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This week the Refugee-Led Research Hub is holding the inaugural Refugee-Led Research Festival, taking place from 9-13 May in Nairobi and online. The Festival brings together researchers, scholars, artists, and other stakeholders throughout East Africa to promote refugee leadership in forced migration research and practice. 

The five-day programme includes training and workshops, panel discussions, movie screenings, socials, and more. The festival aims 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.

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.

Sessions will take place at RLRH’s Nairobi offices on Laikipia Road (on the premises of the British Institute in Eastern Africa).

All times listed are in EAT. If you plan to attend, whether in person or online, please register: Remote participation is possible for hybrid sessions - via Zoom:

The RLRH team will be live tweeting the event from @RLRH_Oxford and will use the hashtag #refugeeledresearch

Presenters include 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.