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Mobilising Resources for Refugees

With this, our twelfth bulletin, The Frame is almost a year old. To commemorate twelve issues, we’re sharing insights from one of the projects we’ve been working on. Specifically, our collaboration with The Cities Alliance’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which includes Kakuma and Kalobeyei in Kenya; Gabiley and Borama in Somalia; Arua and Koboko …

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Tackling Human Rights Day

In this sense, the founding document (or as Entman might put it, the inaugural ‘communicating text’) of international human rights law (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR) functions as a particularly potent form of framing, for it selects aspects of perceived reality, making them not just salient but symbolically central to the entire philosophical, …

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Photo take in Hoedspruit, South Africa. Aerial shot of people in a trailer being hauled by a tractor.

Social Justice and Intersectionality

by Caroline Wanjiku and Katja Holtz Insofar as United Nations Observances serve as springboards for awareness-raising actions, we would like to take this World Social Justice Day (20 February) to explore ways of reframing social justice in the migration space. Working with Crenshaw’s notion of intersectionality, we consider a holistic kind of justice. Examining the …

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10 Things to Look Out for in 2022

Happy new year and welcome back! We’d like to start the year looking forward to all the incredible offerings coming up in the migration and urbanisation space. From conferences to documentary films, books and articles, the discipline is growing in every direction and we’re here to be your guide. Sadly, we couldn’t possibly list all …

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Making the Dream Work

by Katja Holtz and Caroline Wanjiku Kihato ‘No one can solve the world’s “wicked” problems on their own.’ – Otto Scharmar: Theory U There are more inane aphorisms about teamwork in the English language than I care to count. “Teamwork makes the dream work”, “there’s no I in team”, “many hands make light work”, “sticks …

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A Letter from the Founder

I grew up in Nairobi, in a middle-income housing estate twenty minutes walk from Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa. Growing up, I remember being curious about Kibera—we were forbidden from going near there. It was dark and there were dangerous people, so we were told. The houses were made of mud and …

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Storytelling for Good

In their study, Kihato et al examine the experience of COVID-19 through an urban justice lens, and present approaches to injustice.

The look

The Look

Fred Swart created our Look. Starting with the name, Frame45; a bucket of key words, including empathy, agile, reframe, unsettle, insight, self-reflection, evolution, repositioning; and a mission to forge a fresh way of seeing contemporary issues of migration and urbanisation through storytelling, Fred Swart and Caroline set about forging our visual language. Inspired by the …

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