Let’s Try That Again: Creating&Adjusting Youth Programs in Complex&Shifting Humanitarian Settings

Updated: May 30, 2019

Increasing numbers of youth are growing up experiencing disruptions like conflict, forced displacement, disease, and natural disasters, and developing countries bear the brunt of these crises. While trying to address the acute needs of youth in these settings, response efforts often face challenging infrastructure, politics, norms, geography, and restrictions on critical rights, like the right to work for refugee youth -- in a context that can change rapidly and at any time.

To help youth fulfill their potential, there is a critical need for innovative, adaptable approaches. This session will provide insight into humanitarian settings, current approaches to youth programming in crisis, and what the research shows works. In groups, we will then brainstorm creative and nimble solutions for youth economic opportunity for real-life humanitarian settings.


Carrie Ellett, Regional Advisor, Youth Empowerment, BRAC USA

Chrystina Russell, Senior Vice President & Executive Director, SNHU's Global Education Movement at Southern New Hampshire University, Southern New Hampshire University

Vasileia Digidiki, Instructor, Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights