International funders & Migration network meeting

Perspectives on support for people on the move: learning and reflections on how funders can enable better practice.

This is a joint meeting held by ACF’s Asylum, Refugee and Migration Network, which supports exchange among members interested in funding asylum, refugee and migration projects and programmes, and ACF’s International Network, which supports the sharing of information and practice among members interested in funding internationally.
Migration is increasing globally – both the forced movement of people due to war and insecurity, and those choosing to relocate voluntarily.  In May 2022, UNHCR estimated the numbers of those forcibly displaced from their homes to have exceeded 100 million for the first time on record.  This is over 1% of the global population, and equivalent to the 14th most populous country in the world.  It includes refugees and asylum seekers as well as the 53.2 million people displaced inside their country’s borders by conflict.  Wider migration, including those who have migrated voluntarily, is also increasing, with IOM estimating that in 2020 there were 281 million people living in a country other than the one they were born in, 128 million more than in 1990.
Refugee Council notes a growing and significant increase in the number of asylum applications, up by 63% in 2022 compared to the previous year. With migration provoking perennial political tension in the UK, the treatment and integration of asylum-seekers and refugees is an area of significant third sector activity and where the work of charities and community groups has vital importance for the people they support.
This timely meeting will bring together funders interested in migration with those working internationally to hear perspectives from several key organisations supporting people on the move, both overseas and here in the UK, and will provide space for reflection and discussion on the practice of independent funders in supporting this important work. 


Danielle Beasley, UNHCR’s Children Protection Officer and Lead for the Central Mediterranean Family Reunification project, UNHCR Tunis

Danielle Beasley is a Child Protection Officer with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Based in Tunis as part of the office of UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean, she works as the lead for the Central Mediterranean Family Reunification project.  

Eiri Ohtani, Director of Right to Remain, UK
Eiri joined Right to Remain in April 2022 to take up a newly created post of Director. Eiri has over twenty years experience in the refugee and migration sector, covering a wide-range of roles at the national, European and international levels. In the UK, she previously set up and ran the charity Asylum Support Appeals Project and the coalition, the Detention Forum. She also works as a consultant specialising in strategy, theory of change, advocacy and organisational development and regularly provides advice to foundation


Fizza Qureshi, CEO of Migrants' Rights Network

Fizza Qureshi is the CEO of the Migrants’ Rights Network. She previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust. Before this, she worked as a Programme Manager for an international medical humanitarian organisation where she was responsible for its UK independent health clinic, and health advocacy programme supporting migrants to access healthcare. She has previously served as Board Member of MRN, the Institute of Race Relations and Healthwatch Newham and is currently the Co-Chair of the3million and on the board of Migrants at Work.



Jane Salmonsen, Director of Firefly International

Jane is Director of Firefly International, a small Scottish charity for war affected children.  She has worked in the international NGO sector for over 20 years, including for Mercy Corps, L'Arche International and CBM.


International Funders' network

Chrissie Hirst, International Specialist, Corra Foundation
Chrissie manages Corra’s international work. This includes supporting organisations during application, ongoing administration, and evaluation of funded projects. Her career has been in international development, mostly based overseas and including posts with several different organisations (such as CARE International and the United Nations). Her experience includes grass-roots community programmes as well as policy work to strengthen national institutions and international commitments, and has covered post-conflict development and peacebuilding, human and minority rights, democratic governance, and migration. A Cambridge University graduate, she has an International Relations MSc from LSE and a Conflict & Reconciliation Studies MA from Coventry University. Chrissie currently manages Corra Foundation’s international work and grant-making.

Esther Hughes, Executive Director,  Global Dialogue
Esther Hughes is Executive Director of Global Dialogue, a charity enabling innovative and collaborative philanthropy.  Global Dialogue hosts a global portfolio of donor-led initiatives including the Ariadne Network, the Funders' Initiative for Civil Society, the International Education Funders Group, Migration Exchange and Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace, alongside an incubation function that has nurtured several award-winning civil society organisations in the UK including EachOther, the Five Foundation, and IMiX.


Asylum, refugee and migration network

Nitya Teagarajan, Funding Officer, The National Lottery Community Fund
Nitya is a Funding Officer with the National Lottery Community Fund and a 2027 Programme Fellow. Prior to working in the grant making sector, she gained a range of experience working in the voluntary sector including in project management, frontline work supporting survivors of human trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees, fundraising and she also co-founded and managed a grassroots voluntary organisation for over 5 years. She has a special interest in gender justice initiatives. Nitya has been a Co-Convenor for the Asylum, refugee and migration network since April 2021.


Date: 28 June 2022

Time: 10.00am - 11.30am

This event will take place online. A Zoom link will be sent 48 hours before. 

If you would like to discuss access requirements, please contact [email protected]

Please note that this event might contain discussions of sensitive topics or information.