Donors & Partners

Protecting vulnerable young people and building their self-reliance 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:

  2. 2) INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS such as United Nations organizations and agencies
  3. 3) THE PRIVATE SECTOR, may they be individuals, corporations or private organizations such as foundations and charities

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.

  • GRF

    The first Global Refugee Forum comes at the end of a tumultuous decade in which the number of refugees has risen to over 25 million people worldwide.
    Guided by the Global Compact on Refugees, the Global Refugee Forum is an opportunity to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action(
    RET is a member of the Global Refugee Forum of UNHCR in the Education Working Group & the Durable Solutions Working Group.

  • The G-7 Global Task Force

    The G7 Global Taskforce is an informal coalition of some 70 civil society organisations working on the G7. The members come from a wide-cross sector of civil society as well as sectoral interests. All members are actively working on some aspect of the G7 whether it is deep policy or mobilising the public to put pressure on the G7 leaders. (
    RET is a member of the he G-7 Global Task Force in G-7 Education Working Group, G-7 Gender Working Group and G-7 Peace & Security Working Group.

  • The Youth Compact in Humanitarian Action

    A global call to prioritize the needs and rights of young women and men, girls and boys affected by disaster, conflict, forced displacement and other emergencies. The Global Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit, the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action is an unprecedented and collective commitment of 50+ humanitarian actors working to ensure that the priorities of young people are addressed and informed, consulted, and meaningfully engaged throughout all stages of humanitarian action.
    RET is a member of the Task Team for Action 1: Promote and increase age- and gender-responsive and inclusive programs that contribute to the protection, health
    and development of young women, young men, girls and boys within humanitarian settings.


    The mission of GADRRRES is to ensure that all schools are safe from disaster risks and all learners live in a culture of safety. ( RET is a member of GADRRRES – Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience in the Education Sector.

  • The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

    The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is a global, interagency group. we set standards and provide technical support to ensure that efforts to protect children from violence and exploitation are of high quality and effective. (
    RET is a member of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Task Force, in Family Strengthening Task Force and in Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group.

  • The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE - 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 organizations as UNICEF and the Women’s Refugee Commission to fulfil a common mission of ensuring quality education programs 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.
    RET is a member of the Steering Committee (2010 – 2017) Co-chair with the World Bank and IRC from 2012-2016. Member in the Education & Practice Working Group (2004 +); Member in the Education & Policy Working Group (2018 +) – Co-chair
    of the Alternative Education Task Force; Member of the Youth & Prevention of Violent
    Extremism Group (2017-18); Co-convener of the INEE’s Adolescents and Youth Task Team (2005 +)

  • Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

    Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. ECW was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to help reposition education as a priority on the humanitarian agenda, usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and foster additional funding to ensure that every crisis-affected child and young person is in school and learning( RET is a member of the Educational Technical Task Team.

  • RET is a Committee Member of RECI, the Swiss Network for Education and International Cooperation ( 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.

  • Since the end of 2006, a total of 38 countries have formally established an Education Cluster (EC - 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 -, 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 International is an active member the YAE Group (Youth and Adolescents in Emergency - 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.