Episode 4: Dadaab and The 21st Century Refugee Crisis

Guest: Hunter McGill, International Development Practitioner and Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

About: Being called the forgotten crisis, the Dadaab refugee camp is the largest in the world. What started as a temporary solution to accommodate 90,000 people now hosts well over three and a half times that number across generations. The Kenyan government has announced its intentions to close down the camp and its impacts will be serious and devastating to those living in the camps and in the surrounding areas. How did it get to this? Do we need to overhaul our concept of refugee camps and policies surrounding resettlement? We sit down with international development and humanitarian expert, Hunter McGill to help us understand the consequences of closing down Dadaab and what that might mean for other large camps in the Middle East.

From Left to Right: Hunter McGill, Christopher Brodkin, Joshua Beanlands, Samantha Nicholl and Nicole Halseth

Hunter McGill is an experienced international development practitioner and professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Prof. McGill formerly worked  for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he served as director of bilateral programmes for a number of countries, including Zimbabwe and Zambia, and director-general for humanitarian aid and peacebuilding. He also worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). His expertise lies in humanitarian aid policy and aid effectiveness.  


Images courtesy of DFID (Pete Lewis/Department for International Development) and Oxfam East Africa

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