Research & Evaluation

AU Watch carries out multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the causes and consequences of forced migration, with an emphasis on understanding the experiences of forced migration from the point of view of affected peoples. Our research and analysis cover the most critical regional issues around large-scale migration, statelessness and livelihoods. Our interdisciplinary analysis seeks to advance gender justice across Africa and challenges established thinking on how to manage migration and protect people affected by displacement. Africa can be refugee free in a decade, if we want to. We enhance understanding of the threats facing communities in protracted crises, and the implications of violent insecurity for civilian protection.

We are committed to the importance of evaluation and its role in supporting organizational accountability, learning and the continual improvement of our work in addressing the protection, assistance and solutions needs of refugees, stateless persons, IDPs and other persons of concern. Our Research and Evaluation Policy 2020-2025 provides for a strengthened evaluation function based on the principles of independence, impartiality, credibility and utility. The Policy incorporates AU Watch’s evaluation norms and standards and introduces evaluation quality assurance provisions as fundamental to produce high quality evidence-informed and credible evaluation products

On-going Research Projects

• Refugee Mobility, Recognition and rights. Re-examining refugee protection through a lens of mobility and migration

• Public attitudes towards migrants and refugees

• Decent work, migration and the 2030 Agenda