PROJECTStrengthening Local Government Responses to Displacement in Africa

The Urban Institute is implementing a one-year research project under the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Migration an Refugees to better understand the incentives and constraints faced by local governments in providing and coordinating services for urban refugees. The project builds on existing knowledge of displaced populations in three African urban centers to identify mechanisms for promoting more effective local government humanitarian responses, while minimizing the need for unsustainable parallel service delivery mechanisms.

Our research focuses on adapting and piloting an assessment tool for both municipal officials and humanitarian organizations as they seek to serve displaced population coming to and living around Africa’s urban centers. Our goal is to develop a practical assessment tool and policy narrative that informs urban and humanitarian agency leaders about shared priorities, opportunities to work together, and gaps in service provision. Our methodology brings together the Urban Institute’s expertise on local government with previous research on responses to migration and displacement in Southern Africa.


US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

Period of Performance

September 2014 - August 2015


Research Areas International development