian border, while the remaining 93 per cent reside among the host community in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

The Republic of Turkey and its population has shouldered a significant financial share of the refugee response supported by the European Union and other stakeholders. Registered refugees and persons eligible for subsidiary protection have access to public services, including education and healthcare, as well as the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) benefitting almost 1.2 million refugees in the country as of February 2018. For a large proportion of refugees and persons eligible for subsidiary protection, fulfilment of basic needs and access to health and education facilities remains difficult for various reasons, including problems of registration with local authorities, language barriers, and lack of job opportunities.

Additionally, in some locations extremely depleted resources can result in social cohesion challenges, including tensions with the local population.
The conference aims to connect to the UN Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), which has been adopted on December 2018 after a nearly 2-year period of consultations.3,4 We hope that in this context the output of the Good Practice conference can be a valuable contribution to improving the life of refugees and displaced in Turkey, the region and beyond.

2 Based on UNHCR data (
4 Cornerstones of this document are the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the Plan of Action. Based on the experience of the implementation of the CRRF, and extensive experience of the various stakeholders in other refugee situations, many lessons learnt and good practices on refugee response and potential solutions will be discussed and collected.


The organizers are interested in hosting a wide variety of practices ranging across the spectrum from macro level policy to field-level practice. The main categories of themes are the following:

  1. Access to rights and services
  2. Child protection
  3. Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Selection of Good Practices

In this context, regardless of geography or scope, all organizations delivering protection services on par with international humanitarian standards are invited to share their good practices. Civil society organizations, government institutions, intergovernmental agencies, academics, think tanks, private sector actors and other stakeholders are all equally encouraged. Interested organizations are invited to send their application using the application form within the deadline.

Submissions will be evaluated in terms of their relevance in presenting solutions to immediate and ongoing needs, support for host countries and communities and durable solutions, in compliance with international protection standards for refugee and displaced and the principles of humanitarian aid delivery.

Tentative Program

24-25-26 September 2019, Ankara Turkey

23 September 2019

Arrival day;
09:00-17:00 Check in
Networking dinner event

24 September 2019 - Day 1

08:30 - 09:30 > Registration

09:30 - 11:00 > Opening Ceremony: Welcoming Speeches

11:00 - 12:00 > Reception - Exhibition launch

12:00 - 13:30 > Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 > Keynote speech on Child protection

14:00 - 15:30 > Panel 1: Child Protection

15:30 - 16:00 > Break

16:00 - 17:30 > Panel 2: Child Protection

Summary of Day 1

Gala Dinner

25 September 2019 - Day 2

09:00 - 09:30 > Summary of Day 1 – Brief recap

09:30 - 10:00 > Keynote speech on Access to Rights and Services

10:00 - 10:30 > Break

10:30 - 12:00 > Panel 1: Access to Rights and Services

12:00 - 13:30 > Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 > Panel 2: Access to Rights and Services

15:00 - 15:30 > Break

15:30 - 17:00 > Panel 3: Access to Rights and Services

Summary of Day 2


26 September 2019 - Day 3

09:00 - 09:30 > Summary of Day 2 – Brief recap

09:30 - 10:00 > Keynote speech on SGBV

10:00 - 10:30 > Break

10:30 - 12:00 > Panel 1: SGBV

12:00 - 13:30 > Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 > Closure meeting/ roundtable; one page document on action plan and commitments, press release

About the Organizers

Support to Life (STL)

Support to Life is a humanitarian aid organization founded with the principle aim of working with disaster-affected individuals and communities to meet their basic needs and rights. Support to Life works to reduce risks and responds to disasters by building the capacities and increasing the resilience of the most vulnerable communities. Adopting the humanitarian principles, Support to Life works with a commitment to humanity,

impartiality, neutrality, independence and accountability in Turkey and the surrounding region. STL currently conducts its activities under the framework of four main programs: Emergency Response, Refugee Protection, Child Protection in Seasonal Agriculture and Capacity Building & Coordination.

About Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM)

Directorate General of Migration Management carries on its activities with the aim of practicing policies and strategies regarding the migration area, facilitating the coordination between the agencies and institutes on these issues, carrying out the operations and processes regarding foreigners’ entry into and stay in Turkey, their exit and being deported from Turkey, international protection, temporary protection and the protection of the victims of human trafficking.

The purpose of the establishment of the Directorate General is to ensure that the studies in this field is managed by the mechanisms open to innovation and international cooperation; having expertise, following up-to-date information and developments closely; in brief, the mechanisms which can keep up with the dynamic pattern of the processes.

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH)

"We secure survival, we build futures, we prevent suffering.”

For more than 60 years, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe has been providing help worldwide, wherever the need is greatest. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe supports people who have become victims of natural disasters, war or displacement and who are unable to overcome the hardship on their own. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe provides help regardless of religion, skin colour and nationality – quickly, reliably and effectively, with minimal red tape.
Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is part of the Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung e.V., the Social Service Agency of the German Protestant Church – one of the biggest welfare institutions in Germany – with its headquarter in Berlin. For an effective performance Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe closely cooperates with local partners. It is also a member of ACT (Action by Churches Together), the global alliance of churches and aid agencies in the area of humanitarian aid.

About the Donor

European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid

The European Union and its Member States are the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. The European Commission ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid. Through its civil protection and humanitarian aid operations department (ECHO), the European Commission helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission’s civil protection and humanitarian aid operations department provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs. For more information, please visit the European Commission’s website.