Japan contributes US$4.5m towards refugees and host communities in UgandaJun 30, 2016
KAMPALA - The Government of Japan has contributed US$4.5m (around 15 billion Ugandan shillings) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ($3.5 million) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ($1 million) in support of the humanitarian response for refugees and Ugandan host communities.
These funds will provide vital assistance, focusing on protection including physical safety and security to refugees and host communities, registration of new arrival refugees, monitoring of service delivery, enhancement of livelihood and coordination of humanitarian emergency, to some of the half a million refugees and asylum-seekers currently being hosted in Uganda, most of whom have fled conflict and human rights violations from Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Burundi. Collaboration and support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other international partners is also expected to continue throughout the project planning and implementation stages.
This partnership is a prime example of humanitarian and development partners coming together to provide both immediate and long-term assistance to refugees and the hosting communities, which was the central topic of the discussions at the recently-concluded World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey in May this year.
The newly arrived Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda, stated, “on behalf of the Government of Japan, it is great pleasure to announce this contribution to both refugees and host communities under the partnership with UN agencies. Uganda has been a critical contributor to peace and stability in the region, hosting more than 500,000 refugees with affording access to public services and right to work to them. I’m proud that Japan is part of such commitment and dedication to enhance humanitarian and development coordination for this country. ”
With this contribution, UNHCR and UNDP are set to coordinate their efforts to help more refugees and their Ugandan hosts to learn new skills in business and entrepreneurship, use these to start their own businesses and finally link them to markets for their products. This will empower them to be more productive and make the most of their new skills to develop the local economy.
”On behalf of UNHCR, I would like to say ‘Arigato´ to Japan and its people for their much-valued donation and for their continued ongoing support towards UNHCR,” said UNHCR Representative to Uganda Neimah Warsame. “With record numbers of refugees in Uganda, our humanitarian appeals continue to be severely underfunded. This donation today will save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people who are being forced to flee their homes in South Sudan, DRC, Burundi and elsewhere.
The UNDP project is two pronged supporting refugee hosting communities to improve their livelihoods in Adjumani district. At the same time, it will support the enhancement of peaceful dialogue and the security of local communities in the districts of Moyo, Moroto, Amudat and Kaabong with their neighbours in South Sudan and Kenya.
“With this funding from the Government of Japan, UNDP will draw from its extensive experience in recovery work to support the improvement of livelihoods as well as community security,” Ms. Almaz Gebru, the UNDP Country Director stated.
The one year projects are expected to empower the communities’ transition from the humanitarian to the development phase so that no one is left behind as per the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNHCR and UNDP’s collaboration is anchored within the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) strategy, an innovative partnership between the Government of Uganda, the UN Country Team, World Bank, the private sector and developmental partners. It seeks to enhance refugee management and protection by integrating refugee assistance with local service delivery systems whilst attempting to gradually enhance refugee and host communities’ socio-economic resilience and prospects for self-reliance.
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