“There’s a tremendous desire from people around the world to respond to this crisis. The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative creates opportunities for citizens to engage with and participate in a humanitarian effort—for the benefit of refugees and for the benefit of the communities that they live in.”  
Gregory A. Maniatis, Director, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations


The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) provides public education about community sponsorship of refugees around the world through a series of videos and educational tools.

Photo walk in park

© UNHCR/Annie Sakkab

Click here to access our Guidebook, which provides a comprehensive breakdown of how community sponsorship programs are designed to help actors in other countries assemble the building blocks to create their own programs. 

Click here to access our Policy Design Workbook, which guides policymakers and community leaders wishing to design refugee sponsorship programs through a core set of policy questions.

Click here to access our videos, which show the profound impact sponsorship has on individuals and communities.

Click here to access our fact sheets, which outline GRSI’s mission and work.