Innovation through refugee children’s participation

Thinking creatively about child protection in a protracted refugee camp context

Anna Skeels Anna Skeels (pictured right), a Geography PhD student at Swansea University, is currently undertaking fieldwork in Uganda with the support of a £7,000 Humanitarian Innovation Fund grant.

The project is led by the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR) in partnership with the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Save the Children and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ).

This project aims to work with refugee children as innovators in a protracted refugee settlement in Uganda (Kyaka II) to explore what might constitute a more child-friendly, child specific and participatory refugee protection process for children. 

This will be done through participatory workshops with groups of refugee children aged 6-10 and 11-16, to map out their broad perspectives, as well as focus in on specific points (arrival, registration, best interest determination) and aspects (environment, child/adult interaction, information) of the refugee protection process.

Kay1 Observation of protection interviews with refugee children and interviews with humanitarian practitioners will feed into the innovation process. 

Anna is updating a blog during her fieldwork, which can be found at, and for more information about Anna’s project visit