As of 30 June 2014, Uganda currently hosts 392,088 refugees and asylum seekers. The majority of refugees and asylum seekers’ country of origin are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (46.2%
- 181,240) and the Republic of South Sudan (36.4% - 142,769). Uganda has been experiencing major simultaneous emergencies from DRC since 2011 and South Sudan since February 2012. The restoration of security in North Kivu and Province Orientale of DRC has resulted in limited spontaneous repatriation of the Congolese refugees. However, the situation in South Sudan remains fragile and the potential for future influx due to resumed conflict and food insecurity in parts of South Sudan.
The Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) was conducted by the Office of the Prime Minister’s Refugees Department (OPM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and World Food Programme (WFP) from 4-14 June 2014. The 2014 JAM aims to enhance knowledge and insight into food security, nutrition, and access to basic needs and essential services in the refugee settlements. The JAM field missions visited 8 refugee settlements of Rhino Camp, Lobule (Koboko), Adjumani, Kiryandongo, Kyangwali, Oruchinga, Nakivale, Rwamwanja and Kyaka II including refugee hosting area of the above settlements. The JAM utilized a mix of quantitative (e.g. Food Security and Nutrition Assessments) and qualitative (e.g. focus group discussions) methods.
Recommendations from the JAM will be used to draft the Joint Plan of Action with OPM, WFP and UNHCR working together on the plan.