Defusing strife through research and advocacy.


As a major supporter of the International Crisis Group — an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization - the Radcliffe Foundation is committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict around the world. Headquartered in Brussels, the ICG has offices in two dozen locations and field analysts covering scores of the most volatile and unstable countries. It uses expert field research, practical policy suggestions, and high-level advocacy to understand, prevent, and resolve deadly conflict.

Crisis Group’s credibility is built on field-based research. Analysts in or near many of the world’s trouble spots find out what is happening and why. They anticipate the possible outbreak, escalation, or recurrence of conflict. They learn which people matter and what or who influences them. They consider the actual and potential role for other countries and intergovernmental bodies like the United Nations, European Union, and African Union.

ICG briefing papers and reports go to tens of thousands of targeted recipients (including government ministers, heads of international agencies, diplomats and officials in key roles, and journalists) as well as to more than 200,000 subscribers online. The ICG also receives top-level public exposure through mainstream media worldwide, a robust social-media program, and influential commentary.

In 2016, Radcliffe Foundation donated $1 million to the International Crisis Group to create the Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention. The Giustra Fellows will receive training and mentorship in Crisis Group’s rigorous methodology of research and analysis aimed at preventing and resolving deadly conflict. The first class of Fellows will work on some of the organization’s highest priorities: the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis; Russia’s shifting foreign policy interests; and the risks of a return to civil war and mass atrocities in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

Read more about the Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention





Five countries working on new refugee sponsorship programs, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) Launches Guidebook to Share Best Practices

NEWS: One year after it was formed and nine months after its official launch, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is pleased to announce that it is working closely with the governments of Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Each of these countries has launched, or is in the process of developing, a community sponsorship program in support of refugee resettlement.

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Global Initiative Brings Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Model to the World

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