LERRN-IDRC Webinar | Localized Forced Displacement Research: Lessons from East Africa and the Middle East

The sixth webinar in the LERRN–IDRC Webinar Series on Forced Displacement focuses on localized knowledge ecosystems. The webinar will showcase phase one results of the IDRC- LERRN project on Localized Knowledge Ecosystem in East Africa and the Middle East. Drawing on findings from Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa and Lebanon and Jordan in the Middle East, the webinar will shed light on how localized knowledge ecosystems consisting of diverse actors and networks collaborate to produce, translate, and mobilize knowledge to influence forced displacement policy and practice. It will consider the impact these ecosystems have had in shaping protection and assistance for refugees in camps and urban contexts.

In the context of forced migration, localized knowledge ecosystems include actors with lived experience, research actors, practitioners who produce and use knowledge on forced migration (including, but not limited to, NGOs/INGOs, research centers, institutes, networks and universities and academics) who coordinate with each other to advance new knowledge production within this system and translate and mobilize this knowledge to influence policy, practice, action and discourse/narrative to advance the well-being of refugees.


  • Dulo Nyaoro, Senior Lecturer/Researcher, Moi University
  • Kiya Gezahegne, Lecturer, Addis Ababa University
  • Linda Oucho, Executive Director, African Migration Development Policy Centre, Nairobi
  • Nasser Yassin, Professor of Policy and Planning at the American University of Beirut
  • Zein Soufan, Social-Economic Development Specialist, Jordan