Research Spotlight

Rooted Reflections: Vignettes on Conducting Research in Refugee Settings

Rooted Reflections is a special series from the Baobab Research Programme Consortium documenting reflections, experiences, and learnings that are often left uncaptured by researchers in their implementation of research studies and by the peer-reviewed literature.

Baobab is an Africa-based, African-led consortium that is changing the narrative about the possibilities for sexual and reproductive health and rights research in refugee settings. Baobab conducts rigorous, globally-known surveys in refugee settings in the East and Horn of Africa for the first time, coupling this work with operations research and evidence-informed interventions. UNHCR and its partners will use the evidence generated by Baobab to develop programs and policies. 

Funded by FCDO from 2021 to 2026, the Baobab Research Programme Consortium includes Population Council Kenya, the African Population and Health Research Center, and Well-Made Strategy.

As Baobab moves forward, Rooted Reflections will be a continuing forum to share personal insights, giving readers a deeper understanding of and bringing them closer to this critical, urgent work.


1. Great Expectations: Expanding the Possibilities for Research in Refugee Settings in the East and Horn of Africa

2. "Just Another GBV Training Session": Reflections on Psychosocial Response in the Context of Research

3. Conducting a Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) Among Humanitarian-Affected Populations in Uganda: Fieldwork Strategies and Challenges