Germany to provide support for Uganda's refugee efforts

Sep 13, 2017

The civil war in South Sudan has forced a large part of the population to flee. About 1.9 million people have fled to neighbouring countries, with over 1 million seeking protection and help in Uganda. Uganda, which has around 40 million inhabitants a total of which 1.3 million are refugees, is the country taking in the most refugees in Africa.  Worldwide, the country is hosting the fourth-largest number of refugees.

Enlarge image Exemplary refugee policy

Uganda’s policy on refugees prioritises development and is considered exemplary worldwide for how refugees are integrated. In Uganda, refugees enjoy freedom of movement and are given land, seeds and tools in order to provide for themselves.

However, as the refugee figures dramatically rise, Uganda’s refugee policy reaching its limits. Capacities for hosting so many people, as well as providing land, are largely exhausted. The drought in large parts of East Africa is forcing more people to flee to Uganda.

50 million Euro assistance

The German government pledged an estimated 50 million Euro during the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, which was co-hosted by the UN in Kampala in June this year. This pledge was to help support refugees fleeing the civil war in South Sudan. A total of 14 million Euro will be dedicated to humanitarian assistance while the rest will be committed to development cooperation projects. German-Ugandan development cooperation dates as far back as 1964.

“Better migration management”

The German development agency GIZ  is carrying out the “Better Migration Management” programme in the Horn of Africa. On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the EU, the GIZ is working with five EU member states and a number of prominent institutions to help make cross-border migration in the region easier and safer.

The project was launched in the context of the special initiative “Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees” which BMZ launched in 2014. The intention is to provide short-term support to refugees and host communities, seeking to eliminate the long-term structural causes of displacement such as poverty, inequality and lack of food security.


Support for Uganda's refugee efforts

Refugees from DRC in Uganda

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