International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The city is the new refugee camp

"The word ‘refugee’ brings to mind rows of white tents spread over remote and dusty plains – today has made me think differently. I am in Nairobi, home to tens of thousands of refugees trying to survive and build a new life in Kenya’s sprawling capital. Eastleigh, a neighborhood on the east side of the city, is home to an estimated 120,000 refugees. The majority are Somalis who have fled conflict and drought in their own country. Rather than head for refugee camps, increasingly they seek the anonymity and opportunities for self-reliance offered by the city. They are not alone in this choice – according to the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee body, more than half of the world’s refugees now live in urban settings."

Read the full post from International Rescue Committee UK's Euan Robinson:
Urbanization - the refugee game-changer
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I am interested in studying

I am interested in studying micro-finance services among urban refugee women in developing countries especially African as part of livelihood strategies. What has been the contribution of IRC towards women empowerment and self-reliance among urban refugees?