Supported by the EU Trust Fund, the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) on migration in the Horn Of Africa has been created to collate and produce evidence and policy relevant knowledge.

We are conducting research on the drivers of migration, dynamics of cross-border economies and centre/periphery relations, the features and limitations of government migration management systems and social service provision, drivers of radicalism and violent extremism, and opportunities for strengthening resilience. The research is conducted by a consortium made up of SOAS as the lead partner, the University of Manchester and Sahan Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Horn of Africa (HoA) is a region with a long history of crises, including conflict, natural disasters, and mass displacement of people both within and across its borders. It is also one of the most diverse in term of cultures, ethnicities, and religions of the African continent. The region’s complexities, combined with a rapidly expanding and increasingly youthful population, are producing progressively more acute challenges to international peace and security.

Latest news, research and commentary

Resilience in action on the drylands of Turkana

To understand resilience, I realised I should instead start living, working, resting, playing, and hearing stories as much as my untrained body would allow—there where shade is only found in the shadows of clouds.

Localisation and participation within the rollout of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Kenya

The success of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) is dependent in large part on the extent to which greater self-reliance and inclusion of refugees and host communities is achieved. This can only be established by examining the extent to which initiatives, activities, structures and processes of a country’s rollout procedures engage with the perspectives and priorities of displacement-affected communities.

New rapid review: Localisation and participation within the rollout of the CRRF in Kenya

Research and Evidence Facility to pleased to publish our latest rapid review: Localisation and participation within the rollout of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Kenya. This rapid review analyses the extent of localisation and participation in the rollout of the CRRF process in Kenya. By focusing on localisation and participation, the review examines the extent to which the initiatives, activities, structures and processes of the CRRF have contributed to progress

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ODI blog: Why so many Sudanese are prepared to risk their lives to reach the UK

Read the ODI blog from Margie Buchanan-Smith and Susanne Jaspars: ‘Why so many Sudanese are prepared to risk their lives to reach the UK’ The blog explores the REF and ODI research which documented the forced migration of young Sudanese feeling Sudan for Europe. The study focused on the plight of the Darfuris; who was leaving Sudan and why; what were their experiences after leaving their own country; and what happened

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Video: Mobility and immobility in the time of coronavirus

University of Oxford’s annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2020 Mobility and Immobility in the Time of Coronavirus: Reflections from Long-Term Study of Migration and Displacement Watch Laura Hammond’s webinar where she considers the legacy of Elizabeth Colson’s work – her focus on careful, patient, attention to detail, her investigation of inequalities and social disruption, and her fascination with the creative ways that people respond to such challenges to explore how forced migration

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Mobility and COVID-19: A case study of Uganda

By Kalyango Ronald Sebba. Uganda registered its first case of COVID 19 on 22 March 2020. With events evolving fast, the socio-economic impacts were not immediately clear, and the government framed the pandemic in terms of health rather than socio-economic factors,

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This project is funded by European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. 

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