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Uwezo Ramazani is a researcher based in Tanzania with lived experience of displacement. Earlier, he was Tanzania Lead Researcher for a study of refugee-led organizations in East Africa on behalf of the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) at Carleton University and the Refugee-Led Research Hub (RLRH) at the University of Oxford. Previously, he worked with Resilience Action International (RAI), a refugee-led organization operating mainly in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, most recently as Interim Executive Director.
Mr. Ramazani was awarded two DAFI (Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative) scholarships and the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship Scheme for people with physical disabilities, sponsored by the African Union. He holds an MA in governance and leadership from the Open University of Tanzania as well as an MA in public administration from Mzumbe University, Tanzania.
One promising—but often underutilized—element of addressing the world’s urgent humanitarian protection needs is meaningfully engaging refugees in policymaking processes. As this report highlights, consultations, advisory roles, and leadership and staff positions can help ensure refugees’ knowledge and expertise are reflected in policy responses to displacement. The study also examines common limitations and ways to make engagement more impactful.