UNHCR Uganda: Urban Protection Response Monthly Update (October 2018)
- 52,620: Total number of persons of concern to UNHCR registered in urban areas
- 75% are registered refugees
- 25% are registered asylum seekers
- 49% are registered females
Overview of operational context
- The policy of the Government of Uganda, overseen by the Refugees Department of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), allows refugees to self-settle in places of their choosing in urban areas, provided they have means to support themselves.
- In urban areas, assistance is provided only on a case by case basis to protection, and other cases with diverse vulnerabilities. This assistance is on a one time basis and not open-ended. Those that are unable to sustain themselves have a choice to relocate to the settlements where assistance is available on an on-going basis.
- Through an Age, Gender and Diversity participatory assessment and the findings that informed the programming by UNHCR, InterAid Uganda and OPM, a project partnership agreement IAU implements a multi-sectoral 2018 Urban Refugee Programme in Kampala.
- The Representative of the UN Refugee Agency in Uganda, recalling his meeting with the Kampala City Council Authority(KCCA) Executive Director and delivering his remarks at the third quarter KCCA coordination forum platform described the challenges in the urban response as multifaceted, that for accelerated development there is need for joint coordination, planning and support, he updated on the Kampala verification exercise being an opportunity to facilitate joint planning however going forward partners’ needed to identify key gaps that will require support. The coordination forum is a voluntary membership and was attended by KCCA sector leads, IMPACT-Initiatives, ACTED, IRC, Geo-gecko (mapping), IOM, Norwegian Embassy, UNICEF, YARID (refugee NGO), JRS, IAU, NRC, New Vision (media) OPM and UNHCR.
- A coordination meeting chaired by the acting Commissioner for Refugees at OPM attended by IAU, UNHCR, Uganda police, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Refugee Law Project and Ugandan Red Cross to address protection cases that camp at the UNHCR office gate and self-referrals from the refugee settlements. It was agreed streamline management of these cases through regular monthly coordination meetings, develop and enforce strict measures including SOPs, improve on reception of POCs and awareness-raising in the urban.
- In a follow-up bilateral meeting between UNHCR and InterAid Uganda (IAU), joint activities to improve on urban programming going forward are; regular monthly meetings every second Thursday of the month, monthly case conference every last Tuesday of the month to discuss complex individual cases requiring multi-sector interventions. It was also agreed that before year end a joint community dialogue with urban communities of concern shall be organized and that IAU staff shall benefit from a Code of Conduct and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
- Further to the individual case management training for InterAid Uganda (IAU) caseworkers, IAU and UNHCR developed a joint action plan to enhance case management services in Kampala urban areas, in particular in relation to case management tools/systems, human resources (staffing and capacity building) as well as collaboration and coordination. A clear timeline has been set and major action points to include development and use of key tools such as consent/assent, referral and closure forms, development of individual case management SOPs and monthly inter-agency case conferences to discuss complex cases that will be implemented in the coming weeks.
- UNHCR protection team provided a two-day training to CAFOMI colleagues during their annual staff retreat. Two presentations were made on the Refugee definition, Refugee Act, 2006 and refugee Regulations, 2010.
- In the reporting period InterAid Uganda and UNHCR SGBV Protection staff provided three half-day trainings to a total of 77 Community Extension Workers at three different locations of Kawempe, Kisenyi and Nsambya in Kampala. The content of the training included SGBV Consequences, Multi-Sectoral Response, SGBV Guiding Principles, Four Key Approaches (Survivor-Centered Approach, AGD Sensitive Approach, Rights Based Approach & Community Based Protection Approach), Concept of Sex and Gender, Types of SGBV, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), and Four Guiding Principles of Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The anticipated effective role and output of the Community Extension Workers was also stressed during the training.