What is Fresh FINDings?

Fresh FINDings is a newsletter that brings you early insights from the ongoing research with refugees in Jordan and Kenya, exploring their financial and economic lives. The newsletter also highlights policy initiatives related to the financial inclusion of refugees and migrants more broadly, as well as news from pilot programs aiming to improve the financial lives of this population.

Fresh FINDings is an output of Finance in Displacement (FIND), a project to understand and strengthen the financial lives of refugees and migrants in Jordan, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and Ethiopia. The project seeks to understand how refugees and migrants manage their financial and economic lives in the context of protracted displacement, their financial challenges, and strategies or resources they can use to overcome the same.

In Jordan and Kenya, the project is facilitated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in partnership with Catholic University (KU) Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, The Fletcher School of Tufts University, and International Rescue Committee (IRC).

In Jordan we have completed two rounds of intensive interviews with 89 respondents, including 44 Syrians and 45 non-Syrian refugees. We are in process of conducting the third round of interviews.

In Nairobi, Kenya, we also completed two rounds of interviews, with 75 urban refugees from South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, DRC, and Burundi. Round three is currently underway. While the data collection and analysis is still ongoing, we would like to begin conversations around the findings in these two focus countries.

The studies in Uganda, Mexico, and Ethiopia were conducted in 2019. This research was funded by the Open Society Foundations in partnership with The Fletcher School of Tufts University and IRC. Additionally, pilot programs based on the research findings are ongoing in Uganda. For more information on the findings of these earlier studies, please visit the Journeys Project.

Why subscribe?

It is critical to our approach that we engage with key stakeholders and service providers, in Jordan, Kenya, and globally, in making sense of the implications of these insights for their own work. Fresh FINDings is meant to open that communication channel.

Every month, we will bring you some interesting and important stories that we heard in the field from our respondents. Some of these stories you might already know, but hopefully we can elucidate a different perspective. Coming from a practitioner background ourselves, we understand how sometimes even the simplest and obvious are overlooked, as we are so engaged in day to day implementation. Hopefully, we can help you step out and look at the lives of the refugees from a different perspective.

What we hope to receive from you?

We are hoping for Fresh FINDings to be a conversation starter. So please write back with your questions, suggestions, or critique.

You can leave a comment in the article or send us an email at Swati.Dhawan@ku.de or Julie.Zollmann@tufts.edu

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