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Refugees in cities: grassroots researchers shed light on basic needs

Anna Walnycki

IIED Briefing, 4 pages

Uganda has a progressive national refugee policy that grants freedom of movement, the right to work and rights to basic services, enabling refugees to pursue livelihoods in cities and beyond traditional camps. However, in reality many urban refugees face challenges in accessing basic services, which deserve further attention. IIED is working with grassroots refugee organisation, Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) to train refugees to gather data on the experience of displaced communities in Kampala. This unique approach provides in-depth understanding of the everyday lives of refugees in the city, and of how their needs differ and overlap with the host populations’. The data makes a valuable contribution to debates around urban refugees, the role grassroots actors could play in more inclusive planning processes and how to deliver equitable access to basic services for all.

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The British Academy’s Cities and Infrastructure programme funded IIED to work with partners in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya to undertake research on access to healthcare and other basic services for urban refugees.

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