A round-up of the latest news and research from REF.
The REF and Botho Emerging Markets are pleased to released the report: Mapping the refugee journey towards employment and entrepreneurship – Obstacles and opportunities for private sector engagement in Kenya’s refugee hosting areas. The study examines the steps refugees must take to gain employment or become entrepreneurs in Kenya, as well as the challenges and opportunities for private sector firms to employ refugees or act as catalysts for entrepreneurship. The
Forced to Take the Road Less Travelled: Lessons From Research on Refugees’ Economic Opportunities in Kenya
When people are reflecting on watershed moments in their lives that ultimately made them who they are today, you often find the poem by Robert Frost: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. The choice to take the road less traveled is often exalted but for many young people coming from displacement-affected settings, taking the road less
This research brief presents a summary of a research study exploring the current pathways to employment and entrepreneurship for refugees in Kenya, and the actual and potential role of the private sector in creating economic opportunities in Kenya’s refugee hosting areas.
REF’s latest paper investigates the impact of formal border crossings on the lives and livelihoods of borderland communities.
What is the role of risk in determining how people move? New research shows how the extreme danger of kidnapping and extortion by traffickers opens up a narrow window of opportunity for some young Somalis to find a way to reach Europe.
This webinar explored efforts by governmental and non-governmental organizations to expand economic and employment opportunities in the Horn of Africa and the influence of these initiatives on mobility dynamics, especially among young people.
The results of our survey to better understand how REF products and activities are being received and used by the network.
From February 22-24, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened a scientific conference on Human Mobility in the context of COVID-19 in Addis Ababa. The conference examined the immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19 on migration and displacement in and around the IGAD region.
REF Research Team Leader, Lavender Mbyoa reflects on how her life and work has changed an adapted as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.