Co-Creators: Dale Buscher & Kellie Leeson
Kellie and Dale met frequently at meetings to discuss urban refugees, the lack of attention this population was receiving and the need to develop different approaches for populations living in cities. At some point they converged on the need to find better ways to support refugees, through improved monitoring and case management. This tool was developed to fill this monitoring gap.
Dale Buscher is the Senior Director of Programs at the Women’s Refugee Commission. Dale has been working in the refugee assistance field since 1988 in a variety of capacities including work in the Philippines, Cuba, Northern Iraq, and throughout the Balkans. He has led programs with the International Catholic Migration Commission and with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees where he wrote the handbook, Operational Protection in Camps and Settlements. He has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and a Bachelors of Science degree from Iowa State University.
Kellie C. Leeson is an independent consultant. She has over fifteen years of experience focused on refugee issues working throughout East Africa, Russia and Cote d’Ivoire with the International Rescue Committee and Concern Worldwide. Most recently she was the Managing Director at the Development Research Institute at New York University. She supervised the assessment and advocacy report titled, Hidden and Exposed: Urban Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University.
In addition, significant support has been provided by WRC staff members Anna Myers, Research Officer, and Shahd Osman, Atlas Fellow.