Policy Briefs

Mobile Africa: Human Trafficking and the Digital Divide

October 2019

Editors:  Mirjam van Reisen, Munyaradzi Mawere, Kinfe Abraha Gebre-Egziabher

This document summarizes key messages of the third book from the series ‘Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa’. This book examines the impact of the introduction of new digital information and communication technology (ICT) – as well as lack of access to digital connectivity – on human trafficking.

Roaming Africa: Migration, Resilience and Social Protection – Key Messages

October 2019

Editors: Mirjam van Reisen, Munyaradzi Mawere, Mia Stokmans, Kinfe Abraha Gebre-Egziabher

This document summarizes key messages of the second book from the series ‘Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa’. The book Roaming Africa: Migration, Resilience and Social Protection considers how we understand modern-day mobility in Africa, where age-old routes strengthen the resilience of people roaming the continent for livelihoods and security, assisted by mobile communication.

 

Enhancing Effectiveness of Social Protection by Psycho-Social Support in Uganda and Ethiopia

December 2018

Authors: Prof Dr Mirjam van Reisen, Dr Mia Stockmans, Dr Primrose Nakazibwe, Selam Kidane

This policy brief investigates the effect of social protection and trauma relief on social-economic resilience of highly traumatized communities in Uganda and Ethiopia. The study found that the effect of all the support modalities for the relief of Post-Traumatic Sstress (PTS) were higher on economic resilience (income, capability and empowerment) than the effect of the social protection programme.  The conclusion is that supporting trauma relief is cost-beneficial to improve social-economic resilience.

 


Relevance of Communication in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

March 2018

Authors: Selam Kidane, Dr. Mia Stokmans (ed. Selam Kidane)

This paper argues that trauma support delivered, utilising the refugees’ own communication pathways, is key to successful integration of refugees reducing the risk of dangerous secondary migration. It shows the results of a case study regarding migration and human trafficking in the Horn of Africa.

 

 

 


Reprogramming the Mix of Interventions to Support Refugees in Host Communities

March 2018

Authors: Prof Dr Mirjam van Reisen, Dr Mia Stokmans, Selam Kidane, Kristina Melicherova, Rick Schoenmaeckers (ed. Rick Schoenmaeckers)

This research focus on Eritrean refugees who reside in the refugee camps in Ethiopia and Sudan. The issues studied are (i) the modus operandi of human traffickers along the journeys of the refugees, (ii) coping strategies and resilience of unaccompanied minors in the refugee camps, (iii) the effectiveness of a Self-Help Low-Cost Post-Traumatic Stress program (SHLCPTSP) that raises awareness among refugees and inform about the prevalence and impact of trauma, and (iv) livelihood opportunities inside refugee camps in North-Ethiopia and Sudan.

 


Digital Realities in Human Trafficking: Bringing Safety to Refugee Camps

March 2018

Authors: Prof Dr Mirjam van Reisen, Dr Mia Stokmans, Selam Kidane, Rick Schoenmaeckers (ed. Rick Schoenmaeckers)

The research focuses on the dynamics of migratory trajectories in the Horn of Africa. The issues investigated, are the modus operandi of the human traffickers along the route and other dangers and difficulties refugees encounter. Furthermore, the resilience of unaccompanied refugee minors in the refugee camps in North-Ethiopia is outlined.

 

 


Trauma and Livelihood Opportunities: Reprogramming Support in Refugee Camps

March 2018

Authors: Prof Dr Mirjam van Reisen, Dr Mia Stokmans, Selam Kidane, Rick Schoenmaeckers (ed. Rick Schoenmaeckers)

This study investigates the needs for Eritrean refugees who reside in Ethiopian refugee camps. The focus is on refugees who suffer trauma and post-traumatic stress (PTS). A Self-Help Low-Cost Post-Traumatic Stress program (SHLCPTS) is developed for these refugees and is tested on 100 camp residents. This study also looks into livelihoods of the refugees and opportunities for income generation.