Japan’s Deputy Head of Mission in Uganda commends UNDP Uganda’s work with refugees in Yumbe district

Apr 30, 2018

Mr.Mizumoto Horii, Deputy Head of Mission, the Embassy of Japan in Uganda (centre with a blue tie) with other participants at the end of the technical meeting for the new UNDP project on “Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Responding to the South Sudanese Refugee Crisis in West Nile.“ The meeting was held in Yumbe district. (Photo Credit: UNDP Uganda/Natsuki M. 2018)

Yumbe district (26 April 2018)  - The Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Uganda – Mr. Mizumoto Horii, has commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for its work with refugees in the West Nile region of Uganda.

He made the commendation during a technical meeting for the newly launched project on “Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Responding to the South Sudanese Refugee Crisis in West Nile” which was officially announced by H.E. Kazuaki Kameda, the Ambassador of Japan recently on 17th April 2018. The announcement was made in the presence of Hon. Hillary Onek, the Minister of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees, and Ms. Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative for Uganda during a press conference held at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.

“This is the 3rd consecutive year that UNDP is receiving additional funding from Government of Japan. I have a high hope that this new project will bring about tangible results,” Mr. Horii said during the meeting.

With USD 1.5 million in funding the new project will build up on the work done under the previous intervention ‘Emergency Response to South Sudanese Refugee Influx: Enhancing Human Security for Refugees and Host Communities in Yumbe District, Northern Uganda programme,’ implemented from April 2017 to March 2018.

The technical meeting held on 26th April was intended to inform local authorities in the targeted districts, namely Yumbe, Arua, and Moyo, about the new intervention, its objectives, expected results and activities, and to seek joint engagement towards concrete and sustainable results. It was attended by the officials from three districts as well as representatives of Ariwa sub-country in Yumbe where the last project was implemented.  Officials from Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) also attended.

Specifically, the new project aims to create emergency employment for refugees and hosting communities, through cash for work interventions; provide business skills training and start up grants for microenterprise development; and support access to markets for small enterprises, focusing on women and youth. It will also contribute to capacity building efforts of district local governments through strengthening the district disaster management committees and building an evidence base for integrated planning and budgeting. The project is expected to benefit over 6,000 refugees and members of the local host communities in Arua, Yumbe and Moyo districts.

Mr. Horii also commended the great achievements already realised by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Acholi and West Nile sub regions to improve the planning and budgeting capacities of the districts’ and sub counties’ leaders and planners.  He called on UNDP to work with the agency and build on such results, ensuring complementary efforts and closely coordinating with JICA on the ground.

“Our wish as hosting districts is to find a lasting solution for the refugees who are here,” Mr. Andua Martin Drani, the Principle Assistant Secretary, representing Chief Administration Officer for Arua district said during the meeting. He thanked the Government of Japan and UNDP for the support they have been providing to the West Nile region.

Uganda is currently hosting 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers mainly from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. The assistance provided by UNDP in this new project, is part of implementation of the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) framework, a transformative strategy which brings together a wide range of partners including the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, World Bank, development partners and the private sector to enhance self-reliance and resilience of refugees and host communities in Uganda. ReHoPE is a component of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and is in line with the 2016 New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.

 

Article by: Natsuki Matsumoto, Communications Specialist - Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Responding to the South Sudanese Refugee Crisis in West Nile Project - UNDP Uganda.

 

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