The economic inclusion exchange on displacement is an exchange forum for members of regional INGOs, UN agencies, IFIs, CSOs, research institutes across the humanitarian-development nexus in Eastern Africa. It stimulates discussions, research, and sharing of best practices related to the livelihoods and economic inclusion of refugee, returnees, other persons in displacement and their host communities. It is an open platform for discussion of partners advocating, researching, investing and realizing projects that strengthen self-reliance and resilience, reduce the need of assistance, contribute to economies, increase protection and enhance durable solutions. “Economic Inclusion means enabling refugees to provide for themselves and be net contributors to economic development as consumers, workers and entrepreneurs. It is one of the most important keys to enhancing protection and unlocking solutions for refugees” (Filippo Grandi, United Nations Hugh Commissioner for Refugees)
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Kenya creating an urgent need for timely data and evidence to help monitoring and mitigating the impact of the crisis. The World Bank (WB) is carrying out phone surveys with households and firms to provide an evidence base for policy makers in Kenya to craft both public health and economic responses to the crisis.