SOAS Refugee Forum - Episode #1: Ockenden International Prize Award Tue, 2017-03-21 15:27

In this episode, we bring to you a coverage of Ockenden International Prize Award ( which took place on Tuesday 7th March 2017. The 2017 Prize Winner for the fifth annual Ockenden International Prize for excellence in self-reliance refugee projects has been won by St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) in Cairo, Egypt, for a programme designed to halt the exodus to Europe of young unaccompanied adults. Guest speaker, Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, presented the Prize of $US100,000 at the annual ceremony in the Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University on Tuesday evening.

The other finalists and their projects were;‘Consolidation of Legal Aid Services to Forced Migrants’ – School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala ( Uganda provides legal representation, education, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, sexual and gender-based violence protection, conflict and transitional justice programmes as well as media and social change programmes. ‘IDPs Support Project in Rasuwa’ – Parivartan Patra, Nepal, (nominated by Cordaid, The Netherlands) ( is a recovery and reconstruction project in the mountain district of Rasuwa following the devastating 2015 earthquake. The project is implementing water sanitation, livelihood, disaster risk reduction and shelter programmes. In the next episode, we will bring to you interviews conducted after the event. You will listen to among other, Dr. Barabara Harrell-Bond, representatives of the organisations that participated in the event and many more.