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|2018 year-end results|
|374,680||school-aged refugee children were attending school|
|5,480||people had their cases submitted for resettlement, out of which, 4,000 departed|
|5,360||SGBV survivors were provided with basic counselling compared to 5,001 in 2017|
|1,690||semi-permanent shelters were constructed for people with specific needs|
|5%||of the water supply was provided through water trucking, a reduction from 23% at the beginning of 2018|
|2019 planning figures|
|100%||of people of concern will be registered on an individual basis|
|100%||of people of concern will be trained on energy saving practices|
|61%||of primary school-aged children enrolled in primary education|
|4%||of people of concern identified in need of resettlement submitted for resettlement|
|556,900||refugees will benefit from various types of livelihood and self-reliance activities|
|100||peaceful co-existence between refugees and host communities projects will be implemented|
People of Concern
Operational EnvironmentUganda has a longstanding history of hosting refugees with more than 1.1 million refugees and asylum-seekers as of October 2018. The country has received more than 1 million refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan since July 2016. These protracted situations as well as the recent influx of refugees have strained the resources of the humanitarian system and put enormous pressure on the resources of host communities and on the environment.
Most refugees reside in designated refugee settlements located across 11 districts and in Kampala. The Government of Uganda allows freedom of movement and provides land to refugees settling in designated areas, the right to work and access to national services. The North and West Nile regions, where most refugees live, are among the poorest and most underdeveloped areas in the country.
Children, adolescents and youth make up the highest population bracket among the displaced populations in Uganda. Some 57 per cent of school-aged refugee children are out of school, the majority of whom are girls. Adolescents and youth account for a third of the refugee population, with the majority suffering from the lack of appropriate learning and employment opportunities. Refugee women and girls, who comprise approximately 55 per cent of the refugee population in Uganda, are at risk of heightened social and economic vulnerabilities.
Many refugees in Uganda have limited income-generating opportunities, and both refugees and host communities are challenged by the lack of access to capital/ formal financial services; lack of access to cultivable land and water; poor market connectivity; limited skills and the few formal employment opportunities.
Key PrioritiesUganda has implemented the Comprehensive Responses which further promote Uganda’s progressive policy through a multi-stakeholder approach, boosting self-reliance and expanding solutions for both refugee and host communities. UNHCR supports the Office of Prime Minister in leading and coordinating the refugee response in Uganda, along with District Local Governments. Line ministries are developing strategies and comprehensive response plans for refugee-hosting areas in education, water delivery and infrastructure, environment and energy, health-care, as well as employment and livelihoods strategy. In 2019-20 UNHCR will mobilise maximum resources to support these plans.
UNHCR’s main priorities for 2019-20 will be to ensure significant expansion in education, environment and livelihoods, as well as maintain quality protection interventions and continue to strengthen accountability and risk management.