The Politics and Process of Refugee Leadership: A Comparative Analysis of Factors Conditioning Refugee Leadership in Global South

This 18-month comparative study on the politics and process of refugee leadership in the global South, with a specific focus on South America and East Africa is generously supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

This research is a collaboration between R-SEAT (Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table) and LERRN (the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network), with the active cooperation of the RLRH (Refugee-led Research Hub) in East Africa and CAPRS (the Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies) in the Asia Pacific region. The project builds on LERRN’s recent work with its partners on the impact of refugee-led organizations in East Africa and the Middle East, and seeks to inform research, policy and practice on the conditions that enable or constrain refugees from demonstrating leadership in navigating local, national and regional power structures to influence the development and implementation of policy and programmes intended to affect the daily lives of refugees.

This 18-month project will emphasize the active and equal participation of researchers with lived experience of displacement in developing the research methodology, conducting research, producing knowledge, and mobilizing knowledge to influence research, policy and practice.

Evaluation of Refugee-Led Organisations in East Africa and the Middle East

LERRN, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, and the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS), are working together on a study funded by a consortium of donors including the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Open Society Foundations (OSF), Robert Bosch Stiftung and others. This innovative, fully participatory research is led by researchers with lived experience of forced displacement and aims to understand the factors that influence the impact of refugee-led organisations (RLOs) as service-delivery providers in humanitarian settings in East Africa and the Middle East.