UNHCR’s regional budget of $2.149 billion is 1% higher than the current 2023 budget. Low funding would preclude all but the most vital life-saving support, while full funding would give people who have been forced to flee a chance to return to full and productive lives.
UNHCR's plans include aiming for 99% of births to be attended by skilled medical personnel in Ethiopia and ensuring at least 85% of refugees in Somalia know where to access gender-based violence services. In Uganda, UNHCR will aim for at least 55% of refugee and asylum-seeking children to be enrolled in the national education school system. In Kenya, UNHCR will seek solutions via complementary pathways for 150 refugees in 2024. An estimated 500,000 forcibly displaced people may be able to return home to Burundi and areas of Somalia and South Sudan in 2024 and, despite many pressures, countries in the region show potential for delivering comprehensive solutions. Prior to the conflict that erupted in Sudan in 2023, some 560,000 refugees were projected to need resettlement from the region in 2024. That figure will have increased due to subsequent events.
UNHCR will establish, strengthen and expand partnerships to support sustainable solutions initiatives in 2024 in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. China, the Gulf States and Türkiye are expanding their strategic engagement in the region, which may provide opportunities for new and additional financing and a more enabling environment for comprehensive refugee responses. Regional bodies, such as the East African Community, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region are also important partners in the search for solutions.
Trottier Family Foundation supports clean energy in Ethiopia
In a stride towards sustainable living and addressing climate change, the Trottier Family Foundation, in collaboration with UNHCR, is championing change for refugees in Ethiopia. The Foundation’s steadfast support provides energy-efficient stoves and communal kitchens, uplifting the living conditions of refugee communities. With more than 3,000 beneficiaries so far, this initiative enhances lives, reduces emissions, combats deforestation, and opens doors to cleaner, greener energy alternatives.