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This panel showcases the work of a ground-breaking comparative study of displaced people’s well-being and economies in camps and urban areas of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Kenya. Protracted Displacement in an Urban World is a three-year study led by the Human Settlements Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in partnership with the Universities of Addis Ababa and Dilla (Ethiopia), Cardiff (UK) and Maseno (Kenya), the Hashemite University of Jordan and the Afghan office of the social enterprise Samuel Hall. Civil society partners include the Kenyan federation of Shack/Slum Dwellers International, and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat in Ethiopia. The project explores the potential of urban areas to serve as dignified, productive and safe spaces for displaced people. It posits IDPs and refugees foremost as urban residents with significant contributions to make to urban economies and societies, and seeks to engage municipal and national authorities and the international community in realigning responses to protracted displacement in our increasingly urban world.
Papers will cover:
• top-level analysis from ongoing quantitative fieldwork in the four countries
• experiences of introducing refugee and IDP voices into municipal-level planning processes in Jalalabad and Nairobi
• the need to adapt research on displaced people’s wellbeing and economies to the realities of urban areas, and to develop a more grounded understanding of self-reliance for refugees and IDPs in towns and cities
• methodological innovations in comparative research between camps and urban areas.
More information on the study can be found at: www.protracteddisplacement.org
Lucy Earle (International Institute for Environment and Development)
Dr. Nassim Majidi (University of the Witwatersrand)
Prof. Alison Brown (Cardiff University)
Dr. Michael Owiso (Maseno University)
Stefanie Barratt (Samuel Hall)