While we knew that refugee-led organisations were important actors in the refugee response ecosystem, their roles and scope of activity were poorly understood. How could we move from anecdote to evidence, to better understand the nature and scope of refugee-led responses to the needs of refugees? In response to this question, the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) and the Refugee-led Research Hub (RLRH), based in Nairobi and run by the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, launched a different kind of research project in early 2021. With support from a range of partners,  two teams of researchers who have experienced displacement or live and work in close proximity to the phenomenon of displacement were formed. Read this research insights in the article “From anecdote to evidence: researching RLOs in East Africa and the Middle East” published online in issue 83 of the Humanitarian Exchange.

This special edition of the Humanitarian Exchange, co-edited with Emily Arnold-Fernández, former CEO of Asylum Access, focuses on refugee participation and leadership in addressing forced displacement. To access the full issue click here.