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Visualising Youth Futures: Refugee Youth and Mobile Technology Use in Uganda: A Review of Literature

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Clarke



This is the final published version of a report that has been published in its final definitive form by Newcastle University, 2020.

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Young people aged 16-25 represent a high proportion of the refugee population in Uganda. While mobile phone technology is considered useful for enhancing youth livelihoods, there has been limited research on how refugee youth use mobile phones in their day-to-day lives and how they could be harnessed to better build sustainable livelihoods. In this review we outline directions for future research to develop participatory youth-led refugee projects in Uganda to understand the opportunities and challenges of increased mobile phone connectivity and its impacts on young people’s livelihoods. We argue supporting young refugees to work with local NGOs to inform future policy on employment, mobile infrastructure and services is key. We outline how this could be achieved by developing future research and engagement projects that aim to: (a) Use participatory and visual methods to improve understanding of how young refugees use mobile technologies in their everyday lives. (b) Identify capacity building opportunities that focus on mobile phone usage in delivering learning and access to employment. (c) Co-create participatory learning and employment resources to support collective wellbeing and economic development that stems from grassroots innovation and equitable access to technology.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Humble D, Tukundane C, Paparu C, Clarke R

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2020

Pages: 53

Print publication date: 01/12/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Institution: Newcastle University

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/jf6w-rk56