Pauline Cherunya, Daniel Provost

Equal Partnerships

African Intermediary Cities as Actors and Partners in Urban Migration Governance (Garissa, Kenya)

The Kenyan city of Garissa, with a population of approximately 500,000, is the main urban center of Garissa County and a major economic hub in the region. Located 160 kilometers west of the Somali border and 100 kilometers southwest of the Dadaab refugee complex, Garissa faces significant challenges related to urban migration and displacement. To gain insights into the actors addressing migration and displacement, partnership dynamics and gaps in cooperation, the Equal Partnerships project conducted participatory field research and organized local workshops in partnership with Garissa County. The case study situates Garissa within the national and regional migration context, presents the results of stakeholder mapping, identifies opportunities and challenges for collaborative action on migration, and concludes with concrete policy recommendations for strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships to address mixed migration in urban contexts.