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Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda (RYVU)

Forced displacement is a significant global challenge affecting millions of people worldwide. Today, Uganda hosts around 1.5 million refugees, the majority of which are children and young people. The uncertainty facing these young people mean there is not always access to education and they may miss opportunities for them to develop their skills to build sustainable lives.

The RYVU project explores the kinds of voluntary labour practiced by young refugees and investigates if and how, through volunteering, they are able to gain employable skills. The project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council/Global Challenges Research Fund and led by Professor Matt Baillie Smith in collaboration with academics at Loughborough University (UK), Uganda Martyrs University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), and with local NGOs and youth refugees themselves.

You can find out more about the project, the team and access publications, blog posts, videos and more by visiting our dedicated project website.

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