Tanzania: Good Neighbors constructed a market in Nyarugusu

from Good Neighbors International
Published on 08 Jan 2016

Nyarugusu refugee camp is located in Kigoma, Tanzania, accommodating 150,204 refugees, most of them are Congolese, as of January 6th 2016. Due to protracted encampment, refugees in Nyarugusu camp heavily rely on humanitarian assistance and their economic self-reliance is highly instable. The government of Tanzania therefore eased its encampment strategy for refugees and the host community to trade food and commodities in the buffer zone, considering prolonged encampment and increased influx to the host community. Acknowledging needs in the right to economic freedom and in peaceful interaction with the host community, Good Neighbors International (GNI) launched a market construction project in the Buffer Zone near Nyarugusu camp.

With a project abiding by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) Humanitarian Partnership Programme, GNI constructed a market where refugees and the host community can access to trade and provided both sides with livelihood programmes to found the basis for an autonomous and harmonious market, over the year of 2015.

In 2016, GNI aims to further its efforts in Nyarugusu camp with expansion of the current market and construction of a new market to meet increasing demands for market,. Moreover, GNI will expand the experience in Nyarugusu to two new camps in cooperation with UNHCR, recognising needs for livelihood support for recently arrived Burundians.

GNI is an international humanitarian and development organisation. It has made great strides in its mission by providing people around the world with a better quality of life since its establishment in Korea, 1991. GNI was granted General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC in 1996 and acknowledged its contribution and granted the “MDGs Award” in 2007.