About us

Who we are:
Supported by the EU Trust Fund, the Research and Evidence Facility (REF) on migration in the Horn Of Africa is a research consortium led by SOAS University of London with partners the University of Manchester and Sahan Research, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The REF was created to conduct research relating to migration and displacement dynamics, drivers, and implications in the greater Horn of Africa Region (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda).

Our research:
Our research thus far has considered 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, finance of trafficking and smuggling, challenges of return, internal displacement, and opportunities for strengthening resilience.

Our research examines the contexts within which migration- and displacement-related support programmes are being implemented within the Horn to provide concrete recommendations to policymakers and practitioners.

Ways of working:
We work closely with researchers from regional universities and research institutions, and with independent consultants. In our first two years since we were established, we worked with more than 50 researchers from our partner countries. We also collaborate closely with governments, civil society, and development actors working in the region.