Monitoring needs and building community relations

Transcending traditional needs assessments, Upinion assesses the needs and preferences of its communities on a longitudinal basis, allowing it to understand the impact of contextual changes such as shifts in the political, economic, or aid climate, and policy shifts. Moreover, the participatory approach enables communities to put the topics they deem the most relevant on the agenda of local decision makers, and to receive information exactly on those issues that concern them most.

  • Media Spotlight: Upinion’s report on Syrian refugees in Türkiye featured by Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Nieuwsblad

    Media Spotlight: Upinion’s report on Syrian refugees in Türkiye featured by Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Nieuwsblad

    One year after the earthquake in Türkiye, Upinion and its partner 11.11.11, the Belgian umbrella organisation of International Solidarity, show in a new report that the situation of Syrian refugees in Türkiye is alarming and requires immediate attention by the international community. It is rewarding to see the dialogue around Upinion’s research gaining traction in the…

  • One Year After the Earthquakes: the Situation of Syrian Refugees in Türkiye

    One Year After the Earthquakes: the Situation of Syrian Refugees in Türkiye

    This policy brief by 11.11.11 and Upinion presents the results of two online conversations conducted with Syrian refugees in Türkiye, in October 2023 and January 2024. It aims to highlights key concerns and needs that Syrians in Türkiye are dealing with, one year after the devastating earthquakes that struck Southern Türkiye and Northern Syria on…

  • The situation of Afghan refugees: 2 years after the take over of the Taliban

    The situation of Afghan refugees: 2 years after the take over of the Taliban

    In March 2022, a telling insight from an Afghan male in Türkiye was shared in Upinion’s conversation: ‘I have been in Turkey for two months. The Turkish police were waiting at the border. They sent us to Iran twice. They took us from the city by beating and torturing us.’ This quote reflects the grim…

  • Engaging with Communities Affected by Crisis: 10 Do’s and Don’ts Based on Upinion’s Experiences

    During times of crises, communities affected by challenges require support and engagement to facilitate their recovery. Meaningful engagement with these communities is crucial for understanding their needs, building trust, and delivering effective assistance. We at Upinion, a social enterprise that has developed a digital engagement platform, have amassed valuable experience in this field. In this blog…

  • Engaging with Communities Affected by Crisis: 10 Do’s and Don’ts Based on Upinion’s Experiences

    Engaging with Communities Affected by Crisis: 10 Do’s and Don’ts Based on Upinion’s Experiences

    📢 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭! Check out our latest blog post on engaging with crisis-affected communities, drawing on insights from Upinion’s extensive experience. Learn 10 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐨’𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐧’𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, including fostering trust, upholding privacy, and clear communication.

  • A successful Triple Nexus approach: perceptions from individuals in Lebanon

    A successful Triple Nexus approach: perceptions from individuals in Lebanon

    ‘Triple Nexus’ has found its place as yet another captivating buzzword within the international aid community, governments, and academia. But what does it really mean on the ground? Upinion and partner ALEF act for human rights went straight to the source and engaged in conversations with nearly 500 individuals in Lebanon. Their voices shed light on 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭…

  • Policy Brief – Assessing the Current Status of Syrian Refugees in Türkiye

    Policy Brief – Assessing the Current Status of Syrian Refugees in Türkiye

    Yesterday marked the first round of the 2023 General Elections in Türkiye, providing citizens with the chance to exercise their democratic right to vote. The political discourse leading up to the elections has taken a concerning turn, with Syrian refugees being scapegoated and even subjected to forced deportations to gain political points and direct voting…

  • Field trip in Lebanon: meeting youth in Qaa!

    Field trip in Lebanon: meeting youth in Qaa!

    Upinion’s team is currently on a field trip in Lebanon – one of the countries where it has a large, active online community. Our conversations with youth, refugee, and women-led organisations, representing all nationalities and from all over Lebanon, have been providing us with valuable feedback on our online platform, the topics that are being…

  • Resisting the Narrative: Syrian Refugees Challenge the Push for Return

    Resisting the Narrative: Syrian Refugees Challenge the Push for Return

    The narrative of Syria being safe for refugees to return is gaining traction, fueling anti-refugee sentiments and leading to dehumanizing policies and practices, despite clear evidence that the country is not yet safe to return. In response, Upinion, in its partnership with the Refugee Watch Coalition, published its third annual report on the conditions inside…

  • Resisting the Narrative: Syrian Refugees Challenge the Push for Return

    Growing narratives that depict Syria as safe and ready for return are gaining traction across Syrian refugee-hosting countries. A new discourse has emerged that does not only fuel anti-refugee sentiments; it also encourages governments and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency dedicated to saving lives and protecting the rights of forcibly displaced communities, to develop and…