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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

4.2 The leadership may not truly represent the refugees

The support of the refugee leadership will be important to success, but the leadership may not be properly representative of all the refugees. UNHCR and implementing partner staff will have a role to play to ensure that refugee representatives are as truly representative as possible of the whole community, its different social groups, women, the most vulnerable. This is difficult and will take time. It is rarely as simple as organising an election among the refugees. A thorough and subtle understanding of the social norms of the refugee community and how these may have changed in exile will be needed.