Refugee hosting districts get sh184b

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Refugee hosting areas are among the poorest and less developed sub-regions in Uganda.

PIC: Refugees in Yumbe preparing a meal. Refugees host communities had been ignored in terms service provision and hit hard by poverty and under development
 
HOST COMMUNITIES GET HELP
 
The Government has launched a $50million (sh184.4b) project aimed at improving the livelihoods of refugee hosting communities in Uganda.

The project dubbed Development Response to Displacement Impact Project (DRDIP) was on Thursday launched by Uganda’s Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda at a function held in Kyarugaju in Isingiro district.

Funded by the World Bank, the project will be implemented for five years in eleven refugee hosting districts of Yumbe, Koboko, Arua, Hoima, Kyegegwa and Isingiro. Others are Moyo, Lamwo, Adjumani, and Kiryandongo.  

Refugee hosting areas are among the poorest and less developed sub-regions in Uganda.

The presence of refugees affects the coping abilities of host communities by increasing demand and competition for natural resources, food and basic social economic services such as health and education.

According the Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda has a refugee population of 1.45 million, making it the biggest refugee hosting nation in Africa and third in the world.

While launching the project, Rugunda regretted the Government’s laxity in putting in place projects that benefit the host communities.

According to Charles Bafaki, the DRDIP project manager, the project will address infrastructure needs in health, education, and roads. It will also address environmental protection and livelihoods.

 

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