Guest post: Rural to urban migration of refugees in Uganda

By Idil Osman|August 29, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Ronald Kalyango Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Note: This blog provides a preliminary snapshot of research being done as part of a project being carried out by the Rift Valley Institute for the REF on migration to urban areas in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Further outputs on the research will be forthcoming shortly. Uganda is currently host to over 1,277,476 refugees and asylum-seekers. Majority of the refugees are from South

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REF consultation meeting in Uganda

By Idil Osman|June 29, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Research and Evidence Facility team held a consultation meeting on the 16th of June 2017 with stakeholders in Kampala, Uganda. Participants ranged from those working for NGOs such as the Danish Refugee Council, UNHCR and UNICEF to locally based organisations such as Network for Ugandan Researchers and Research Networks. The team introduced participants to the REF, discussed research plans and invited them for feedback. One of the topics participants

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Interview with UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey

By Idil Osman|May 26, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The recently concluded London-Somalia conference held on 11 May 2017 brought together heads of states and governments from across the Horn and East Africa and other key partners as well as senior figures from international organisations. This was the third such conference, following similar events in 2012 and 2013. The aims of this year’s conference were to agree on coordinated support for a new security architecture, promote more inclusive, stable

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First Expert Advisory Group meeting

By Idil Osman|April 28, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

The REF team held its first advisory panel meeting on Monday 24th of April 2017 in Brussels at the Development Cooperation (DEVCO) Directorate of the European Commission. The panel consists of highly distinguished members ranging from academics and researchers to journalists and former ambassadors, each one bringing a wealth of expertise in the fields of migration, development and conflict in the Horn of Africa. The meeting enabled the REF to

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Guest Blog: Threat of famine brings with it mass displacement in Somalia

By Idil Osman|April 26, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Abdurahman Sharif and Aude Galli   Since November 2016, 3,000 people a day in Somalia are being forced to abandon their homes in search of water and food. It is the highest displacement level since the 2011 famine. Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, is host to the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. In 2015, it was identified as one of the fastest growing

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Drought Conditions in Eastern Africa – An Update

By Idil Osman|February 28, 2017|Uncategorized|2 comments

Drought is a recurrent natural climatic event in Eastern Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) that occurs in all geographical zones although its characteristics vary significantly from one region to another. It should be noted that aridity (low rainfall) is a persistent condition in some geographic areas, which can experience periods of more extreme aridity, or drought. In different arid and semi-arid parts of the region, droughts recurrently impact and

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Guest Blog: Dadaab closure; view from a former resident

By Idil Osman|February 2, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Moulid Hujale Freelance Journalist, Former Dadaab camp resident Located just about 100km from Somalia’s border, Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp is home to almost half a million Somali refugees who have been seeking refuge there since the 1991 civil war. For over ten years, I was among those who called Dadaab home after fleeing Somalia as a child. I lived and worked in the camp and made many friends including amongst

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Guest Blog: First REF research put into action under the EU Trust Fund

By Idil Osman|January 24, 2017|Uncategorized|0 comments

Olivia Berthon, Communications Programme Manager, EU Trust Fund for Africa – Horn of Africa Window   During July and August 2016, the Research and Evidence Facility conducted field research in three cross-border areas of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, centred on migration and instability, as well as sources of vulnerability. The objective was to help the EU Trust Fund to gain a better understanding of the political, social, environmental and

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Announcing our Programme of Research!

By Idil Osman|December 19, 2016|Uncategorized|0 comments

On 15 December, we presented our full programme of research on migration, displacement and conflict to be carried out in the Horn of Africa over the coming two years to the European Union Trust Fund’s Operational Committee. This was an important moment for the REF Team, as it provided us with a formal opportunity to share with the Trust Fund members (most of the EU member states) the work that

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Researching Development in Lowland Ethiopia: Some Insights

By Idil Osman|October 7, 2016|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Ethiopian government argues that land investments, and the accompanying villagization scheme (also called commune programme), constitute the mode of development suitable to the lowlands, i.e., in areas like South Omo and Gambella. However, this stance is not accepted by members of the local community as well as various international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), scholars (in particular anthropologists with extensive knowledge in the concerned areas) and the Ethiopian diaspora. The argument

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