Assessing the Protection Status of Urban Adolescent Refugees in Ecuador and Zambia

April 11, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB 710
651 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Michael Miller

FXB Work-in Progress Series Presents Elizabeth Donger, MPP and Jennifer Leigh, MPH

Harvard FXB is conducting a study in collaboration with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Relief (UNHCR) that will be the first comprehensive evaluation of the health and wellbeing of youth refugees living in cities. The project, taking place in Zambia and in Ecuador, uses innovative Respondent-Driven-Sampling methods to research this hard-to-reach population. The results will help the UNHCR in developing methodologies to study and protect this vulnerable group in protracted refugee settings.

Elizabeth Donger is a research associate at Harvard FXB. She has experience in nonprofit programming, investigative research and legal advocacy with refugee and internally displaced communities in Jordan, Colombia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her work at FXB focuses on issues of distress migration and child protection. She is the Ecuador project lead for the urban refugee youth study, a collaboration with the UNHCR that assesses the strength of the protection system, and its effects on youth health and well-being.


Jennifer Leigh (appearing via Skype from on research location in Zambia) has been active in global health for 15 years, primarily providing humanitarian assistance and strengthening community-based care for mobile and conflict-affected populations. Her recent work has focused on humanitarian accountability, aid evaluation, the Syria crisis, and the West African Ebola epidemic. She is working with FXB on an evaluation for UNHCR and supporting the Lancet Commission on Syria. She is the Zambia project lead for the urban refugee youth study.