UNHCR's financial requirements 2018
Funded 43.5 million
Funding gap 426.9 million
The Karamoja region, in North East Uganda, is one of the least developed regions of the country, and is highly vulnerable to resource-based conflict and climate change variability. Addressing food insecurity of vulnerable people is a major challenge in the area.
Measuring resilience provides more informed policies for withstanding shocks. For this reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) developed a Joint Resilience Strategy (JRS) launched in January 2016.
In June, USCRI staff were able to meet some of the masterminds behind the stunning documentary, Sauti: Gayle Nosal (Executive Producer and Director) and Favourite, whose story is told in the film. The film, called “Voice” in Swahili (“Sauti”) because the main characters tell their stories in their own voices, is unique in its depiction of the decades-long protracted refugee situation largely overlooked by much of the world as other global refugee situations continue to emerge.
Here is Gayle’s story on how Sauti came to be:
TORORO, UGANDA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of 5,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea. The contribution will enable WFP to meet the minimum food needs of 420,000 refugees in seven settlements in Uganda for the entire month of August.*
During the month of June 2018, 8,729 persons from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and other countries, arrived in Uganda—the majority from DRC. The humanitarian situation remains unpredictable in South Sudan, DRC and Burundi.
Refugees from South Sudan report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside the country, while those from DRC report inter-ethnic clashes and fears related to the upcoming elections.
BY CATHY WATSON
Developing agroforestry models for refugees and host communities to meet their energy, construction and food needs.
“There is space for trees in refugee settlements,” Clement Okia told officials, NGOs, donors and UN agencies on 30 June 2018, as the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) closed its first agroforestry project for refugees. “Before we started, we did not realize that refugees have such a commitment to plant,” said the ICRAF country representative in Uganda.
Interview with Meryll Patois, HI rehabilitation technical advisor in Uganda
Why was it important for HI to start some rehabilitation activities for refugees in Uganda?
HI started its physical rehabilitation activities because the needs are very important due to the type of conflict faced by South Sudanese refugees. There are no other rehabilitation services in the camp at the moment; HI is the first organisation to provide this service.
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With more than 1.2 million refugees, mostly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Somalia and South Sudan, Uganda is one of the top-most refugee hosting countries worldwide. Due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan, many further refugees currently cross the border to Uganda.
Kampala 3 July 2018: The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) donated an assortment of medical equipment worth $257,000 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) to improve Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services in Iganga and Kamuli districts in Uganda.
The equipment donated includes 4 neonatal incubators, 14 pulse oxymeters, 34 examination beds, 76 medical trolleys, 80 normal delivery sets, and 82 pediatric hospital mattresses.
OBJECTIVE OF THE ANALYSIS
Uganda presents a unique political framework for the refugee population living in the country, promoting refugees’ self-reliance and favouring a development-based approach to refugee assistance. Nevertheless, the magnitude and the speed of influx of refugees are challenging the implementation of this progressive policy.
KAMPALA, 2 July 2018 - The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, UNICEF and the World Bank, are holding a 5-day conference to discuss how social protection programmes can be better tailored to provide timely and effective support to the poor and vulnerable in crisis situations.
Objectif: Renforcer la résilience des moyens d’existence des réfugiés et des communautés d'accueil dans le nord et le centre-ouest de l'Ouganda face à l’insécurité alimentaire et la malnutrition.
Partenaires: Agency for Accelerated Regional Development (AFARD).
Bénéficiaires: 10 108 ménages.
Identification, sélection et sensibilisation des ménages bénéficiaires.
Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast.
Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua)
Extended lean season likely in Karamoja, though Minimal (IPC Phase 1) expected in post-harvest period