Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
May 16, 2013

This research is ongoing. The final report will be posted upon completion.


Community-based child protection mechanisms (CBCPMs) are broadly defined as local groups or networks that focus on protecting children. They may include peer groups, religious groups, and educational facilities. In order to expand the evidence base concerning CBCPMs in refugee settings, PRM funded HealthNet TPO, in partnership with Colombia University, to analyze the number and effectiveness of CBCPMs in two urban neighborhoods in Kampala (Kampala Central, Makindye) with large numbers of refugees and two protracted refugee camps in Rwanda (Kiziba, Gihembe). In order to do so, the research team is employing qualitative research methods, including community mapping, participant observation, focus groups, and stakeholder interviews. The findings will inform how UNHCR and its partner organizations can engage and work with CBCPMs to improve protection programming for refugee children.


• Adapt CBCPM mapping tools to refugee settings including refugee education programs;

• Identify existing CBCPMs in refugee settings in Rwanda and Uganda, including those affiliated with formal and non-formal education environments;

• Determine how UNHCR and partner organizations can better engage and strengthen CBCPMs to improve child protection in refugee settings; and

• Develop guidance on engaging with CBCPMs in refugee settings and establish synergies with the education sector.

The results of this research will be disseminated widely to global and regional child protection stakeholders including refugee/host community CBCPMs, UNHCR, host government authorities, and local/international NGOs.