Article 43 of the GCR provides that “a global academic network on refugee, other forced displacement, and statelessness issues will be established, involving universities, academic alliances, and research institutions, together with UNHCR and other relevant stakeholders”. Regional working groups and global level events are also envisaged to take place highlighting the contributions from academic institutions in low-and middle-income contexts.
Anchored in a whole-of-society approach, GAIN seeks to ensure that academic contributions are shared in an accessible manner with policymakers and civil society actors; and to partner with forced displacement networks, alliances and consortiums on projects that advance implementation of the GCR.
The multi-faceted aspects of refugee protection and solutions necessitate contributions from experts in many different fields. To advance burden and responsibility sharing, the GAIN Secretariat works with universities, academic alliances, research institutions and individual academics from a variety of disciplines.
The GAIN Secretariat is currently chaired by the University of Essex and supported by UNHCR: