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Making Lives: Refugee Self-Reliance and Humanitarian Action in Cities

2 January 2018

Edited by Juliano Fiori and Andrea Rigon

This book has been produced by the Humanitarian Affairs Team (Save the Children), the Development Planning Unit (University College London), and the Jindal School of International Affairs (O.P. Jindal Global University). It contains discussion papers that do not necessarily reflect organisational policy.

This publication presents the results of a one-year research project at the intersection of urban, humanitarian and forced migration studies. As protracted displacement increasingly contributes to urban change and poses a challenge for city governance and infrastructures, this research project focuses on ‘urban-itarian’ settings – cities that are home to a growing number of ‘persons of concern’, and increased humanitarian activity. In these contexts, humanitarian organisations provide an additional layer of urban infrastructure, on top of the conventional provisions for protection, basic services, and livelihoods for persons of concern. They face growing pressure from governmental donors to provide more specialised responses to conflicts and disasters that cannot be isolated from wider urban dynamics.

The project focuses on refugee self-reliance in the city. It explores the socio-economic practices of refugees and host communities, the challenges faced by refugees in gaining access to labour markets, and the ways in which humanitarian actors, often in collaboration with city authorities, seek to promote refugee livelihoods.

The full book is available for download here:


Research team:
 

Anubhav Dutt Tiwari (Research Associate, Centre for Human Rights Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University)

Andrea Rigon (Lecturer, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit)

Camillo Boano (Professor, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit)

Cassidy Johnson (Senior Lecturer, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit)

Estella Carpi (Research Associate, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit & Humanitarian Affairs Adviser, Save the Children)

Fernando Espada (Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children)

Jessica Field (Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs O.P. Jindal Global University)

Juliano Fiori (Head of Studies, Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children)

Sophie Dicker (Research Manager, Humanitarian Affairs), Save the Children)

Yamini Mookherjee (Research Associate, Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development)

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