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Iolanda Genovese

Research Officer (Former title)

Iolanda Genovese is a Research Officer on the Migration Programme at the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti. She is currently working on a multi-country research on Children on the Move in the Horn and North of Africa and a research on returnee children in Afghanistan. Iolanda has technical expertise in field-based research on child migration, displacement and urban refugees and has worked with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Italy. Prior to UNICEF, she led child protection programmes for unaccompanied and separated children (UASCs) in Sicily as part of the migration crisis response in the Mediterranean for various non-government organizations – including Oxfam, focusing on guardianship, alternative care and socio-economic integration. She also has lengthy experience running development and humanitarian programmes in Burundi, Tanzania and Peru. Iolanda holds an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) - University of London, in Violence, Conflict and Development.

Blogs

How voluntary guardianship for unaccompanied minors took root in Sicily
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How voluntary guardianship for unaccompanied minors took root in Sicily

“You gave me back my dignity. I will never forget that you even gave me underwear. Without which I would have to wait for 15 days! ...