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15 Nov 2018 description

Executive Summary

Somali refugees in Kenya currently find themselves in limbo with only restrictive and impractical options available to them. The majority of these refugees are unable to return to Somalia, despite recent efforts by the Governments of Kenya and Somalia and UNHCR, due to sustained threats to their protection, safety and dignity in what continues to be a fragile post-conflict situation.

19 Jun 2018 description

The much-anticipated Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), expected in late 2018, together with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), promise to revitalize refugee response through a multi-stakeholder “whole of society” approach. At a time when the international community is grappling with fundamental questions such as the equitable sharing of responsibility for refugees, the views and opinions of citizens in East Africa are invaluable in charting new directions.

19 Jun 2018 description

The much-anticipated Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), expected in late 2018, together with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), promise to revitalize refugee response through a multi-stakeholder “whole of society” approach. At a time when the international community is grappling with fundamental questions such as the equitable sharing of responsibility for refugees, the views and opinions of citizens in East Africa are invaluable in charting new directions.

16 Mar 2018 description

Executive summary

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is now recognised as a serious and widespread global health issue. During a humanitarian crisis, the risk of such violence is heightened, often continuing after the early phases of a crisis – reports of gender-based violence (GBV) are common in camps for refugees and displaced populations. However, there is limited evidence on how to provide effective response services to survivors of violence in humanitarian contexts.

22 May 2017 description

The International Rescue Committee predicts imminent famine in Somalia, Yemen, and northeastern Nigeria

The IRC scales up emergency response across the region, calls for urgent increases in funding

New York, NY, March 11, 2017 — The International Rescue Committee today described looming famines facing Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, as well as the already declared famine in South Sudan, as a “catastrophe that has already arrived.”

19 Apr 2017 description

The world is witnessing higher levels of displacement than ever before. The statistics tell the story. Today, an unprecedented 65 million people—including 21 million refugees—are displaced from their homes. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, 5 million people have fled to nearby Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. And refugees now spend an average of 10 years away from their countries. Equally striking as the scale of the crisis are the consequences of an inadequate response.

09 Dec 2016 description

Building on previous ReDSS studies and recommendations, in order to examine the issue of early solutions planning, the study focuses specifically on refugees who have sought asylum in Kenya and Uganda since the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in December 2013. Between them, Uganda and Kenya are hosting just under half of the 943,803 South Sudanese refugees registered by UNHCR since December 2013.

06 Dec 2016 description

Executive Summary

Why focus on Early Solutions Planning?

Current studies and literature have argued that strategies for solutions should start at the onset of displacement. Solutions planning is most commonly initiated after displacement becomes protracted, by which point refugees are often dependent on humanitarian assistance.

10 May 2016 description

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) providing assistance to refugees in Kenya acknowledge the hospitality and responsibility that the Government of Kenya has borne over decades. Despite the huge economic and social pressure, Kenya continues to host close to 600,000[1] refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries, the majority being from Somalia and South Sudan. In addition, the Burundi conflict has also led to an influx of refugees from the country into the Kakuma refugee camp.

06 Apr 2016 description

Executive Summary

Article 25 of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that persons with disabilities should have the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as provided to other persons. Yet, the needs of crisis-affected populations with disabilities are notably absent from global SRH and gender guidelines and standards for humanitarian practice.

10 Sep 2015 description

Despite the traditional image of a refugee as someone in a tented 'camp', the majority of today's world's refugees are displaced outside of camps, with over half living in urban areas; in built-up cities, towns, peri-urban settings and informal settlements. Meeting the needs of refugees outside of camps poses challenges for humanitarian agencies.

20 Jan 2015 description

Violence against women and girls perpetrated by their intimate partners is a global phenomenon—experienced by at least one in three women during their lifetime. Prevalence is likely to be even higher in humanitarian settings, with an increasing body of evidence showing intimate partner violence (IPV)2 to be the most common type of violence women experience, though it may go underreported and receive less attention from humanitarian actors compared to sexual violence perpetrated by armed forces.

09 Jul 2014 description

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of $89m/£52m just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine. Speaking out on the 3rd anniversary of the country’s independence they warned their aid efforts to help hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the conflict was under threat due to a lack of funds.

13 Nov 2013 description

NGOs welcome an agreement with potential to enhance opportunities for Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees

NGOs engaged in the search for durable solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya, congratulate the governments of Somalia and Kenya, and UNHCR for developing the Tripartite Agreement on Somali refugees in Kenya. The Tripartite Agreement is a first and important step towards finding durable solutions for Somali refugees in the region.

30 Jan 2013 description

Nairobi, 24 January 2013 – A number of civil society groups, including the Jesuit Refugee Service, strongly urged the Kenyan government on Tuesday to end police harassment and abuse of refugees and protect the basic human rights of all refugees and Kenyan citizens.

12 Jul 2012 description

Tens of thousands of lives at risk with money for vital services set to run out in two to three months

20 Jan 2012 description

Nairobi, Jan 20—–Six months after the UN declared famine in parts of Somalia, worsening insecurity is creating more displacement and hampering the delivery of life-saving aid to tens of thousands of people. In Somalia, the UN estimates that more than four million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, 250,000 are at risk of starvation and nearly 1.4 million are displaced.

04 Jan 2012 description

What a difference the rain can make. When I visited Tharaka, a four hour drive north of Nairobi, in April, the land was brown and dry. The shrivelled corpses of burnt trees lined the hard and dusty tracks.

The crops were dead, the animals were dying, and the people were scared.

In a blog on the Trócaire website, I wrote: ‘The lush green fields that surround Nairobi mask Kenya’s emerging crisis: a food shortage in the northern regions of the country that is rapidly descending into famine.’