Coaching Communities to Success

In June 2019 HOST International launched an innovative program aimed at building thriving communities in Adelaide using a coaching approach. Read more about this program here. At HOST we believe that it is important to measure the impact of our work and therefore each program has a clear monitoring and evaluation framework associated with it.…

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HOST International partners with UNICEF to strengthen community-based child protection in Malaysia in collaboration with communities and local services

As part of a new partnership with UNICEF Malaysia, HOST International will strengthen community-based protection for refugee children in Kuala Lumpur through our innovative partnership and capacity building approach. In February 2020 there were 46,520 refugee children of concern registered with UNHCR in Malaysia, of whom 52% were Rohingya children. Out of the total number of…

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Refugee Innovation Scholarships for Good Hustle Program

Do you have an idea or existing project that will make life better for urban refugees? Apply now for one of five scholarships to the StartSomeGood Good Hustle entrepreneur program. StartSomeGood and HOST International have joined to offer five(5) fully funded scholarships to former and current refugees who have an innovative idea or project that…

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Vote for Regional Opportunities Australia – Finalist in Sunsuper’s Dreams for A Better World Award

Regional Opportunities Australia, part of the HOST International group, has been shortlisted for Sunsuper’s Dreams For A Better World People’s Choice Award. Regional Opportunities Australia (ROA) supports migrants and refugees move from cities to welcoming regional communities and connects them to employment and business opportunities. This creates opportunities for migrants and refugees while enriching regional…

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Global Refugee Forum – an international first

HOST International welcomes the first Global Refugee Forum which will take place on 16-18 December 2019 in Geneva, and aims to generate new approaches and long-term commitments to improve the lives of refugees and the communities that host them. HOST International was founded on the premise that new solutions are needed for the unprecedented number…

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Hornsby community supports the education of young asylum seekers

  HOST International’s ‘Project Humanity’ asylum seeker support programme was generously supported by Soroptimist International of Hornsby with vouchers for school supplies, library bags and a $1000 student scholarship. Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide volunteer service organisation of women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls,…

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Refugee Access to Fair and Lawful Work in Asia Report Released

This report released today examines the rights of refugees to work safely and lawfully in eight countries in Asia. It features country-specific scorecards examining policies and practices in the eight research countries and provides a clear baseline and starting point for engaging with refugee work rights in Asia. The report is the result of a…

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HOST obtains interim status in ACFID membership

HOST International is proud to announce that we have recently been awarded Interim Full Membership status by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Board. This will continue until the next annual ACFID Council in October 2019, at which we anticipate becoming full members. HOST will now be part of a network which unites Australia’s…

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Regional Opportunities Australia launches at Government House

Regional Opportunities Australia (ROA) was officially launched by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales, at Government House, Sydney on Wednesday 14th August. ROA, a subsidiary of HOST International, was established earlier this year in Sydney with a mission to connect people of migrant and refugee backgrounds with employment…

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Kiwi tech entrepreneur honoured in Asia

HOST International NZ Board Member, Mitchell Pham, has been honoured for his entrepreneurial leadership and international impact by Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, as one of their yearly honours recipients. “My story is one about leveraging connections back to where I came from and the possibilities that have existed to benefit both countries,” Mitchell says.…

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HOST International opens in Adelaide

HOST International officially opened its new office in Adelaide on 16th July, which was also the launch of HOST’s new programme, Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) – Community Capacity Building (CCB). It was a wonderful opportunity to promote the work of the programme and to introduce the HOST Adelaide team. The evening allowed for…

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New guidelines encourage recruitment of job seekers from refugee backgrounds

A new guide is being developed to help New Zealand employers recruit jobseekers from refugee backgrounds. The project is a collaboration between not-for-profit HOST International NZ and the Centre for Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE) at Australia’s Deakin University, and partners at Monash University and Australian National University. Job seekers with refugee backgrounds,…

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HOST International leaves Nauru

Today HOST International Ltd will finish working in Nauru after two and a half years delivering community-based support services to refugees subject to Australia’s offshore processing program. During this time, HOST has been delivering individual psychosocial support services to refugees living in the Nauru community; employment and vocational training services; and community capacity development services…

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HOST welcomes new Deputy CEO

HOST International is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Deputy CEO Mitra Khakbaz. Mitra was most recently an executive manager with MDA Ltd for almost 12 years and has worked in the university sector prior to that. She has a proven track record of working across areas of regional settlement, employment, community wellbeing,…

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Global Talent Internship programme

Global Talent Internship Programme launches in Auckland

The HOST Global Talent internship programme is launching in Auckland this month. Companies will be partnered with highly skilled and talented former refugees who bring their global marketplace experience and cultural diversity to teams as short-term volunteer interns. By hosting a HOST Global Talent intern, each organisation will offer NZ workplace experience, opportunity to demonstrate competency, and assistance…

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Historic moment as Thai authorities sign MOU to end detention of child refugees

11 mothers and their children were released from government detention and into the community, where they will be supported by HOST’s case management program. The event was made possible due to the sustained collaboration between HOST and numerous human rights agencies and NGOs in Thailand. On Monday, our HOST team in Bangkok attended the signing…

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Young refugees step up to challenge gender norms

New app and education program connects families with volunteers to complete household chores to increase girls’ access to education. Eight students from refugee backgrounds from the Fugee School have teamed up to create an app and education programme that they hope will not only help young girls access education, but also educate their communities on…

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