Mobility in the African Great Lakes
Two year project 2012–2014
Three countries: DR Congo, Kenya and Uganda
Funded by the MacArthur Foundation
Capturing everyday mobility drivers to better understand the complexity of human mobility dynamics in the Great Lakes region.
- To identify migration patterns in the region and understand the extent to which they might be impacted by conflict; the extent to which they impact migration decision-making during displacement; and the extent to which pre-existing migration patterns are re-established as conflict subsides.
- To document and analyse mobility associated with broader social processes: including seasonal and rural–urban migration; migration for education, marriage, or employment; and trade related mobility.
- To develop a methodology and conceptual framework to analyse mobility patterns throughout the region – and potentially in other conflict settings.
This focus on everyday patterns of movement in this region contributes greatly to our understanding of how social, cultural and urbanisation dynamics intersect with individual agency and material constraints, which regulate access to mobility for aspirant migrants in today’s globalised world.
Empirical research was undertaken in Bukavu or Lubumbashi (DR Congo), Kampala (Uganda), Eldoret (Kenya).
This project is supported by the MacArthur Foundation Global Migration and Human Mobility programme.