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Refugee livelihoods in protracted displacement

​Refugees are rarely able to make their voices heard and their perspectives known.

At the same time, aid agencies responding to displacement crises do not sufficiently take into account what refugees need - even though there is more and more recognition that programming cannot be credible or effective unless it understands and reflects refugees’ perspectives.

Building on previous HPG work on displacement, livelihoods and vulnerability, this project explores refugees' institutional landscapes, networks and livelihood strategies - from their own perspectives.

It considers different priorities of refugees over the course of protracted displacement and offers recommendations for supporting the strategies they use to meet them, including new ways of interaction between refugees and formal and informal networks, agencies, and institutions.

To do this, the project considers the following questions:

  • What are the different priorities of refugees in the course of protracted displacement, and what strategies do they use to meet them? How do these aims and strategies change during displacement?
  • What opportunities are there to support refugees through a richer understanding of their perspectives, and the roles and perspectives of the people, networks and institutions that are important in shaping their lives in displacement?

For more information about the project, see the HPG 2015-17 Integrated Programme proposal.


Veronique Barbelet, Caitlin Wake, Eva Svoboda, Irina Mosel and Tania Cheung

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