Two women in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Taking Stock: Recent & Upcoming Research

"Connecting 1,500 Women and Girls to the Export Market", in Addis Ababa, is a project that trains women and girls to develop skills in industries such as leather, weaving, basketry, embroidery, gemstones, and spinning. Two participants in the program. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 15 July 2015 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Research and Evidence Facility (REF) was established in May 2016 to conduct research relevant to the formulation and implementation of EU Trust Fund activities in the Horn of Africa. It was created to collate and produce evidence and policy relevant knowledge on themes related to the Fund’s activities. Themes to be researched include 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 in the greater Horn of Africa. This region includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The REF is being implemented by a research consortium led by SOAS University of London with Oxford University’s International Migration Institute and Sahan Research, based in Nairobi. The REF provides independent, policy- and programme-relevant research on conflict and irregular migration in the Horn of Africa. Research is carried out both by the REF core team and through collaborative arrangements with individual researchers and research institutes in the Horn of Africa.

This Research Brief provides an overview of work achieved thus far. It includes research completed and outputs currently available.

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Image source: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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