Affecting change from within: Refugees in international humanitarian organisations
This seminar will be held online, via Zoom
Public Seminar Series, Trinity term 2020

#ByRefugees: Strengthening refugee-led humanitarian response during the Covid-19 pandemic

This seminar series focuses on refugee-led assistance and protection in the context of Covid-19. It features panels of individuals whose work is shaping how we understand and support refugee-led responses during crisis. Their accomplishments – whether as practitioners, policy influencers, funders, or community responders – challenge conventional top-down approaches to humanitarian assistance. These approaches are increasingly important in the current context, in which traditional humanitarian capacity has been stretched and forced to adapt. Refugee-led organisations are on the frontline of the response, in both refugee camps and cities.

The series will explore how refugees are responding to the current crisis, reflect on how they can be supported by external actors, and consider the prospects for creating lasting forms of participatory humanitarian governance. The majority of panelists are refugees.

All seminars will take place over Zoom and will allow time for Q&A sessions with the panelists. The series will also be live-streamed on YouTube and recorded.

Series Conveners: Alexander Betts and Andonis Marden (Refugee Studies Centre) and Shaza Al Rihawi, Anila Noor, Najeeba Wazefadost and Mustafa Alio (Global Refugee-Led Network)

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Please note, all times listed are in BST (British Summer Time)

Affecting change from within: Refugees in international humanitarian organisations

Joelle Hangi – Intern, Innovation Service, UNHCR Regional Bureau in the East, Horn, and Great Lakes Regions of Africa (Nairobi)

Bahati Ernestine Hategekimana – Youth Activities Coordinator, Community Based Protection Unit, UNHCR Kenya Country Office (Nairobi)

Foni Joyce – Co-Chair, UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council (Nairobi)
Date: 17 June 2020, 17:00 (Wednesday, 8th week, Trinity 2020)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speakers: Joelle Hangi, Bahati Ernestine Hategekimana, Foni Joyce
Organising department: Refugee Studies Centre
Part of: Refugee Studies Centre Public Seminar Series
Booking required?: Required
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Audience: Public
Editors: Tamsin Kelk, Eliya Beachy