Nansen Refugee Award: coming together to drive change

Many of us have our basic needs taken care of; a secure home, good health, a regular income, our children are safe and have a good education, but some are not so lucky. To be a refugee is not a choice but an unfortunate reality for over 25 million people forced to leave their home by war, climate change or other dire circumstances. Half of those displaced are children.

The IKEA Foundation has partnered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as well as many other partners to help create a better life for many of these people. But we know we can do more. As one of the largest home retailers in the world, our reach is incredible. We have the opportunity to talk about topics which are relevant to our consumers and co-workers in connection to a better everyday life at home.

We can drive change.

This year, in honour of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Awards, we’re bringing together co-workers from across the IKEA world to partner with members of the IKEA Foundation, Tent Foundation, UNHCR and others. We’re discussing a way to build on the great work in changing the perception of refugees around the world and leveraging our strengths to create a positive impact both locally and on a global scale.

The IKEA Foundation is one of the title sponsors of the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award, which celebrates heroes supporting refugees, internally displaced and stateless people. It’s presented every year to a person or organisation who has dedicated their time going above and beyond the call of duty to help people forcibly displaced from their homes.

This year the winner is Dr Evan Atar Adaha, surgeon and medical director at a hospital in Bunj, South Sudan. The award is in recognition of Dr Atar’s outstanding 20-year commitment in providing medical services to people forced to flee conflict. Learn more about Dr Atar’s amazing work. Follow along with us as we collaborate together on how we can create change, and attend the award ceremony to honour Dr Atar and hear his story.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, presents the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award to Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, a surgeon and medical director at a hospital in north-eastern South Sudan. Photo by UNHCR.