Bior Ajak
BA Economics and International Development Studies
BLUE Fellow
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Fall
2020
Developing a proposal for refugee management in Kenya: a push for permanent settlement areas
BLUE Fellow
Fall
2020

Background

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development Studies from McGill in 2019. I am passionate about economics and the provision of financial services; community engage and socio-economic empowerment.

My project is developing a proposal for refugee settlement and management in Kenya. The project focuses on four key pillars:

1. Investment in tertiary education programs, removing financial barriers for refugee students.

2. Development of a corporate framework to ensure employment opportunities for qualified refugee graduates in the private sector.

3. Recognition, Promotion and Development of refugees' businesses, skills and talents through corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs.

4. Development of social amenities, modern housing and schools in refugee camps, creating a sense of home and permanence.

Given that the Kenyan government has a strict encampment policy for refugees in their designated areas, this project pushes for the recognition of refugee camps as permanent settlement areas. Therefore, the social and economic policies implemented in the refugee camp should reflect the notion of permanence and property rights, as opposed to the idea that refugee camps are temporary shelters.

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