Evan Easton-Calabria

Evan Easton-Calabria (USA) seeks to effect change to refugee assistance at the grassroots and policy level. Her work with refugees began in Kampala, Uganda, and led her to study refugee self-reliance programmes for her MSc and DPhil (in-progress) at the University of Oxford. Through academic research and piloting grassroots self-reliance projects, such as micro-finance with refugee women, she aims for her work to inform policy and alter the structure of assistance. She wants to help female refugees be recognised as community leaders, support refugee-run organisations to become implementing partners with the UN Refugee Agency, and increase self-reliance projects run by refugees for refugees.