Our structure | Finance | Fundraising | Media | New initiatives

Our structure


The role of the Administration Team is to act as a coordinating body between all branches of Sciences Po Refugee Help. The Administration Team also handles financing and fundraising efforts, and generates Activity Reports to reflect the association's overall work and impact (see our February 2017 Activity Report as a draft example). Our work is also reflected through various communication material, networking efforts with institutions or press contacts. Finally, the Administration Team is also an incubator for new initiatives, such as the Sciences Po Refugee Help Think Tank, Buddy Program or Awareness-Raising in Schools program (see sections below).


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Running an association like Sciences Po Refugee Helps means a lot of financial tracking and reporting. Thankfully, our fantastic Finance Team liaises with all volunteers making purchases, asking them to fill out reimbursement sheets, using mobile apps to immediately scan and send receipts, detailing items procured, applying discounts, and consolidating all of this information in a live Budget. This budget will be publicly shared, at the end of each spending period, to complement our narrative reporting efforts (like our Newsletter or Activity Reports) and guarantee associative transparency to donors, partners and members. The Finance team is also responsible for researching and applying to various grants, allowing us to finance our activities in the short and long term.



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Come to our fundraising concert, BEATS ACROSS BORDERS #4!


















Although grant applications are a great source of funding, most of Sciences Po Refugee Help's finances come from donations made by individuals like you! These donations either come through our crowdfunding campaign, or fundraising events like our concert series. Each semeseter, Sciences Po Refugee Help has organised a Beats Across Borders concert, bringing together asylum seekers and Parisians at l'Alimentation Générale for a night a beats, boogeing, babbling and bridging. Our next concert is happening on Thursday, April 13th, 2017! Get your tickets here! These concerts regularly raise thousands of euros, allowing us to prepare for peak migration waves in the summer time.


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Scences Po Refugee Help's work on the ground has allowed it to glean a holistic and in depth understanding of key issues and legal loopholes or violations. As we continue to network with other ground actors and institutions, we also seek to document our experiences and lay the groundwork for wider advocacy campaigns based on our observations. We also want to document the association's work in order to be accountable to donors, partners and members. This is where the media team comes in: our role is to generate communication material (photos, videos, infrographs, posts) reflecting Sciences Po Refugee Help's activities, and exchange with press contacts for exposés, portraits, interviews, documentaries and more. Interested? Write to us at the address below!


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Our new initiatives


Sciences Po Refugee Help is always looking towards expansion: as we move on from an association focused on emergency aid to longer term initiatives (courtesy, in part, of evolutions on the ground), we look into novel initiatives more targeted towards advocacy and changing the way individuals think about asylum seekers. In this spirit, the three following initiatives have emerged, and are now at different levels of development:


  • The Buddy Program: this program allows Sciences Po students concerned by the heavily-mediatised ‘refugee crisis’ in Paris to personally and actively invest themselves in this cause by meeting and supporting a person going through the asylum process or integration process in Paris. A buddy acts in a twofold manner: first, he or she helps the individual discover France and its capital (visiting museums together, recommending books, listening to music, going to dinners or soirées…). Second, they help the individual with their administrative paperwork, benefitting from a practical guide, out together by Sciences Po Refugee Help, with civil society contacts they can revert to for specific problems. This program allows Sciences Po Refugee Help to remain, first and foremost, an association that operates at the individual level, seeking to change personal narratives on asylum and migration. Above all, it keeps us rooted in a profoundly humane approach, as we remember that changing the way two individuals see each other is the change the lens with which they look out into the world.


  • Awareness Raising in Schools: Being a member of Sciences Po Refugee Help is a difficult and challenging experience, especially when working in teams directly exposed to the situation on the ground (Material Needs, Asylum Aid...). As of this year, both current and former members will be speaking about their experiences in local high schools, raising awareness amongst younger generations on migration, asylum, and the challenged they will most likely continue to face as they move into the university and working world. On a personal level, this allows outgoing members of Sciences Po Refugee Help to punctuate their experience by coming full circle, as they conclude their months or years of volunteering by debriefing before those susceptible to take their place, be it within Sciences Po Refugee Help or in another, similar association at another university. Finally, it allows students in high school to access personal narratives on the refugee crisis in Paris, without the added medium of a newspaper, TV documentary or book. It personalises a collective struggle, and starts the process via which individuals approach the issue of migration with specific faces and names in mind, instead of depersonalised numbers and figures.


  • Sciences Po Refugee Help Think Tank: As Sciences Po Refugee Help expands and transforms, it is important to take a moment and reflect on our inner workings and evolving identity. This will be the aim of the Think Tank, who will be assigned one question each year to reflect on, and insert that year's experiences into. The Think Tank is but one of the many other platforms through which Sciences Po Refugee Help seeks unity with its members, even as the association grows ever more numerous and horizontal (for instance, our volunteers also have acess to a private blog, imitating the MSF model, in which they can share their frustrations and grievances). The Think Tank will publish its conclusions each year through a report whose format has yet to be determined.


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