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Between 9-13 May 2022, the Refugee-Led Research Hub held it's inaugural Refugee-Led Research Festival in Nairobi and online. The Festival brought together researchers, scholars, artists, and other stakeholders throughout East Africa to promote refugee leadership in forced migration research and practice. 

Armchair discussion, moderated by Ruth Nyabuto. Ruth Njiiri and Lucy Juwa Duku discuss centering refugee leadership with in their organisations.

Alex Betts encourages researchers to "always write for a particular audience" knowing who will read your research informs you how to present it maximum impact.

The five-day programme included training and workshops, panel discussions, movie screenings, socials, and more. The festival aimed to: 1) spotlight existing refugee-led research initiatives, 2) connect RLRH-affiliated learners and researchers with people who care about ethical research and academic ecosystems, 3) facilitate exchange of ideas and actions that are making a difference, and 4) strengthen commitments from participants to support refugee leadership in research and elsewhere.

Presenters included Fabian Oriri (Programme Officer at Kituo cha Sheria & Advocate of High Courts of Kenya), Ruth Njiri (Head of Partnerships at Cohere), Bahati Ghislain (Co-founder and Executive Director at Kintsugi), Rediet Abiy Kassaye (Programme Manager, Refugee Livelihoods Initiative, IKEA Foundation), Dominic Nyabuto (Scholarship and Financial Officer at Windle Trust International), Benjamin Ng'aru (Senior Officer at East African Centre for Forced Migration and Displacement) and members of the RLRH.