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close this bookCommodity Distribution, A Practical Guide for Field Staff (United Nations High Commission for Refugee, 1997, 77 p.)
View the document4.1 Refugee participation
View the document4.2 The leadership may not truly represent the refugees
View the document4.3 Refugee committees
View the document4.5 Information to all the beneficiaries, the crucial factor

4.1 Refugee participation

A sense of control over all aspects of distribution can be illusory. Redistribution can occur independently of any official distribution system. The way a refugee community is structured socially will greatly influence the way in which commodities are redistributed and used. Therefore the question is not, should you have refugee participation in distribution but rather how to ensure that the participation works with rather than against programme objectives.

Refugee populations are rarely random collections of families or individuals. A degree of social organisation will be present from the start. You need to identify the existing structures and take account of them in the design of your system.