The National Stakeholders Workshop for the Migration, Urbanization and Conflict in Africa (MUCA) Research Project was successfully conducted on 17 January 2022 at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Addis Ababa. The workshop convened key stakeholders of the MUCA Research Project representing diverse institutions including federal, regional and local government offices, non-governmental organizations and academic and research institutions located in Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Jigjiga in Ethiopia.
The workshop was started with welcoming remarks by Dr. Mitike Molla (PhD), Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer of AAU and with opening remarks by Dr. Yonas Adaye (PhD), Director of IPSS, AAU. The workshop served as a platform to help participants form and deepen their understanding of the MUCA Research Project, as well as facilitate relevant discussions and address key questions in relation to the Research Project.
The MUCA Research Project is supported by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The project was initiated in January 2021 and will run until December 2023. The project is implemented collaboratively by Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), University of Lagos (Nigeria), Makerere University (Uganda), and the University of Sheffield (UK). The general objective of the project is to explore the migration-urbanization-conflict nexus in nine African cities in Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The cities covered by the research are: Kampala, Kasese and Gulu in Uganda; Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Jigjiga in Ethiopia; and Lagos, Lokoja and Jos in Nigeria.