Operation: Opération: Kenya



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
100% of known SGBV survivors will receive appropriate support
100% of targeted refugee households will be living in adequate dwellings
144,000 registered children will be enrolled in primary education
30,000 Somali refugees will be assisted in their return to Somalia
14,000 people of concern will be registered and issued documentation through late birth registration to prevent statelessness
1,650 Best Interests Assessments  for child protection will be conducted
2017 year-end results
134,670 children enrolled in primary school
35,410 Somali refugees were assisted to return home
3,920 refugees successfully resettled
1,500 previously stateless Makonde recognized and registered as Kenyan citizens
4,810 individuals supported with entrepreneurship/business skills training

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2017 506,915
2016 514,867
2015 615,112


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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

 Political developments and the humanitarian situation in the region continues to impact UNHCR’s operation in Kenya, mainly as a result of the situations in Somalia and South Sudan, but also the ongoing unrest in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On the other hand, over the last four years, some 80,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, have repatriated. Kenya is striving to operationalize the Comprehensive Responses within the Nairobi Declaration and its Plan of Action. In this regard, Kenya has developed a draft Road Map and Plan of Action for the Comprehensive Responses with focus on supporting and empowering refugees and their hosts, while striving to achieve durable solutions.
In 2019, the Office will continue to engage and advocate with both bilateral governmental and private donors, strengthening its partnership with development agencies in an effort to secure funds for the multi-year, multi-partner (MYMP) strategy. UNHCR will work closely with new and existing private sector actors in order to implement innovative projects in sanitation, education and livelihoods in Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Dadaab camps.  Partnership will be pursued with private sector actors also to create livelihoods opportunities for refugees and host communities alike.

Key priorities

  • In line with the Comprehensive Responses and the MYMP strategy, UNHCR will focus its strategy on further expanding the protection of refugees and promoting solutions. UNHCR will continue to reinforce the capacity and transfer the responsibility of registration, RSD, camp management and other protection interventions to the Government through the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS).
  • UNHCR will work on a comprehensive protection and integrated development approach that focuses on: providing refugees with protection and assistance; promoting refugee and host community access to sustainable quality basic services in the areas of health, education, and water; and business opportunities.
  • The Office will implement a new community engagement strategy through the increased use of CBOs for delivery of certain services, further expanding the use of cash-based interventions for shelter, core-relief items and WASH.
  • The Office will promote and facilitate voluntary repatriation, as well as further promote resettlement and complementary pathways focusing on labour mobility and family reunification. UNHCR will also strive to reduce statelessness by advocating for the registration of the remaining stateless communities and persons.
  • The Security Partnership Project (SPP), which supports the Government police forces presence in securing the operational areas in both Dadaab and Kakuma will be critical in facilitating continued humanitarian access.