“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
Launched in February 2021, the GRSI Policy Design Workbook is intended to guide policymakers and community leaders wishing to establish refugee sponsorship programs through a core set of policy questions. The Policy Design Workbook is the outcome of the GRSI’s experiences over its first four years of operations working closely with authorities and civil society organizations worldwide. It aims to supplement initial workshops for the design of community sponsorship programs, and to stimulate decision-making around core policy settings underlying community sponsorship programs (with more nuanced details to be worked through at later stages).
This tool can be employed in conjunction with the GRSI Guidebook, which elaborates on the many decision points summarized in this workbook with practical examples of how these questions have been answered by the world’s longest-functioning community sponsorship program: Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. The GRSI is also available to provide bilateral support, to connect you with relevant experts in other countries, to facilitate tailored follow-up workshops, and much more.
Access the fillable version of the GRSI Policy Design Workbook here. This interactive version is designed for users who wish to fill the workbook's fields using a PDF editor such as Adobe Acrobat. Once completed, the interactive version can be saved and shared digitally or printed.
Access the printable version of the GRSI Policy Design Workbook here. This non-interactive version is designed for users who wish to print and fill by hand a hardcopy workbook.