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IDRC to support research chairs on forced displacement

April 9, 2021
IDRC has launched a call for proposals from universities in the Middle East and East Africa to establish research chairs on forced displacement.
Two women participants converse during an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting.
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Close to 80 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced because of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, economic hardship, climate change, and prolonged instances of political instability.

Eighty percent of the world’s forcibly displaced are hosted in countries in the Global South, with 30% living in sub-Saharan Africa and 35% in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet almost all the research that influences policy and practice on forced displacement originates from Northern countries. To generate more national and local policy-relevant knowledge, IDRC will support the establishment of up to four university research chairs for up to five years: two in the Middle East and two in East Africa.

The research chair positions will:

  • empower institutions in the Middle East and East Africa to define research agendas
  • lead on practical solutions that transform unequal gender relations and promote social, economic, political, and health rights among forcibly displaced persons and their host communities
  • amplify the voices and perspectives of forcibly displaced persons and host communities in local, national, regional, and global arenas

IDRC’s Strategy 2030 aims to contribute to more inclusive, accountable, and transparent governance for people — especially women and children. Our efforts to improve governance for people who are forced to migrate, and the communities that host them, contribute to the greater use of data, evidence, and research for inclusive decision-making — a key enabler for the Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information, and to apply, please go to our call for proposals page.

The deadline for the call is August 3, 2021 (17:00 EDT).