Hi Jennifer, I hope I am writing in the right place to respond to your message. Thanks so much for answering and I have scanned the Rwanda article from a book I have to send you. However, I am not sure how to attach the files for you here. Any ideas? I also have the Lederach material to send - basically an assignment I had written that is about his concept, and I actually mention the Rwanda case there too.
How to better understand the local landscape of donor and philanthropic organizations that could help us to secure funding in each city?
I am not sure I can help you much to answer this question. I would advise identifying those that share your principles and focus on entrepreneurship as a means to not only financial independence but also integration. Once you have a shortlist, you may approach them for a meeting, presenting your idea and taking it from there. If there is something more specific that you want to know, please don't hesitate to ask, perhaps wording the question in a different way. Thanks!
Reply of review to third question (this is a continuation of the previous comment):
The best way to find out what the refugees think is by asking them directly: hearing from them will help you to validate your data and see what the context-specific needs, challenges and opportunities are. This brings me to your third question:
What are the main considerations when adapting or replicating an existing model into a new context?
Bear in mind that there are potential pitfalls in (over) reliance on “precooked” tools and models imported from outside. One is the temptation to overlook the need to get a detailed understanding of the lives and needs of the refugees in the particular context. By all means, use models, but do not side-line context as lived by those you want to help because you could miss very critical points.
Local organisations (perhaps even competitors, I am not sure of the collaboration levels between like-minded NGOs working in the same pool in the cities you mentioned) will also be a very valuable source of information and could facilitate your access to refugees.