Principal Investigators: Stephanie J. Nawyn & Stephen Gasteyer (Michigan State University)
Humanitarian NGOs face significant challenges to limiting infection spread while assisting refugees. This study aims to assess:
Using data from on-the-ground service provision to refugees in thirteen locations in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, the overall goal is to determine what interventions could be implemented that would mitigate barriers to implementing practices that will slow the spread of COVID-19 among refugee populations.
Often the key to understanding how refugee assistance can be improved is to understand what barriers service providers face in everyday work, and what innovations they develop in response. By comparing a range of contexts, we hope to produce recommendations for sustainable best practices that come from the ground up.
The research is expected to produce recommendations for how refugee humanitarian NGOs can improve their services while also reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. It will use the interdisciplinary field of humanitarian engineering to consider how physical structures and technologies are used in everyday humanitarian practices, and how structures and technologies can be better mobilized to reduce infection risk. It may include recommendations for other stakeholders to alter their practices, such as host government agencies and donor organizations. These recommendations will be distributed through a written final report and a series of five webinars offered in English and Arabic.
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