MPC Seminar with Linda Oucho and Annick-Laure Tchuendem

DATE
16-10-2019
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TIME
from: 11:00
to: 12:30
LOCATION
Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca, EUI, Florence
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As part of its seminar series, the Migration Policy Centre will host the following presentations:

“Understanding Migration and Influencing Policy – Experiences from the African Migration and Development Policy Centre, AMADPOC” – presentation by Linda Oucho, Director of Research and Data Hub at the AMADPOC, Kenya

Dr Oucho is an established migration expert leading the African Migration and Development Policy Centre, a research think tank based in Nairobi Kenya. AMADPOC conducts policy-based research on migration and development issues in Eastern Africa and beyond. As the Executive Director at AMADPOC, Dr. Oucho holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick, where she specialized in international migration of African Women. She has expanded her research focus to include internal regional migration patterns within the Horn of and Eastern Africa including projects related to poverty, climate change and more recently youth, employment and migration. She currently advises the Government of Kenya on key migration matters to be mainstreamed into policy through the National Coordination Mechanism for Migration (NCM). Dr. Oucho continues to advocate for the use of research to inform decision-making, policy design and implementation especially with concerns to migration with a focus on decentralized mainstreaming of migration as well as implementation of policy.

“Application of new response frameworks to refugee crises: case study of refugee settlements in Zambia” – presentation by Annick-Laure Tchuendem, Policy Fellow, School of Transnational Governance

The international community has undertaken to transform its response to forced displacement. This commitment emerges in the face of an unprecedented scale of forced displacement of persons combined to existing protracted crisis, and the diminished level of responsibility sharing. The Grand Bargain, the New York Declaration for Migrants and Refugees, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) all aim at reshaping the humanitarian global system by outlining the importance of elevating local responses to displacement, and in particular, the need to better define cooperation to share the responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees, stronger linkages between humanitarian aid and development investment, more predictable funding and durable solutions. The case study underway proposes to document, through desk review and in-depth interviews, the local application of these international frameworks by describing how they shape the refugee response of the Government of the Republic Zambia (GRZ) in both Mantapala and Meheba refugee settlements. The case study intends to capture the lessons arising from the contextualisation of the Grand Bargain, the CRRF and the GCR in Zambia to generate knowledge that will inform future responses and actionable next steps. In this talk, I will describe my research-in-progress to elicit useful early-stage feedback, share ideas and foster discussions and collaborations with peers.

Livestream will be available on the MPC facebook page