Reimagining refugee camps

Transforming livelihoods in Dollo Ado

Listen, learn and engage with Oxford University experts and speakers on how IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have transformed refugee and host community self-reliance through an innovative livelihoods programme in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia.

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Thursday, 25 March at 3:00pm CET (10:00am EDT)

Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International
Affairs, Oxford University
Raphael Bradenbrink, Doctoral Researcher, Oxford University
Abdurahim, Research Assistant and Refugee from Dollo Ado
Annemieke de Jong, Head of Portfolio Refugee Livelihoods, IKEA
Anna Gaunt, Senior Livelihoods & Economic Inclusion Officer, UNHCR

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and William Golding Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, at the University of Oxford.

He served as Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses mainly on refugee assistance, with a focus on Africa.

He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, was named by Foreign Policy magazine in the top 100 global thinkers of 2016, and his TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people. He has previously worked for UNHCR and has served as a Councilor on the World Refugee Council. 

He currently leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme. 

photo (c) John Cairns

Anna Gaunt is Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer at UNHCR Regional Bureau for East, the Horn and the Great Lakes since January 2020.

As part of her role, as Senior Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Officer, Anna re-established the Economic Inclusion Exchange East Africa and co-chairs the working group. The forum includes members of regional INGOs, UN agencies, IFIs, CSOs, and research institutes and stimulates discussions, research, and sharing of best practices related to the livelihoods and economic inclusion of people forced to flee and their host communities. It is an open platform for partners to discuss 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.

Anna has more than 18 years of experience working with the implementation of international donor-funded humanitarian and development programmes focusing on the economic inclusion of vulnerable populations in the Middle East and Africa.

Raphael Bradenbrink

Raphael is a photographer, filmmaker, and doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford working at the intersection of humanitarian aid and development. He joined the Refugee Studies Centre in 2018 and has since undertaken extensive fieldwork-based research in Dollo Ado. He recently co-authored  ‘Refugee Economies in Dollo Ado: Building Sustainable Economies in a Remote Region of Ethiopia’ (2019, Oxford: RSC) and ‘Building Refugee Economies: An evaluation of the IKEA Foundation’s programmes in Dollo Ado’ (2020, Oxford: RSC). In collaboration with UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation he created the short film “Dollo Ado: Building Refugee Economies” (2021).


Abdurahim worked on child education for the NGO World Vision in Somalia. He also ran a small agricultural business. When the jihadist terror group Al-Shabaab violently took over his hometown, he fled to Ethiopia in 2011. Together with his wife and children, Abdurahim lived in the Dollo Ado refugee camps for almost ten years. From 2012-2016 he worked for IMC’s (International Medical Corps) refugee mental health programme as a translator and programme facilitator. In 2018 and 2019, he worked as a research assistant with the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre in Dollo Ado. In early 2020, Abdurahim and his family resettled to Germany where he lives now.

*To protect his privacy, we refer to Abdurahim by his first name only.

Annemieke de Jong

Head of IKEA Foundation’s Refugee Livelihoods portfolio that is driving a strategy aimed at creating evidence on refugee economic self-reliance. In this role, she leads on designing and investing in innovative programming run by (a consortium of) partners geared to delivering on understanding impact of livelihood programming for the world’s refugees.

Annemieke served as a working group level member of the World Economic Forum’s Humanitarian & Resilience Initiative, a core team member for ODI’s Constructive Deconstruction exercise, and a steering group member for the Canada Humanitarian Grand Challenges. She recently performed as member of the evaluation panel for the Larsen Lam ICONiQ Impact Award.

Previously, Annemieke worked with IKEA, and the Dutch Central Bank, and has volunteered with survival International (Netherlands), Amnesty International and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (Ghana), and Kritzinger & Co., on migration and commercial law (south Africa).

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