Week 4: Wednesday 24 April 2024

This final workshop will look to possible solutions and new initiatives that may suggest ways forward in addressing/approaches to forced migration in Africa today. A key focus will be ground-up approaches to solutions that incorporate refugee voices and their agency/mobility.

Questions to be discussed

  • How could forms of ‘new’ regionalism show innovative ways of thinking about protection and solutions for displaced persons on the continent?
  • What is the role of the Regional Economic Communities and other actors in promoting solutions to displacement?
  • Do recent developments in East Africa at the national level offer a blueprint for moving away from encampment?


  • Kenya, freedom of movement, and the new Shirika Plan Dr Hanno Brankamp, Durham University
  • The role of Regional Economic Communities in promoting protection and solutions to forced migrants: Case study of The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa. Dr Abebaw Minaye (College of Education and Behavioral Studies at Addis Ababa University).
  • Burundi and Tanzania returns and cross-border trading - Theodore Mbazumutima (Rema Ministries, Burundi)
  • Refugee leadership and the meaningful participation of refugees in sustainable decision making - Jean Marie Ishimwe (East Africa Regional Lead for Refugees Seeking Equal Access at the Table (R-SEAT))


  • Dr Lucy Hovil, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London


  • Dr Catherine K. Musuva, The African Centre for Migration & Society, the University of the Witwatersrand