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Supporting the Development of Localised Approaches in Rakhine State

Supporting the Development of Localised Approaches in Rakhine State

Danish Refugee Council, Myanmar

 

Rakhine state is a challenging cotext for civil society, and in particular for local actors; the Rakhine are a marginalised group within Myanmar, the Rohingya are both a religious and an ethnic minority, and exisiting civil society consists of very small local actors, often with strong community ties but limited understading of principles of assistance. The project, conducted in the aftermath of the coup, included a review of the ethical issues associated with localisation as well as the proposal of a new approach to engaging with local actors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of Return Migrant Reintegration in Ethiopia

Analysis of Return Migrant Reintegration in Ethiopia

NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL, ETHIOPIA

Meraki Labs was commissioned to conduct primary research to support the Norwegian Refugee Council to analyse the gap in the governmental, private sectors and humanitarian response to return migrant needs in Ethiopia. This included a review of policy frameworks, existing literature on root causes of migration and existing programming, as well as a stakeholder analysis at different levels.

In additional to a literature review and a legal and policy analysis, Meraki Labs conducted 104 interviews with returnees, families of returnees, and government officials in Oromia, Amhara, and Addis Ababa Regions of Ethiopia as well as 20 additional interviews with migrants in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Djibouti. The findings report was aimed at providing detailed and realistic recommendations for protection, livelihoods, and education programming.

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.

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.

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.

Protection Risks and Human Smuggling on the Eastern Migration Route

Protection Risks and Human Smuggling on the Eastern Migration Route

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION, YEMEN

Close to 150,000 migrants move from the Horn of Africa through Yemen to Gulf countries. Many migrants on this route face life threatening protection risks ranging from starvation to abduction by smugglers. However the ongoing civil war in Yemen has left limited space for humanitarian agencies to meet the needs of migrants given the scale of the humanitarian crisis within Yemeni communities.

Meraki Labs conducted research intended to support IOM in identifying major protection risks facing migrants, as well as coping mechanisms that migrants have adopted over time. Meraki Labs provided programming recommendations that account for the fragility of the context and the vulnerability of the target population.

Evaluation of ECHO Funded Multisectoral Project

Evaluation of ECHO Funded Multisectoral Project

by Administrator

DANISH REFUGEE COUNCIL, IRAQ

DRC Iraq provided multi-sectoral support in camp management, protection, shelter, WASH and livelihoods, across eleven governorates in Iraq, with support from ECHO.

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.

Iran Country Protection Strategy

Iran Country Protection Strategy

RELIEF INTERNATIONAL, IRAN

Iran currently hosts over 1 million registered Afghan refugees, and up to 2 million unregistered Afghans. The Government of Iran has made significant advances in providing education and health care to refugee populations, but most are still subject to stigma, discrimination, and protection risks.

Meraki Labs supported Relief International in identifying key protection issues and developing priorities for programming, ultimately resulting in a revised Country Protection Strategy. Meraki Labs worked closely with Relief International to support capacity of staff to implement the strategy, including training and engagement with protection and complimentary sector staff.