Center for Refugee Studies, Moi University, Kenya
The Centre for Refugee Studies is a program of the Department of Government and Public Administration in the School of Social, Cultural and Development Studies at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya.
It began its activities in 1992 with a weeklong course for government officials and NGOs on “Refugee Rights and Law.” Its overall objectives are to establish CRS as a center of excellence in the study of forced migration and to create an environment in which people understand the root causes of refugee flows and which encourages them to be part of seeking solutions.
The Centre offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and organizes public events designed to promote awareness of issues of displacement. It works to promote multidisciplinary approaches to refugee issues with a view to improving our understanding of the causes and consequences of forced population movement. CRS networks with NGO and agencies to improve refugee protection and seeks to develop strategies for successful integration of refugees. It also seeks to evaluate existing refugee programs and to explore the possibilities for more development-oriented programs.
CRS is also a center of research on forced migration in the region. It has grouped its research activities around the following themes:
- History of Population Displacement in the Great Lakes Region
- Refugee Policy and Legal Regime
- The Humanitarian Regime, Assistance and Protection of Refugees
- Economy and Livelihood of Refugees and IDPs
- Culture of the Refugee Family: Behavioral Characteristics of Displaced Persons
- Education of Refugees and Displaced Persons
- Refugee Healthcare and Welfare
- Conflict and Security Issues in Human Displacement
- Gender Issues in Forced Migration
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(Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2003)The devastation brought by the worldwide trafficking and proliferation of small arms and light weapons--man-portable weapons like assault rifles, mortars, and grenades--has overtaken land mines as the major problem facing ...
(Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2009)The most pronounced characteristics of Kenya's governance since independence in 1963 are ethnicity, ethnic conflict and the politics of patronage and clientelism. Today, Kenya is more ethnically divided than it has ever ...
Humanitarian Intervention and State Sovereignty in Africa: The Changing Paradigms in International Law (Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2003)During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, gross violations of human rights were committed against civilians, many of whom were tortured before being murdered using crude weapons like machetes and nail-studded clubs. Despite the ...
(Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2004)While Kenya hosts more that 200,000 asylum seekers the country still lacks comprehensive domestic legislation that would otherwise guarantee the rights promised to asylum seekers by international refugee law treaties. Kenya ...
The Economics of Displacement: A Study of the Changing Gender Roles, Relations and it's Impact on the Livelihood and Empowerment of Women Refugees in Kenyan Camps (Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2004)The phenomenon of the world's refugees and internally displaced persons is among the most complicated issues facing the international community today. The situation in Africa is particularly grave. Despite some positive ...
(Moi University. Center for Refugee Studies; Moi University Press, 2002)Within the context of historical and political economy, this paper examines the link between environmental stress and the contemporary problems of ethnic violence and forced migrations, specifically internal displacement ...