Protecting vulnerable young people is a collective effort in which RET is a catalyst between local actors and the international community. We therefore value deeply the strong relationships we have with donors, partners and the networks which bring us together.
DonorsWe could never do this without you. Thank you so much!
RET International benefits from the generous support of three different categories of actors of which you will find the detailed lists below:
- 1) NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS
- 2) INSTITUTIONAL DONORS such as United Nations organisations and agencies
- 3) THE PRIVATE SECTOR, may they be individuals, corporations or private organisations such as foundations and charities
UNDP – The United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency
UNICEF – The United Nations Children’s Fund
UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
IOM – International Organisation for Migration
WHO – The World Health Organisation
OCHA – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Alistair Pilkington Trust
Arthur Anderson SA, Geneva
Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation
Intercontinental Hotel Hospitality Tokyo
International Ladies Benevolent Society, Japan
Japan Committee for Refugee Relief (JCRR)
Japan Ladies Tennis Federation
Nikko Salomon Smith Barney
Sacred Heart University Students
Star Dancers Ballet Foundation
Private individual donors from
France, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey,
the United Kingdom and the United States.
NetworksWhere Relationships Are Built, Coordination Takes Place and Ideas Are Shared
Humanitarian crises are, by their very nature, extremely complex to solve. A vast array of actors have to work together in limited time-frames to achieve efficient and effective results. Affected communities, local associations, local authorities, national governments, NGOs, donors, United Nations and multilateral agencies all have to come to minimal agreements on causes, effects, priorities, methods, resources and more.
Failure to do so will inevitably produce, inefficiency, overlapping, tensions and could even make situations worse. Coordination is therefore a core aspect of humanitarian interventions. Below you will find the networks RET joined to be part of this collaborative process and dialogue.
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE - www.ineesite.org) is an open global network of representatives from NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies, governments, academic institutions, schools and affected populations working together to ensure all persons the right to quality and safe education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. Since 2001, RET International has been an active member of INEE, joining the Steering Committee in 2010 and taking on the Chairmanship together with the World Bank. RET was also instrumental in the development of the Minimum Standards and launched the Minimum Standards in Geneva together with UNESCO and UNHCR. Today RET continues its role in the Standards & Practices Working Group and co-chairs the Adolescent and Youth Task Team (AYTT) working collaboratively with such organisations as UNICEF and the Women’s Refugee Commission to fulfil a common mission of ensuring quality education programmes for young people in situations of crisis. To this end, we disseminate programmatic resources, assessments, and tools to make sure the needs and perspectives of our youth beneficiaries are heard loud and clear by other agencies, practitioners, donors and researchers.
By co-chairing the INEE Steering Group, RET has been able to strengthen institutional coordination to ensure education for all affected by crisis, enhance global knowledge and capacity in order to support education in crisis and post-crisis situations, and promote dynamic memberships to advance the field of education in emergencies. The Steering Group sets goals and plans for INEE in general, approves new working groups and task teams and provides strategic guidance to the secretariat staff.
Since the end of 2006, a total of 38 countries have formally established an Education Cluster (EC - http://educationcluster.net) as a mechanism for coordination of education in emergencies. The goal of the Education Cluster is for it to be operational and active in assessment, response and early recovery. In certain countries, the EC also takes on other context-specific work such as preparedness and disaster risk reduction. RET International is an active member of the Education Cluster in the fields where it operates. In particular RET is an active member of the Education Cluster Working Group (ECWG), which is an open platform of organisations and individuals that was established to support Education Clusters in the field through inter-agency collaboration on standards and policy setting, building response capacity and operational support to field level coordination efforts. In addition, the ECWG engages in advocacy to promote and support education as an integral part of humanitarian response and early recovery following emergencies. RET is actively represented in the global ECWG and has been involved in different task teams and thematic groups.
The International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA - https://icvanetwork.org), founded in 1962, is a global network that brings together humanitarian and human rights NGOs as an advocacy alliance for humanitarian action. Focusing on humanitarian and refugee policy issues, ICVA draws upon the work of its members at the field level and brings their experiences to international decision-making forums. ICVA provides a means for the collective body of its members to work together to effect change, and also assists members to improve their own work through access to initiatives and tools that help to increase quality and accountability.
RET is a Committee Member of RECI, the Swiss Network for Education and International Cooperation (www.reseau-education.ch). RECI is a coalition of Swiss organisations, which are engaged in the field of education internationally. The purpose of the network is – through coordination and alliances – to advance the message that quality education is one of the main levers for human development.
RET International is an active member the YAE Group (Youth and Adolescents in Emergency - www.yaegroup.org) whose purpose is to advocate for increased funding and a more holistic and consistent response to, and engagement with, adolescents and youth in humanitarian emergencies, including those in protracted crises. We were among the founding members of the YAE group and are presently a strong contributor to the task team mapping the existing guidelines for youth in emergencies.
PartnersFormal Partnerships with the World's Main Coordination Agencies
Throughout the years RET International has worked both in the field and in the capitals with the most important agencies of the humanitarian and development fields. Some of these collaborations have with time taken a more formal nature through memorandums of understandings (MoUs) or a special consultative status.
RET International is an independent organisation, and not a part of UNHCR (Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). We were born out of the relationship with UNHCR, at the time of the 50th Anniversary of UNHCR when Mrs Sadako Ogata, the founder of the RET, was High Commissioner for Refugees.
RET does work closely with UNHCR to ensure the priority areas where refugees need our attention the most are focused upon. We currently have a Global Memorandum of Understanding with UNHCR, which fosters a respectful, complementary cooperation and symbiosis with UNHCR. In addition, RET is, or has been, an UNHCR implementing partner in various countries around the world, such as Burundi, Chad, Turkey, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela.
IOM – OIM
IOM (the International Organisation for Migration) was founded in 1951 to aid migration issues after the Second World War. RET and IOM have worked together on a number of projects in Colombia and share (regional) Memoranda of Understanding(s) with each other for such partnerships. In addition, RET holds an Observer Status with IOM.
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and RET International have partnered together in the fight to give refugee and displaced youth the protection and education they need to build themselves a brighter future. RET and UNICEF work together in many countries and share regional Memoranda of Understanding, as we work on the creation of a Global (MoU). RET International is and has been an Implementing Partner of UNICEF in Turkey, Panama, Kenya, Burundi and the LACRO Region.
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) contributes to the creation of sustainable societies by accelerating progress towards the Education for All goals, while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in the field of education.
RET International and UNESCO-IBE (International Bureau of Education) share a Global Memorandum of Understanding and work closely together on projects worldwide.
RET International has had a consultative status at ECOSOC (the United Nations Economic and Social Council) since 2005. This allows RET to attend international conferences and events or make written and oral statements at these events or enter United Nations premises in order to network, coordinate and raise awareness of the situation and role of young people in fragile environments.