Understanding pathways to urban settlement: Developing networks and research agendas on urban forced displacement

Events, Seminar
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Join our event on 22 January to discuss and develop more sustainable, inclusive responses to urban humanitarian crises.

A street in Beirut. More than one million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon. The country is tiny, with fewer than five million citizens. The UNHCR estimates that Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, is hosting approximately 280,000 Syrian refugees (Photo: Samer Saliba)

Although an estimated 60% of refugees and asylum-seekers live in cities rather than camps, the barriers to accessing healthcare, shelter, basic services and issues of collective organisation and political recognition are poorly understood.

IIED is hosting a panel discussion on 22 January 2019 to identify new approaches to understanding and responding to the urban refugee experience, examining the role that refugees’ own organisations can play in informing pro-poor policy, and the incentives and conditions needed to support municipal authorities, planners and service providers to foster welcoming and inclusive cities.

The panel will include Robert Hakiza - a Congolese refugee who leads YARID in Kampala. YARID’s work shines a light on the experiences of a growing number of refugees living in urban centres, but there is a need for additional action-orientated policy research to respond to this challenge. Robert’s presentation will include analysis on the health vulnerabilities, health-seeking practices, barriers to care, and access to water, sanitation, and other vital infrastructure for urban refugees in Kampala. He will be joined for a panel discussion by Samer Saliba, Urban Advisor for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), who has recently undertaken research on 23 cities around the world that are finding new solutions to urban displacement.  The panel will be moderated by Lucy Earle, IIED Principal Researcher, who led DFID’s Urban Crises Programme from 2014-2017.

The panel discussion will be followed by questions and answers with the audience, and an opportunity for networking with refreshments.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 22 January 2019

Time: 5.30pm arrival for a 6pm start

Venue: IIED, 80-86 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH

How to attend: Register via Eventbrite


Alexandra Norodom (alexandra.norodom@iied.org), Senior coordinator in IIED's Human Settlements research group