Overview

Commissioned by CIDA, AUSAID and Act for Peace, an Australian NGO, this assignment involved the review of the nature and performance of self-management structures in eight Burmese refugee camps along the Thai border.

Working with a team of eight local consultants speaking four pertinent languages, the study used key person interviews with all major stakeholder groups (including the Thai camp authorities, Burmese camp leaders, women and youth groups): participatory evaluation methods, primarily through committee and group meetings; field site observations and extensive feedback presentations to the commissioning agencies.

Results

The review confirmed the general effectiveness of the refugee camp management model and highlighted the potential value of the skills and experience of its leaders in the repatriation process and local governance efforts in emergent Burma.