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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.

Publications

Reimagining Migration Responses in Sudan: Learning from migrant children and young people’s experiences. Summary Report
Publication Publication

Reimagining Migration Responses in Sudan: Learning from migrant children and young people’s experiences. Summary Report

Migration is a regular feature of life in Sudan and the broader region. It takes multiple forms and is driven by numerous factors, including personal aspirations, curiosity, problems accessing a livelihood in the context of poverty and economic exclusion, and forced displacement stemming from political persecution, armed conflict, or natural disasters. Children and young people make up a significant portion of the upwards of 3 million migrants in Sudan. Yet there is limited understanding of the ways in which children and young people view migration, or of the opportunities and risks that it poses for them. As part of a regional research series, 467 quantitative interviews were conducted with children and young people in Sudan. The data from these interviews provide insights from children and young people themselves. Building on the findings, the research suggests a number of principles and concrete actions to create a more protective environment for children and young people on their migration journeys.
Reimagining Migration Responses in Ethiopia: Learning from migrant children and young people’s experiences. Summary Report.
Publication Publication

Reimagining Migration Responses in Ethiopia: Learning from migrant children and young people’s experiences. Summary Report.

Migration is a regular feature of life in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa region. It takes multiple forms and is driven by numerous factors, including personal aspirations, economic exclusion and forced displacement as a consequence of inter-ethnic communal violence or natural disasters. As part of a regional research series and based specifically on interviews carried out in 2019 with 405 migrant children and young people in Ethiopia, this report provides a deeper understanding of their perceptions and feelings around safety, well-being and their protective environments. It also provides a snapshot of their access to services and resources, and their trust in authorities and other service providers in Ethiopia. The report concludes by offering policy and programme recommendations that can help rethink child protection approaches for migrant children and young people in Ethiopia

Blogs

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

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! ...