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UNHCR Uganda: Community-Based Protection Thematic Report (September 2018)

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Key Figures 113,387 Identified persons with specific needs 34,354 Number of community structures (estimated)

Community-based Protection and Community Mobilization

  • Participatory assessments were conducted in a number of settlements, including Kiryandongo, Kyangwali, and Bidibidi, engaging refugees to identify protection risks, needs and priorities, their capabilities, and solutions. The findings will be shared once available and will guide planning and implementation.
  • UNHCR and partners continue building strong partnership with communities. Existing community structures include: Refugee Welfare Councils (RWCs), neighbourhood watch groups, gender task force, legal volunteers and community based mediators, SGBV community activists, child protection committees, child rights clubs, and other thematic committees and groups.
  • UNHCR organized four training workshops on PSN in settlements in Arua for staff of four partners. The aim was to equip them with necessary knowledge to verify PSNs, assess their needs, and determine the types of assistance they require.
  • Initiatives to support persons with disability included, for example, a joint assessment conducted in Adjumani for 74 persons with disability in the settlements to establish their needs and assess the condition of their assistive devices requiring repair or replacement. In Rwamwanja, a joint meeting was held with OPM, partners, and parents of PSN children sponsored at the school for children with disability to orient parents on how to support their children.