Stakeholder workshop in Tanzania

In order to provide a platform for local discussion on protracted displacement in Tanzania, a stakeholder workshop was organized in Dar es Salaam on 18 and 19 November 2021 by DIGNITY Kwanza in partnership with Leiden University and BICC.

The workshop’s overall aim was to share insights into how connectivity and mobility can help to redesign (policy) solutions for protracted displacement - and to create a space for open discussion in which different stakeholders could share their experiences and views.

The workshop had three concrete objectives:

  1. Share experiences with regard to connectivity and mobility as a solution to protracted displacement in Tanzania and Ethiopia and to disseminate key findings of our study in Tanzania (see TRAFIG working paper no. 8.
  2. Test an interactive online game (the Dignity Kwanza Method) that demonstrates refugee protection in Tanzania and the role of service providers, including civil society organisations (CSOs), in responding to challenges, dilemmas and opportunities.
  3. Discuss the role and importance of local humanitarian actors in finding solutions to protracted refugee situations, the challenges they face and opportunities in light of the emphasis of the localisation of humanitarian response.

The workshop brought 26 people from different fields together in person, most of them Tanzanian. The stakeholders included representatives from the Refugee Services Department, Ministry of Home Affairs and other government departments, humanitarian actors working with urban refugees in Dar es Salaam, academics, CSO representatives, urban refugees and host community members.

The stakeholder meeting was flanked by two workshops with urban refugees to better include the voices of those concerned.

  • A feedback workshop with urban refugees was held on 16 November 2021. The purpose of this workshop was to bring the analysis of the corpus of data to the concerned refugees, with the aim of taking their feedback to the stakeholder workshop.
  • A community empowerment workshop targeted at young refugees and Tanzanians was held on 23 November 2021.

The documention of the stakeholder workshops (download as PDF) gives an overview of each of these workshops and sums up their most important findings and points of discussions among the participants.

The report has been written by: Catherina Wilson and Jochem Scheelings (Leiden University), Markus Rudolf (BICC), Gladness Muyaga, Bishara Msallam and Janemary Ruhundwa (Dignity Kwanza).


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