Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian Innovation that Starts with Communities

Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian Innovation that Starts with Communities
Refugee Studies Centre (RSC); University of Oxford.
17 July 2015 :: 52 pages
Alexander Betts, Director Refugee Studies Centre and Humanitarian Innovation Project;
Louise Bloom, Research Officer, Humanitarian Innovation Project; Nina Weaver, Research Coordinator, Humanitarian Innovation Project

About the report
Even under the most challenging constraints, people find ways to engage in creative problem-solving. Refugees, displaced persons, and others caught in crisis often have skills, talents, and aspirations that they draw upon to adapt to difficult circumstances.

On July 17th, we launched the report “Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian Innovation that Starts with Communities” which focuses on examples and case studies of ‘bottom-up innovation’ among different refugee populations. This report takes you on a journey – from Jordan to South Africa to Uganda to Kenya to the United States. We look at a range of refugee situations, drawing upon examples from different stages of the ‘refugee cycle’: recent mass influx, protracted situations, and resettled refugee populations.

Understanding the processes of refugee innovation and the constraints and opportunities experienced in ‘bottom-up’ problem-solving also has far-reaching implications for humanitarian practice.