Activities – Construction and Infrastructure, Workshop Management, Warehousing Management, Medicines and Medical Supplies Management, NFI and Refugee Transportation, Fuel Management, Reintegration and Repatriation, WASH, Livelihoods.
Uganda remains the largest refugee operation in Africa, hosting some 1.4 million refugees, mostly from South Sudan (861,600) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (418,369), Burundians (49,082), Somalis (41,850), Rwandese (17,579), Eritreans (15,604), Sudanese (3,240), Ethiopians (3,129) and others (684) (UNHCR 2020). The vast majority of refugees lived in settlements alongside local communities, with urban centres being home to a small percentage of the refugee population, mainly in Kampala.
The protection environment in Uganda remained favorable in 2019, with Uganda’s progressive refugee policy enabling refugees to enjoy freedom of movement, the right to work and establish businesses and access to services such as health care and education.
In Uganda, AIRD’s refugee response continued to assist refugees and asylum seekers settled in the 4 operational areas of West Nile, mid-west, southwest, and Northern Uganda. The programme activities are driven on a multi-year Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHope) strategy. This strategy is aimed at promoting resilience and sustainable development in refugee and host communities.
AIRD Uganda will expand to different regions or phase out of others according to need and ability. These selected areas of focus are carefully chosen based on vulnerability and poverty levels, functionality, commitment of local governments, potential for partnerships, community needs, and on the absence of similar interventions from other development actors.