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|2020 planning figures|
|100%||of people of concern provided with individual protection documentation|
|100%||of identified children of concern with specific needs assisted|
|100%||of known sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) survivors receive appropriate support|
|80%||of primary school-aged children enrolled in education|
|80%||of households with access to energy saving equipment|
|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|
People of Concern
Working environmentUganda is likely to continue receiving new refugee arrivals in 2020 due to political instability and violence in neighbouring countries, particularly in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.
The open-door policy towards new refugee arrivals in Uganda, coupled with the implementation of progressive refugee policies, is also likely to continue. This will allow refugees freedom of movement, the right to work and establish a business, and access to social services, such as healthcare and education. The Government of Uganda is anticipated to continue allocating a plot of land to new refugee arrivals who decide to live in settlements. Host communities are likely to continue sharing resources and services with refugees in refugee-hosting areas, such as water, schools, health facilities and agricultural land.
In line with the objectives of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Uganda, efforts will continue to support Government policy and protect the asylum space. The resilience and self-reliance of refugees and host communities will be a priority, as will expanding solutions, including third country options; supporting Uganda’s role in the region; and investing in human capital and transferable skills. As foreseen in the Global Compact on Refugees, UNHCR will continue mobilizing and coordinating support for the refugee response, with a focus on development partners and the private sector.
The CRRF Secretariat will continue to support the CRRF Steering Group, which is the main multi-stakeholder policy forum and decision-making body for the CRRF in Uganda.
In line with the Refugee Coordination Model, UNHCR co-leads and coordinates the refugee response in Uganda with the Office of the Prime Minister and broad participation from UN and NGO partners. The national Inter-Agency Coordination Group will continue to provide a platform for discussion and decision-making to more than 100 UN and NGO partners.
Key prioritiesUNHCR’s focus will be on maintaining Uganda’s asylum space, preserving equal and unhindered access to territory, and strengthening the government’s emergency preparedness and response capacity. Child protection and support for SGBV survivors will also remain key.
UNHCR will continue to work closely with the Government of Uganda and provide equipment, materials and technical support as it seeks to include refugees in basic social services. These services include health, education, child protection, water and sanitation, which are provided by national authorities in refugee-hosting districts. Refugees are expected to be included in “National development plan III 2020/21 to 2024/205” across all sectors, with education, health, environment, and economic inclusion the priorities. The United Nations Development Framework 2021-2025, in support of NDP III, will also include refugees across sectors.
UNHCR plans to prioritize interventions that may improve access to, and the quality of, education as well as environmental protection––funding programmes that support these efforts and engaging others, including development partners and the private sector.