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Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Suzanne Simon


If countries hosting refugees want to build resiliency and reduce dependency on foreign relief, humanitarian response and local development need to be addressed simultaneously, and collaboration at all levels of stakeholders needs to take place in planning and decision making. Additionally, innovation and strong leadership are strong factors in creating and leading new ideas as funding and world leadership dynamics change, especially with traditional leaders such as the US and the UN losing influence. Observations made at the Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda as well as existing document analysis reflect these traits by active efforts of camp administrators and humanitarian leaders to build resilience with refugees through self-reliance activities such as camp jobs, growing their own food and encouraging positive relationships with the host community. Investing in resiliency is crucial for the future, and providing tools and resources to facilitate any organization or program to implement effective methods for collaboration and innovation can make a huge difference in whether refugees and their hosts can envision possibilities of growth and prosperity in these circumstances, or not.


Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Community Psychology | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Development Studies | Growth and Development | Human Factors Psychology | International Relations | Leadership Studies | Migration Studies | Other International and Area Studies | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Peace and Conflict Studies | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Public Affairs | Public Policy | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Social Policy | Social Welfare | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning | Work, Economy and Organizations