Ruta Nimkar

Developing innovative participatory research methodologies for youth on the move

Developing innovative participatory research methodologies for youth on the move

UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, GLOBAL

Youth are a challenging demographic for humanitarian and development agencies to reach. Innovation and technology offer new possibilities for engaging with youth, but the effectiveness of these mechanisms has yet to be demonstrated due to the challenges with population transience and the fragile contexts where projects are implemented.

Meraki Labs is working with the University of Geneva and InZone to develop a participatory methodology for youth engaging in projects to evaluate their effectiveness. The project aims to develop a toolkit that is appropriate for a variety of contexts, to enable comparison and broader learning.

Protection of Children on the Move along the Southern Migration Route

Protection of Children on the Move along the Southern Migration Route

DESTINATION UNKNOWN, AFRICA (HORN OF AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA)

Little is known about childen and youth on the move in Africa. Girls and boys are typically included as small portions of larger reports on migration and, due to poor data and access, are often get few opportunities to express their own realities, motivations, and aspirations as it relates to their migration journey. Protection of children and youth continues to be a major concern, particularly in light of the known risks of detention, abuse, and trafficking not to mention gaps in education and civil documentation.

Meraki Labs is leading a multi-country study that seeks to better understand the specific experiences, motivations and aspiration as well as protection risks and protective capacities of children following the Southern Migration Route, from the Horn and East Africa to Southern Africa.

Baseline Assessment for Gender Transformative Programming in North East Nigeria

Baseline Assessment for Gender Transformative Programming in North East Nigeria

PLAN INTERNATIONAL, NIGERIA

Plan International, with funding from the Government of Canada, aims to implement a gender transformative project in North East Nigeria. In order to ensure effectiveness, a baseline survey is necessary both to set indicator values and to understand community dynamics that affect gender.

Meraki Labs is developing and rolling out a quantitative and qualitative analysis of factors affecting school enrolment, and qualitative relationships and ties that affect girls’ enrolment and retention in schools.

Development of Global Strategy and Implementation Plan for Innovative Programming Targeting Youth

Development of Global Strategy and Implementation Plan for Innovative Programming Targeting Youth

TERRE DES HOMME, GLOBAL

FabLabs, or digital fabrication laboratories, are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication. They also enable engagement and empowerment for youth in challenging circumstances.

Meraki Labs is supporting Terre des Hommes to utilise FabLabs in humanitarian, migration and development settings, and develop use cases focusing on youth empowerment and engagement.

Mixed Migration Monitoring and Evaluation System

Mixed Migration Monitoring and Evaluation System

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION, YEMEN

Three organizations work on mixed migration in Yemen, and they work in the form of a consortium. However, information collection systems were fragmented and data was not systematically analysed.

Meraki Labs supported the consortium members to develop and roll out one consistent database. Meraki also provided monthly analysis of the data, semi-annual trend analysis and periodic thematic reports on aspects such as gender and smugglers.

Determining the ‘tipping points’ for Would-be Migrant Decision-making in Ethiopia

Determining the ‘tipping points’ for Would-be Migrant Decision-making in Ethiopia

MIXED MIGRATION CENTRE, ETHIOPIA

The Ethiopia Migration Programme (EMP) is a GBP 21 million programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID), aiming to enhance the protective environment for migrants and would-be migrants whilst reducing unsafe irregular migration through and from Ethiopia.


Meraki Labs designed and produced a research report based on large scale quantitative surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews with Ethiopian, Somali, and Eritrean young people considering (re)migration. The study questionned the existence of ‘tipping points’ in migration decision making processes, including if and the extent to which commonly understood ‘migration drivers’ function in communities.

Recommendations to the UN Humanitarian Country Team – Cash and Humanitarian Response

Recommendations to the UN Humanitarian Country Team – Cash and Humanitarian Response

CASH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP, YEMEN

Cash transfers in Yemen, delivered through humanitarian actors and social protection systems, offer great opportunities for beneficiary impact and alignment with donor priorities – but this potential is not fully utilized due to fragmentation within the system. Fragmentation may affect the degree to which cash programs in Yemen can be scaled up.


Meraki Labs, on behalf of the Cash and Learning Partnership, conducted independent research into the barriers and opportunities to harmonise humanitarian and social protection cash programs. The end result is a paper which presents options to the HCT and donors.

Recommendation to UN Humanitarian Country Team – Social Protection Integration

Recommendation to UN Humanitarian Country Team – Social Protection Integration

CASH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP, IRAQ

In Iraq, state social protection programmes are a critical component of household income. For the last seven years, communities have also benefited from ongoing humanitarian cash-based support to meet emergency needs. As the humanitarian response to the ISIL crisis winds down, several initiatives for linking humanitarian and social protection systems have been initiated, but none have been sustained or gained sufficient buy in from all stakeholders. The Covid-19 crisis has added a layer of urgency in finding a solution to poverty-focused cash-based social protection initiatives in Iraq.

Meraki Labs supported humanitarian, development, and government actors in understanding the extent to which humanitarian cash assistance and government-led social protection programmes overlap in Iraq, to determine a way forward to support vulnerable households in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, while considering the importance of ongoing recovery from conflict.

Evaluation of Refugee and Host Community Protection Programming in Cox Bazaar

Evaluation of Refugee and Host Community Protection Programming in Cox Bazaar

DANISH REFUGEE COUNCIL, BANGLADESH

With funding from ECHO, DRC worked to support general protection, protection specifically related to gender-based violence, advocacy and coordination in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Both host community and refugee camps were targeted, with a range of community based programming activities.

Meraki Labs conducted an end-line evaluation including conducting key informant interviews with staff and stakeholders as well as focus group discussions with beneficiaries. The project was evaluated along OECD criteria, and the team was supported in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and learning from the evaluation.

Design and Implementation of Innovative Program to Support Migrant Digital Literacy

Design and Implementation of Innovative Program to Support Migrant Digital Literacy

TERRE DES HOMME, DJIBOUTI

Approximately 70,000 migrants pass through Djibouti on the road from the Horn of Africa to Gulf countries. Most are youth; many have limited education and limited opportunities to engage with their local communities.

Meraki Labs supported Terre des Hommes and IOM in establishing a digital fabrication laboratory in Djiboutiville, ensuring that young migrants engaged with the lab, and ensuring that young migrants gained digital skills through the intervention.