The Barbara Harrell-Bond Foundation
Micro-Grants to Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The Barbara Harrell-Bond Foundation has a simple purpose -- to unite the many people that Barbara helped throughout her life on a volunteer basis to be able to assist refugees and asylum seekers with micro-grants. Barbara accomplished many things in her career - she founded academic institutions, NGOs, and resources for lawyers and advocates. But one of the greatest things Barbara did was open her own wallet and offer up any money she had to help someone apply for status, buy medicine, send their child to school, or get to a court hearing.
The Foundation will emulate that action by seeking micro-donations to issue micro-grants through a simple online application & distribution system accessible to refugees and asylum seekers. The Foundation is to be operated as near to 100% by unpaid volunteers as possible to achieve close to 100% of donations to be used to help individual refugees and asylum seekers in need of micro-assistance, allowing for essential costs (e.g. administration, auditing, accounts & renewal costs).
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How to help
Honoring Barbara's Memory
If you knew Barbara, you know how kind, caring and compassionate she could be. As a Foundation, we aim to continue this compassion in the name of our friend, professor, and mentor. We're looking for volunteers with any and all skill sets.
If you're interested in volunteering, fill out the form linked below.
Barbara's article 'Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees' is available to read online here
We were recently contacted by Olivier Rukundo - a Rwandan refugee who reached out to Barbara and wrote about his experiences with her in Forced Migration Review.
You can read about his story in depth here:
Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary
Director: Enrico Falzetti
Produced by Katarzyna Grabska in collaboration with AMERA Int.
Documentary, 58 min.
Through the prism of an extraordinary life, this documentary explores the achievements of Barbara Harrell-Bond - academic, refugee activist and a life-long advocate of refugee rights.
The film takes us on a personal journey of a not-so-ordinary woman born in a remote town in South Dakota during the Great Depression, and traces her career from her initial engagement with the civil rights in the late Fifties, to her move to the UK in the mid-Sixties where she studied social anthropology at the University of Oxford in the 1960s, and then to her travels in West Africa where she carried out much of her academic research.
Her first-hand experience of the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria in 1980, and the humanitarian crisis in Sudan in 1982, led her to establish the first refugee studies centre in Oxford, of which she is a founding director, and numerous others around the world. A very
strong advocate of legal aid programs for refugees in the Global South, Barbara established a number of these programs including in Uganda, Egypt, South Africa and the UK.
Far from being only an academic, the focus of Barbara’s life-long work has been on refugee rights, and on keeping refugees at the centre of humanitarian interventions. Issues which resonate even more deeply now, in an age in which safe havens for refugees are increasingly being eroded and violations of human rights are on the rise.
Please see the following series of articles for more information about Barbara:
Barbara's profile on Research Gate is also a great insight into her work, you can find it here
Film screenings: Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary
12 June 2018 – the Institute of International Studies, Erasmus University, the Hague, Netherlands
20 June 2018 – World Refugee Day, Queen Elisabeth House, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, the UK
24 July 2018 – University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference
20 August, 2018 – Refugee Law Summer School, Olmulec University, the Czech Republic
15 August 2018 – Brazil, University of Sao Paolo
22 August 2018 – Duzy Pokoj, the Ethnographic Lab, Diversity Days, Warsaw, Poland
29 August, 2018 – Humanity House, the Hague, Netherlands
October, 2018 – Slupsk, Poland – diversity days
22 October 2018 – Amman, Jordan – Prince Hassan bin Talal Foundation
31 October, 2018 – The VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Kampala, Uganda, 2019
Cairo, the American University in Cairo, 2019
University of Warsaw, Poland, 2019
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland - 2019
March, 2019 Oxford Brookes Human Rights Film Festival, Oxford, the UK
Oxford University, Margrette Hall, March 2019
Nottingham University, June 2019
Nairobi, Kenya – 2019 – Samuel Hall Organisation