Operation: Opération: Uganda



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Key Figures

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 
2017 year-end results
265,620  school-aged refugee children were enrolled in primary education
187,450  families received core-relief items
134,590  people were provided with land plots for housing and agricultural activities 
15,980 refugees were provided with entrepreneurship or business training 
4,820 SGBV survivors were provided with psychosocial counselling
2,820 individuals had cases submitted for resettlement, out of which 1,900 departed to resettlement countries

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 1,575,148
2016 1,162,715
2015 694,158


[["Refugees",1350504],["Asylum-seekers",44642],["Returned refugees",2],["Others of concern",180000]]
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Operational Environment

Uganda 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 Priorities

Uganda 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.