About Us

We are a network of refugees and refugee-led initiatives in South Africa.  We speak up for refugees using our work as an evidence base and ensure that all refugee voices are heard and considered in policy and decision-making to impact a positive change. We work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure we can best support our members and their communities as they define their own solutions to complex social challenges.


The SARLN’s mission is to develop better connected and more sustainable refugee communities across South Africa, taking action at both a hyper-local and national level.

Our Values

We Listen

Listening is a foundational value, whether listening to the people we support in communities, or to each other, or to our supporters and partners.

We Collaborate

Our talents and abilities are multiplied when we work together, understanding each other’s expertise, respecting each other’s contribution and challenging each other to achieve more.

We have integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards and open and accountable to each other, to authorities, to donors and to beneficiaries on what, when, why and how we do things.

We balance

We are mindful of our personal lives and health, so we pledge to always find time to look after ourselves and look out for each other.