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Refugees, Self-Reliance, Development

A Critical History

By Evan Easton-Calabria

Published

Jun 10, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529219098

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 10, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529219081

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 10, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529219104

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Refugees, Self-Reliance, Development

Evan Easton-Calabria’s critical history of refugee self-reliance assistance brings new dimensions to refugee and international development studies.

The promotion of refugee self-reliance is evident today, yet its history remains largely unexplored, with good practices and longstanding issues often missed. Through archival and contemporary evidence, this book documents a century of little-known efforts to foster refugee self-reliance, including the economic, political, and social motives driving this assistance.

With five case studies from Greece, Tanzania, Pakistan, Uganda, and Egypt, the book tracks refugee self-reliance as a malleable concept used to pursue ulterior interests. It reshapes understandings of refugee self-reliance and delivers important messages for contemporary policymaking.

Evan Easton-Calabria is a Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Why Refugee Self-Reliance?

Chapter 2: Self-Sufficiency out of Necessity: Refugee Self-Reliance Assistance in Interwar Greece

Chapter 3: Socialism and Self-Reliance: Refugee Self-Reliance Assistance in Post-Colonial East Africa

Chapter 4: Warriors of Self-Reliance: Refugee Self-Reliance Assistance in Cold War Pakistan

Chapter 5: Dignity in Informality? Urban refugee self-reliance assistance in Kampala, Uganda

Chapter 6: Livelihoods 2.0? Refugee Self-Reliance and the Digital Gig Economy

Chapter 7: Conclusion