DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The RRM is an informal platform for dialogue and cooperation on higher education in emergencies and conflict-affected societies. Bringing together a variety of partners and stakeholders, the RRM is the main multilateral platform linking the academic community, philanthropies, the private sector, humanitarian and development players and political decision makers at national, regional and global level.
The RRM aims to become the most comprehensive partnership for higher education in emergencies and in conflict-affected societies, joining hands across continents. The RRM is built upon the best practices existing at international level, seeking to help boost the global agenda on education in emergencies and to contribute to reorganizing this field, which has remained loosely defined until recently, with international organizations and other players providing a patchworked assortment of services.
The RRM is based on three pillars: the Academic Consortium, the Network of Partners and a Financing Facility. The RRM Academic Consortium is made up of universities, polytechnics, colleges, research institutes as well as other higher education providers committed to providing refugees and students on forced mobility with opportunities to pursue their education; the RRM Network of Partners is made up of a wide range of members – international organizations, governments, aid agencies, foundations, NGOs, the private sector and individuals – engaged in supporting the higher education sector in conflict settings; the Financing Facility in support of the RRM is a blended finance initiative comprising grants, an academic solidarity levy to be raised on a voluntary basis (the YES levy) and an impact investment, the BlueCrow Dynamic Fund I.
The Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies (RRM) was officially launched in 2018 in the framework of the International Conference on Higher Education in Emergencies held in Lisbon in April and will be fully operational in 2019 – 2020. In the meantime a pilot experience of the RRM is being implemented in Portugal thanks to the cooperation agreement signed by the GP4SYS and the High Commissioner for Migration of Portugal in 2017 and renewed in 2018.