(Loan) cycles of innovation: researching refugee-run micro-finance
Source: Humanitarian Practice Network (Robert Hakiza and Evan Easton-Calabria)
Description: As a research project directed by a refugee-run organisation and involving refugee communities themselves, we view this report as an important bottom-up contribution to both research and practice involving refugees. In order to increase the access and effectiveness of micro-finance programmes for refugees, it is vital to gain a sound evidence base on refugee- run micro-savings and lending groups, and how they could be built upon and linked to MFIs. This research is valuable for urban refugee micro-finance in Kampala, but is also relevant to other urban contexts where refugees have the right to work, such as South Africa or Turkey, where Syrian refugees are granted temporary work permits.